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thea-boshoffRecently I’ve been in contact with Thea Boshoff who is completing her Dr of Literature and Philosophy at the University of South Africa. Thea’s topic is entitled Love’s True Friend: Representations of Intimacy and Gender in The Sentients of Orion.

Thea had this to say about her research:

As a student and a sci-fi fan, I believe that Marianne de Pierres’ Sentients of Orion series has deeply enriched the swashbuckling space opera genre by introducing the elements of gender fluidity and gender diversity throughout. It has been my privilege to spend the last couple of years dwelling in the pages of The Sentients of Orion, examining the lives, relationships and intimacies of the characters toward completion of my D Litt et Phil with The University of South Africa.  After having spent so much time with her creations, I am over the moon to finally ‘meet’ Marianne, and to be collaborating with her! 

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Not only is it wonderful to meet Thea, another feminist SF reader, but I’m particularly delighted that of all my work, she chose the Sentients of Orion to analyse. I put my heart and soul into this series, and it devoured five years of my life. I hope, in some small way, it has contributed to the conversation around gender norms. Thanks Thea, can’t wait to read your thesis!

 

I’ve been working away on various stories and I decided to have some placeholder covers made for them by Austin Designworks. This gives you an idea of what’s coming, and helps me focus on the finish line.

Firstly, my PhD novel, A Once and Future Past, which is a feminist time travel novel set both in the future and in 1400’s France. The protagonist, Ella West, mingles with Christine de Pizan, Yolande of Aragon, and Joan of Arc.

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This is followed by a family biography entitled The Lost American Prince: the splendid life of Colonel Herman Thorn. Fascinating, wonderful story.

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And then The Season of Impossible Dreams a YA contemporary drama about three Australian high school students striving for basketball scholarships at US colleges.

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For Sherrilyn Kenyon fans… news recently in from Dabel Brothers Comics:

The link directly below is the black and white preview of Acheron comic issue #1 for you and your readers to enjoy, please feel free to share.  The actual final comic will be in full colour.  Also the last link is where fans can preorder all 4 comic issues and see the release dates.  

Black and White Acheron Issue #1 Preview

Preorder Acheron comic issues 1-4

Wow! Aren’t they amazing!

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And… here’s a sneak peek of a panel of the Jester from Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria featuring Hadrian and Royce, enjoy and please feel free to share!

Awards

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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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