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The team have gotten together and teased out their favourite Film and TV titles for 2015. I’ll be following this post with one of my own. Between the two, you should find some good recommendations for viewing.





Scream-QueensTop Movies and TV 2015

Scream Queens

I love comedy and generally adore any genre crossing so Scream Queens with its horror parody premise is right up my alley. I didn’t expect it to be as nuanced as it is though, with characters that are as crazy as the show itself.

 Mockingjay: Part 2

 This was always a given. Fantastic throughout, though I didn’t love the ending.

 Mad Max

This one I wouldn’t have even watched if it weren’t for all the MRAs saying it was awful. If they hated it that much, I thought that there must be something there. And there was. So much was built into what wasn’t said in this movie. I think you could watch it ten times and discover something new with each viewing.


This is all down to my love of genre crossing. The cast work amazingly together, and the movie is hilarious.

Jupiter Ascending

Pretty sure most people hated this one, but I really liked it. It’s stunningly beautiful and a lot of fun.


dedmanStephen Dedman:



Mad Max 2

Top Film for 2015

The Martian

Inside Out

Mad Max: Fury Road


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

(Really good 2014 movies I didn’t see until 2015 and liked even more than Star Wars were: The Imitation Game, What We Do in the Shadows, Big Hero 6)


Mandy Wrangles_2_tnMandy Wrangles:



outlander s2

Top TV for 2015

The Walking Dead


Jessica Jones

Orange is the New Black

Fear the Walking Dead (I have high hopes for series 2…)

and I’ve just discovered River, thanks to Netflix. Only a couple of episodes in, but I think I’m hooked!


Damian Magee-webDamian Magee:



poldarkHere are my top 5 in TV and films for 2015.

Top 5 TV Shows

Doctor Who


New Tricks


Masters of Sex


man-from-uncleTop 5 Films

Star Wars: Force Awaken

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.



The Avengers: Age of Ultron


Alison MatherA V Mather:



Longmire Season 2

Top TV for 2015

#1 (with shiny stars) Penny Dreadful


Silicon Valley



Also, special mention to Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell.


Jamie’s Top Reads for 2015:
  1. robinson_auroraThe Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett
    A beautifully tearful and satisfying end to the stories from the Discworld from one of the greatest writers of our time.
  2. Aurora – Kim Stanley Robinson
    The chillingly harsh depiction of the struggles of the space ship Aurora as she travels through the empty void of space in search of a new planet to call home.
  3. Luna: New Moon – Ian McDonald
    When every breath you take costs you money, and every step could cost you your life, sometimes it seems that the moon wants to kill you. There are a million ways to die on the moon; just working to stay alive is only the first of your challenges.
  4. A Crucible of Souls – Mitchell Hogan
    A world of fantasy and intrigue with plenty of incredible surprises in store. With more books to come in this series, it’s is only going to get better and better.
  5. The Girl Thing Who Went Out For Sushi – Pat Cadigan
    Defying outdated social constructs such as gender roles and identity, this short story is perfect in its succinctness and form, leaving the reader questioning what/who they are and where they fit in this universe.

Joan_of_Arc_by_RossettiApologies for the downtime in November; I was on a month’s holiday in North America. My intentions of keeping up regular posts proved more difficult than I expected. Anyway, I’ll be popping back next week with my 2015 reflections, but in the mean time, just wanted to say thank you to those who read this blog and support my writers and myself in our craft. You have my gratitude and much applause.

If you’re looking for a quick fiction hit, I’ve got some free flash fiction up on the Barnes and Noble blog. It’s a totally new story, new characters and setting. I’ll be interested to see what you think.

Also, I’m having a week of celebrating my PhD confirmation (topic: Future Feminism in science fiction) at the University of Queensland before I dive back in to study. But I just wanted to put out a call to ask if you know anyone who has some expertise in early 1400’s France (Joan of Arc). I’d appreciate it if you would spread this message across the waves for me in the hope it might reach the right person.

Talk soon everyone!



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Peacemaker - Aurealis Award
Best Science Fiction Novel 2014

Curtin University Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

Transformation Space - Aurealis Award
 Best Science Fiction Novel 2010

Sharp Shooter - Davitt Award
Best Crime Novel 2009 (Sisters in Crime Australia) 





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