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I am a writer, editor, reviewer and dance teacher based in Perth, Western Australia. You might enjoy my books - The Dagger of Dresnia, the first book of the Talismans Trilogy, is available at all good online book shops. Book two, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available again shortly. Book three, The Seer of Syland, is in preparation. I trained in piano and singing at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. I also trained in dance (Scully-Borovansky, WAAPA) and drama (NIDA). Since 1987 I have been writing reviews of performances in all genres for a variety of publications, including Music Maker, ArtsWest, Dance Australia, The Australian and others. Now semi-retired, I still write occasionally for the ArtsHub website, and I still teach dance at Trinity School for Seniors, an outreach program of the Uniting Church in Perth.

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The first novel of my trilogy, The Talismans, is available as an e-book from Smashwords, Amazon and other online sellers. I do have paperbacks of The Dagger of Dresnia at the low price of $AU25 including postage within Australia. I also have a short story, 'La Belle Dame', in print - see Mythic Resonance below. Book two of the trilogy, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available again shortly. The best way to contact me is via Facebook!

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The first two books of The Talismans trilogy were published by Satalyte Publications, which, sadly, has gone out of business. Book one, The Dagger of Dresnia, is up on the usual bookselling web sites as an e-book, and I have a few hard copies to sell to those who prefer Real Paper. Book Two, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available soon. The easiest way to contact me is via Facebook.

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Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Fire breathing robot dogs!

Science fiction has long been noted for its ability to predict, sometimes with uncanny accuracy, things that will come into being in future years. Recently, though, technology has been catching up - it's very hard for writers to stay ahead of inventors, so fast are things changing.

This was brought home to me very personally yesterday. Over at LinkedIn, members of that network's science fiction group, including yours truly and e-buddy Dave Dunn, have started a "never ending story board". You might've done something similar; one person starts a story and each person in turn adds a paragraph in rotation, continuing until the story comes to a natural end or the writers give up on it (usually the latter, in my experience!)

In the first part of the story, Dave brought in a trio of robots, each fashioned in the image of a giant Jack Russell terrier! I thought they were very funny, so I added to the description when my turn came. They are metallic, probably put together out of bits and pieces of scrap. And they can give anyone who messes with them a nasty electric shock. How original, I thought. How very clever and creative we are!

HA! the very next day, Dave found this article about fire-breathing robot dogs. Someone had beaten us to it!

More imaginative writing can be found at a new site created by ROR (wRiters-on-the-Rise). The group, which includes top Aussie talent such as Richard Harland, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Dirk Flinthart, Marianne de Pierres, Trent Jamieson, Rowena Cory Daniells and Maxine McArthur, has started this site so you can download short stories and even chapters of their books. When I tell you that in recent months, Rowena has sold King Rolen's Kin, a 3 book fantasy series, to Solaris; Tansy has sold Power and Majesty, also a 3 book fantasy series, to Harper Collins; Richard has sold Worldshaker, a children's book, to Allen and Unwin and Marianne has sold Tara Tasse, a paranormal crime/romance, also to Allen and Unwin, you will understand the calibre of work I'm talking about. Go over there and taste for yourself!

Oh, and you might want to look at Edward II (Alianore's blog)
again, too:-) She has uploaded another lot of funny medieval names for our delectation and delight!

8 comments:

Jo said...

Isaac Asimov had that experience of writing stories early in his career about things which "got invented" later on. Maybe not as quickly as your experience of course. I had friends who theorised the authors thought of it, the scientists then read the books and decided to invent it.

Satima Flavell said...

I'm inclined to think there are ideas floating around and different people pick them up, some earlier than others. Like the two researchers who discovered within weeks of each other the fact that women are fertile about 2 weeks before their periods are due. There are lots of other examples and SF abounds with precognition of ideas that are coming into their time:-) Forex, Jules Verne and his submarine; Dick Tracy and his phone / wristwatch - remember that on the radio in post-war Britain?

Jo said...

No, funnily enough I don't remember Dick Tracy - I remember Dick Barton though. Used to listen to that every night. Look at all the Bond gadgets, I wonder how many of them are now "real"?

Satima Flavell said...

Hm - maybe it was Dick Barton. I was only five or six when my sister Anne used to listen to it, so I'll ask her and let you know!

Jo said...

Thinking about it, I think Dick Tracy was American. Dick Barton, Special Agent, with Snowy and Jock as his side kicks, was on the radio at 6:45 p.m. every evening (well maybe not weekends, I can't remember.

Satima Flavell said...

Yeah, I reckon you're right. I was talking about Dick Barton.

Alianore said...

Thanks again for the link to my blog, Satima.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Satima Flavell said...

Thanks for dropping in, Alianore, and thanks for your lovely blog!

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