Approaching the end of June!

A reminder that the end of June is approaching, and so is our wrap-up post of our Planet of the month, Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren.

Through Splintered Walls - cover

There’s still plenty of time to read and review the collection, or any of the individual stories, should you wish to join in on the journey this month.

You’re also welcome to add reviews to any of the Twelve Planets we’ve read and reviewed so far (either the whole of the collections or individual stories within). Just hop on over to the relevant wrap-up post and leave a comment with the link to your review, and it will be added.

A thank you also to everyone who’s been reading along with us, and who have been reading the reviews.


Steph: The Whys and Hows of the Interplanetary Voyage

journey-through-the-twelve-planetsHere’s a story for you.

Once upon a time, there was a little white girl growing up in suburbia.  This girl wanted to be a ballerina, then a writer, than a doctor.  She grew up believing that she could be anything.  And she grew up blind to the fact that many people do not have that choice.

Life went on and changed.  She became a medical researcher, then lost that career almost as soon as it began due to the development of chronic illness.

And she had to forge a new path.  This path meandered along through the same places she had always known for a long time.  She started writing again, trying to forge a new career, inasmuch as she could.

One day she started listening to podcasts.  One of the podcasts she listened to was Galactic Suburbia.  Listening to this podcast changed everything about how she wrote and read, and about how she viewed the world (see this).  She grew to admire the work that the Galactic Suburbia team were doing, and especially that of Alisa Krasnostein with Twelfth Planet Press.

And when the Twelve Planets series was announced, it is no surprise to anyone that she bought all of the shiny, shiny paperbacks.

And then she thought: I’ve been given so much and learned so much, so what can I do to give something back?

At the same time, there was another she, another person thinking and pondering and contemplating a similar journey.

Two paths converged and became one.

And thus the Journey Through the Twelve Planets was born.

For me, it is about giving something back.  To Twelve Planet Press and to Alisa, as well as all of the fabulous authors of the collections (all of whom are authors I admire deeply) and everyone else who has been involved in the production of the Twelve Planets.  The collection of collections is an amazing undertaking and I hope that this project can help to shine a little light on it and all of the people involved in it.


January Challenge: Nightsiders by Sue Isle

Join us this month as we begin our journey through the Twelve Planets with Nightsiders by Sue Isle.

We will be reading this collection during the month, and at the end of the month (January 31st 2016) a post will be added where you can link your review of the collection, as well as discuss the collection and its stories.

If you have already reviewed Nightsiders, feel free to add a link on the end of the month post as well.  You are also welcome to join in the challenge at any later time.

Nightsiders - cover

In a future world of extreme climate change, Perth, Western Australia’s capital city, has been abandoned. Most people were evacuated to the East by the late ’30s and organised infrastructure and services have gone.

A few thousand obstinate and independent souls cling to the city and to the southern towns. Living mostly by night to endure the fierce temperatures, they are creating a new culture in defiance of official expectations.

A teenage girl stolen from her family as a child; a troupe of street actors who affect their new culture with memories of the old; a boy born into the wrong body; and a teacher who is pushed into the role of guide tell the story of The Nightside.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction by Marianne de Pierres
  • The Painted Girl
  • Nation of the Night
  • Paper Dragons
  • The Schoolteacher’s Tale

Buy Nightsiders at Twelfth Planet Press in either ebook or paperbook format.  The ebook is also available at Amazon and Smashwords.