Non-Fiction

interview by Joe Vaz

As I was setting the story from the zombie's viewpoint I figured grunts would not be the way to go. A narrative of grunt, grunt, grunt, ugh, argh, grunt, grunt might have been off-putting.

From Issue 16 (Dec 2011)
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by Vianne Venter

It’s been a very good year for reading. Bizarrely, this is largely due to the birth of my daughter, which forced me to sit still for the first time in, well, my life really. Just about the only thing you can do with a baby sleeping on your lap is read – terrible, I know, but I bore my sentence bravely.

From Issue 16 (Oct 2011)
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interview by Joe Vaz

I think we're only a few mutations away from a serious pandemic at any time. All you need is one really nasty airborne virus with a two-week incubation period, and WHAM, it's bye-bye humans.

From Issue 16 (Dec 2011)
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interview by Joe Vaz

I'd love a temporary job in space, but I don't think I could live without walking in the woods. Like Dan, I think I'd miss things like cockroaches. Well, maybe not cockroaches, but certainly spiders' webs and moss and birdsong.

From Issue 16 (Dec 2011)
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by Mark Sykes

CHRISTMAS IS HERE, FOLKS, and as usual, we have a huge amount of largely unusable dross out there in the shops to get for our friends and family. One thing that proliferates more than anything else around this time is literature, and I use the word in its loosest sense. The bookshelves at CNA, WH Smith and Barnes & Noble (depending on which corner of the globe you’re in) annually groan under the weight of the offerings brought out by celebrity chefs, TV presenters, actors, musicians, models, fame whores, soap stars, designers, comedians and sometimes, writers.

From Issue 16 (Dec 2011)
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interview by Joe Vaz

I believe "God of Light" was one of several stories that came out of my desire to show my Lit professors (some who told me that writing SFF was a sure way not to get an A in their classes) that SFF was as good as literary fiction and revealed humanity just as well. I received A's in every class, so I think I made my point.

From Issue 16 (Dec 2011)
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by Joe Vaz

Our first story for the month, (available on the 6th of Dec) is “God of Light”, by Domyelle Rhyse, in which a young girl attempts a last minute escape from a ritual ceremony. “Breathing Space” by Sheila Crosby (out 13th Dec), is our novelette for the month, a hard SF piece set on a mining vessel.

Next up (on the 20th of Dec) is our end-of-the-world piece for the month, “Pulse”, by Tom Jolly and we close of the issue, and the year, (on the 27th of Dec) with our cover story, a poignant look at how the other half live, in “Six Feet Above”, by Cate Gardner.

As promised, our feature interview this month is with the baddest-ass Mexi-Can ever, Mr. Danny Trejo.
Our book review this month is a year-end review of some of our story-editor, Vianne Venter's, favourite reads for the year with particular focus on Justin Cronin’s The Passage and Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.

From Issue 16 (Dec 2011)
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by SL Grey

THE OTHER DAY AT a literary festival event (one of the rare occasions when both halves of S.L. Grey have been trundled out in public in the same room) the panel was asked whether South Africa should have its own genre imprint. The audience was made up of some of South Africa’s very loyal SFFH fans, and we think they expected the answer, ‘Yes, of course, it’s a scandal that there isn’t a dedicated genre imprint in South Africa.’

From Issue 15 (Nov 2011)
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interview by Joe Vaz

I like to write about cliché things, only do something opposite to the nature of the concept.

From Issue 15 (Nov 2011)
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interview by Joe Vaz

The move to Australia was a good one for me, and I went there as a pastry cook, really thinking that was what was going to happen, and that I’d end up owning a bakeshop in Melbourne. It turned out that their department of immigration is a lot stuffier than I’d expected, and to work as a pastry chef I had to work at some place that hired a certain number of people and they had to prove that they couldn’t find someone local and I had to be making a certain amount of money, so I ended up working in the sub-basement of a five-star hotel in Melbourne

From Issue 15 (Nov 2011)
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