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Gordon Highland is in ‘The Tobacco-Stained Sky’

“A couple of years ago, I read Andrez Bergen’s excellent post-apocalyptic sci-noir novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat and began a correspondence with the author, interviewing him for The Velvet and keeping in touch all friendly-like, as we do. A few books later, he re-approached Goat‘s publisher, Another Sky Press, about releasing an anthology of stories by other authors that he compiled (along with co-editor Guy Salvidge), all set within the well-developed universe of that first novel. I immediately jumped on board as a contributor, taking it as a challenge to write my very first story in that genre.”
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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ Nerd Culture Podcast

Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is set in a post-apocalyptic Melbourne, Australia, so right off the bat I’m hooked. I can’t tell you what a thrill it was to be reading a book set in my hometown, especially a post-apocalyptic version of it! (the closest I’ve come is the comic Kranburn by Ben Michael Byrne).

Most of the rest of the world is gone and Melbourne is often referred to as ‘the last city’. The rich and famous live comfortably opulent lives inside the Dome, which covers what used to be the Melbourne CBD. The poor and unwanted are forced to live in the harsh world outside the Dome, where crime is rife, the pollutants in the sky block 99% of the sun’s light, and acid rain is almost always falling. It is essentially a totalitarian state, where the Brazil-like government utilizes Blade Runner style Seekers to hunt down ‘Deviants’.
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Justin Nicholes’ River Dragon Sky (Signal 8 Press) is out now!

Justin Nicholes’ new novel River Dragon Sky, released by Signal 8 Press, is now available! (Click here to buy from Amazon)

JUSTIN NICHOLES (justinnicholes.com) is the author of the novel Ash Dogs (Another Sky Press, 2008). His fiction has twice been nominated for Read more…


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SFX Magazine Awards – vote now

Like your sci-fi in 2012 and/or have an opinion? The SFX Magazine awards is now up and running and you can Read more…


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Melbourne book launch outcome

So I’m now back in Tokyo, after a two week sojourn in Melbourne – the more prominent Melbourne in Australia rather than its silly namesake in Florida, which is 32 years younger. I get parochial about this because the Melbourne in Australia is my hometown, and also the setting for my novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat – where, on 10 August, we Read more…


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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat: The video trailer/teaser

Introducing the video trailer/teaser for Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat!
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Floyd has his very own Facebook page

“Our P.I.’s name is Floyd and he’s an unhappy sort. He has a sick wife named Veronica who is hospitalised and may soon die. He has a job seeking out deviants, and for this he has ‘The Guide to Deviant Apprehension & Containment’, with its mantra of ‘Seek, Locate, Apprehend, Contain, Terminate [if necessary].’ Basically he’s a bounty hunter, and he’s none too happy about it, hence the copious amounts of alcohol that spill from Floyd’s pores and from these pages.”
(Guy Salvidge)

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Dedicated website for Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat

Everything you always wanted to know about the  post-apocalyptic sci-fi/noir yarn featuring love, cinema and intrigue.

Reviews . Praise . Art . Video . Guff . Read more…


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Tokyo book launch – been there, done that!

Well, we actually did go through it with the Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat book launch on 25th March and I’m still recovering – as we went right through from 6:00pm to 6:30am.

It was bloody brilliant, too.

Aside from the novel launch per se, we quite conveniently skipped out on any of the usual aftershocks that’ve been plaguing Japan lately, no-one glowed in the dark, and we screened The Maltese Falcon and The Third Man interspersed with anime gems like Tokyo Marble Chocolate and Mamoru Oshii’s Tachiguish-Retsuden; heck, we even showed The Karate Kid.

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Andrez is doing fine (in Tokyo)!

Just letting everyone know Andrez Bergen (Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat) and his family are doing fine.

From Andrez:
“It’s been an insane couple of days for sure, and we keep getting crazy after-shocks. But Tokyo was Read more…