In 2011 Twelfth Planet Press began the publication of a series of single author collections featuring short stories and novellas from twelve of Australia’s most prominent female short fiction writers in the speculative and horror genres. The authors were instructed to write four stories of any genre, and each were allowed to take the stories and collection as a whole in whichever direction they desired. In 2015, the Twelfth Planet was published.
Through Twitter, Ju from The Conversationalist and I discovered that we had both planned to read and review all of the Twelve Planets in 2016, and a challenge was born!
What is the aim of A Journey Through the Twelve Planets?
The aim of this challenge is simple: to read all of the Twelve Planets during 2016, and post a review for one of the books at the end of each month.
(Note that the Thirteenth Planet has also been announced; for the time being, this challenge will focus on the original twelve).
What will we be reading and in which order?
We will be reading the Twelve Planets in the order of publication below: (links go to the book purchase pages at Twelfth Planet Press):
Nightsiders by Sue Isle
Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Thief of Lives by Lucy Sussex
Bad Power by Deborah Biancotti
Showtime by Narrelle M Harris
Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren
Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan
Asymmetry by Thoraiya Dyer
Caution: Contains Small Parts by Kirstyn McDermott
Secret Lives by Rosaleen Love
The Female Factory by Lisa L. Hannett and Angela Slatter
Cherry Crow Children by Deborah Kalin
The collections are also available through Smashwords and Amazon in ebook form. Print versions of the collections are available, though several are sold out or close to being sold out at this time.
Want to join in with us?
Add a post on your blog committing to the challenge and comment on the Journey blog. Feel free to use the image I posted above (or the smaller version below).
At the end of every month, I’ll be posting my review of that month’s Planet and we will add a post where links will be collated on the Journey blog. If we get a large number of people joining in the challenge, I’ll add a separate round-up post where we can chat and share ideas.
If you want to join in for just one or two of the books during the year, feel free to join as well.