I missed news of this until now, but I’m saddened to hear that Vision member Shayne Hall succumbed to cancer on the 16th of this month.

I met him for the only time at the Aurealis Awards earlier this year, and was struck by his ballsiness: despite weakness and depression from what was rigorous and draining treatment, he had taken on the role of photographer for the evening, and was in his element, laughing and enjoying the hell out of himself. According to Marianne de Pierres, his cremation on Thursday was a beautiful day, and I hope it was well attended by his peers and friends.

I’m saddened by the loss of him. A drink to your memory, mate.


Just come across an interesting interview with pal and Black Flag Library author Matt Farrer, on writing for the imprint and his influences. Matt’s one the nicest, most genuine people I’ve met in the field, and I have warm memories of a gorgeous day trip around country Canberra with him after this year’s Conflux. Go. read. Get an insight into what drives one of the good guys.


Happy 39th birthday to another of the good ones: Danny Oz, fearless fanboy and fabulous fun fellow.

Have a birthday warm milk and lie down on me, old guy 🙂


I am just freaked out as all hell about this. Why do I always get such bloody weird results from these quizzes?

Which Lovely Doctor Who Companion Are You Ashamed To Admit Your Crush On?

Isn’t this interesting… the one you’re really looking for is the Rani, as played by Kate O’Mara! Hardly a “companion” of the Doctor, this renegade Time Lady is devious, brilliant, determined, and often downright murderous. If you had your heart set on a bad girl, beware: they don’t come any badder. Still, as long as you don’t piss her off (and retain an ample life insurance policy), you could be in for a fascinating time.
Take this quiz!

Song of the moment: Velvet Goldmine David Bowie

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