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Human settlement in the harshest of places. The Avenir: once a generational ship, now a crowded residential station and dominating force over a hard, broken world. Its people have nearly forgotten distant Earth, its wizards ponder the mysteries of the universe, its orphans suffer and beg, while the aristocrats live the high life. Eclectia: the highly unstable planet far below, pulled by its heavy moons into a fast wobble, its crust fractured and tormented with frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Miners and bug hunters eke out an existence through the grit and extreme seasons. The lucky ones live in undersea colonies, where submarines connect cities in the depths. The oceans teem with telepathic life everyone calls "angels." Sheba and Quatermain, the fractured and molten moons of Eclectia, are settled by miners and spacers, while merchants and smugglers ply their trades. For most, survival is an everyday question. Multi-author microfiction gives a many-faceted view of the future.
Te Korero Ahi Ka: To Speak of the Home Fires Burning
Here, between the realms of the Sky Father and Earth Mother, hellhounds race, ghosts drift aimless, and the taniwha stalks. Home fires drive them back, at the same time sparking stories and poems that traverse seconds, eons, and parsecs. Tales of gatekeepers, cloak wearers, and secret keepers. Of pigs with AK-47s or ruby-hued eyes, of love-struck moa, and unruly reflections. Stark truths, and beautiful possibilities...
Te Korero Ahi Ka, a term which means to speak of the home fires burning, is an anthology of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, showcasing work from both established and emerging members of the SpecFicNZ organisation of writers, poets, artists, and creatives. It is a statement about how New Zealand creators of speculative fiction and art shine their light on our literary landscape.
Timegate to Tomorrow
The writers of these stories are the generation to which we will be handing over the future of the world and of new literature. This competition is proof that there are young people, many of them, with the passion and the fire to take the baton and run with it. Luckily for us, that's exactly what we need.
Timegate to Tomorrow contributors are Year 9-13 students from 25 high schools around New Zealand.
Created for Young NZ Writers
Created for Young NZ Writers
aqua (n) - water, used in compound names, or substances in water.
synthesis (n) - The combining of elements into a unified entity.
aquasynthesis (n) - a combining of worlds within a pool of water; an anthology of short stories from Splashdown authors.
Gizile follows her mysterious teacher, Tok, as they look into the ice of an ocean pool to contemplate a series of strange and mystical visions: astonishing tales of technology and transcendence, aliens and elves, space and time, dragons and demons, prophecies and scriptures, humor and horror, the gifted and the enslaved, virtual and supernatural reality, insanity and inspiration.
aqua: a solution, especially in water
synthesis: a complex whole formed by combining
aquasynthesis: a pool of stories, fed by the depths of creation and imagination; an anthology of short fiction by Splashdown authors.
Our past, our future, our fate, our hope-all come to life within a frozen pool at the edge of a vast ocean swirling across the orb of a lost world. Join the authors of Splashdown Books on a journey across space, time, and reality. From Earth to other planets near and far, fantasy lands and Avenir Eclectia. Sixteen stories, one destination: Aquasynthesis.