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    David Kernot is an Australian author living in the Mid North of South Australia and when he's not writing, he's riding his Harley Davidson through the wheat, wine, and wool farming lands. He writes contemporary fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and is the author of over fifty short stories in a variety of anthologies in Australia, the US, and Canada, including the Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror (2011, 2013), and Award Winning Australian Writing (2012). David is currently working on his novel Seventeen Souls. More information can be found at http://www.davidkernot.com/?page_id=6

As AMAZING as it is to be nominated for a HUGO! At my core, I’m a writer, and in 2003 I began to write my first FANTASY novel, which as it turned out I found was from my perspective was awful.  Not from a character sense, or a problem or a story telling per-se, but from clarity, saying what I need in the right tense.  I’ve spent a fair amount of time getting pulled this way and that way with writing groups and such… until I found my own way. Until I was able to tell the story the way I think it needs to be told.

Today I finished the second edits to my first fantasy novel.  Something that started out at 144,000 words is now 89,000, and ready for the first time after after picking up a pen 12 years.  This morning I penned “THE END” and had a moment of pride.  Too any author that has done that, they know how I felt.  It’s a wonderful point in time.  Equally it’s a horrible point in tie when you can set your work free… So now I have searched for the next part in the saga.  Book two starts out at 113,000 words, and I hope it is better written so that it sits around about the same size as the first ended up.  Only time will tell.  I think I’m getting better at it, with clawing time between my PhD to edit and straighten all my words and tense.  It’s a fun time.

As it stands I have a novel I could hand out… but then people will read it and ask for the next, so I’m thinking perhaps I need to get that one done too, quickly so I can have it ready and then finish the next two in the saga.

Oh to have so many choices at this point.  Advice from you all would be wonderful.  Do I sit on novel one until #2 is ready, or push it out there for the world…


I wish I knew.

I was thrilled to wake up this morning and find that I am among such excellent company in this year’s Hugo Award nominees.  As it turns out I have been nominated along with fellow editor, Sue Bursztynski, in the Best Semiprozine category from a pick of 660 nominating ballots.

Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, Andromeda Spaceways Publishing Association Incorporated, 2014 editors David Kernot and Sue Bursztynski.

The thing with ASIM is that each issue is more than the efforts of any one or two individuals, it’s a mammoth task, and the team there is equally deserving.  To name a few, I would have expected that Simon Petrie, Lucy Zinkiewicz, and Edwina Harvey would also received mention, as should have the rest of the team.  Still I can’t emphasise how nice it is to see my name there.  I’ve always found the caliber of story submissions to ASIM to be quite exceptional, so in many ways it’s the great stories that make it easy to edit an issue, I’ve always found we were spoiled for choices.

A Hugo Nomination. Wow!

  • April 11, 2015 - 6:55 am

    c_Dave - Do you have a comment on being on the Sad Puppy slate?ReplyCancel

    • April 11, 2015 - 11:18 am

      David - I hadn’t been aware of the existence of a Sad Puppy slate at the time of my blog post… I’d been too busy on a couple of science publications for quite a few months now, but I see the concept has been reported by some as ‘quite controversial’ and ‘about time’ by others who support it…

      My own opinion is that anyone who finds themselves nominated for a HUGO should feel quite justifiably proud, and as I look over the list of nominees I recognise many many names and believe them more than worthy. Did they get there because a Sad Puppy slate made everyone vote a certain way and took away people’s free will? I think not. As I understand it, not all of the Sad Puppy slate named ended up as nominees, and there were variations in several of the lists. But did they shine a light to highlight to people the vast diversity of excellent Science Fiction and Fantasy works out there? Yes. I really believe so. Do I think that’s a bad thing? Absolutely not. From what I understand no HUGO rules were ‘broken’.

      Around 1592, Robert Greene called William Shakespeare an ‘upstart Crow’ when he first launched onto the stage as a ‘virtual unknown’ and look at the impact that his works have made…

      I think people should read the works on offer and vote for what they believe is the best piece in each category. After all, as writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy (and also horror in my case), we write stories, and we invest an inordinate amount of time and effort, often for little return. The least people can do is read them and ponder the message in each one.ReplyCancel

So I’m in it… a 10,000-word story, which comes from the first (in chronological order) of my inter-connected Dark Military Fiction collection featuring Emerson James Ash.

Here is the link: A Hero’s Welcome by David Kernot 

I’m pretty thrilled with what Mike Davis and the team out at Lovecraft eZine have done.  I’ve even received some feedback on the story, which I have to say felt pretty good.

Here is the list of all the stories, so you can go out and check them out.  But hats off to Mike and his hard-working team, and to Max Martelli – http://www.maxmartelli.com/ who did the illustration for my story.

I’m in EXCELLENT writing company too, so you should check out the other stories too.

What more can an creative artist ask for?


Cthulhu Does Stuff #13 a comic strip by Ronnie Tucker & Maxwell Patterson

Echoes from Cthulhu’s Crypt, #11 a monthly column by Robert M. Price

To Kiss Your Canvas by W.H. Pugmire

The Sleekit Ones by Cameron Johnston

Hunger Full and Lean by J.T. Glover

What the Storm Brings by KC Grifant

Maps by Arley Sorg

Spiral by Matthew Lowes

Exit Horizon by Damir Salkovic

In the Forest of the Night by Alter Reiss

The Mask and the Mirror by Ethan Carpenter

A Hero’s Welcome by David Kernot 

The Unmistakable Shape of Night’s River by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.

Back cover illustration Illustrated by Andrew Mangum, colors by Roy Young


Publisher & Editor: Mike Davis
Co-editor: Matthew Carpenter
Kindle & Nook versions: Kenneth W. Cain
Issue cover: Peter Szmer
Issue back cover: Andrew Mangum, Roy Young
Graphic design: Leslie Harker
Website version: Raven Daegmorgan
Story Illustrations: Nick Gucker, Dave Felton, Peter Szmer, Dominic Black, Raven Daegmorgan, Steve Santiago, John Donald Carlucci, Dauny Mandir, Max Martelli
Story Readers: Lou Columbus, Kimberly Smeltzer, David Binks, Mark Robinson, Douglas Wynne, Vincent LaRosa, Chaz Engan, Anthony Pearce
Line Editors: David Binks, Laura Dawley

I had a 1200 word story published in AntipodeanSF (I’ve mentioned it earlier) but Nuke sent me my very own story cover page for their 200th (17 year) celebratory issue. How cool is that? So I thought I’d post it. The original work was designed by artist: “DasWortgewand”… I hope I can say that is Reimund Bertrams. Google him and chase down his work.


And here is the new AntipodeanSF logo (I think it’s cool!):rocket-crux-300

I’m getting in early in many ways. To start with I’ve had a short story of mine published in Issue 199 of the iconic Australian publication Antipodean SF. It’s called The Day Jupiter Burned It’s a hard science fiction themed piece which is in my usual weird style. I make no apologies there.

The other news, and I’ve copied this from their site is the awesome news about what is up and coming in Issue 200, 17th Anniversary Issue, and I have to say that I am pleased to be in the company of so many talented authors (from http://www.antisf.com.au/ionospherics/1512-ionospherics-199) …

Well done Nuke!

…feast, rest and prepare your mind for the ascendence of Issue 200…

Coming In Issue 200, 17th Anniversary Issue

Two stories from each author — one from each author specially written for Issue 200, plus re-publication of their first story to appear in AntiSF.

From Mark Webb
Authentic Empathy and Shipwrecked (Issue 163)

From Sean Williams
A Giant Leap For A Man and The Goggle (Issue 65)

From Shaun A. Saunders
The Meat From The Butcher and The Best Things In Life (Issue 93)

From Edwina Harvey
Where The Last Humans Went and Party (Issue 1)

From Martin Livings
Closer To God and Sweetheart (Issue 35)

From Rob Bleckly
Real Virtuality & Trojans (Issue 7)

From Kathryn Flaherty
When No One Remembers and Welcome (Issue 107)

From Liz Heldmann
Masses to Masses and Inspiration (Issue 10 – as Liz Martin)

From Christine Gladstone
Devils and What If (Issue 163)

From Michael T Schaper
The Kangaroos of Sicily and Three Sacred Turtles (Issue 99)

From Simon Petrie
Insecure Alternation and The Elder (Issue 107)

From David Kernot
When Hope Is All You Have and Wedding Dress (Issue 108)

From Tony Owens
The Return Of The Were Bat and The Curse Of The Were Bat (Issue 160)

From David Scholes
Social Experiment and The Visit (Issue 131)

From DW Walker
Chlorophyll Haven and Corporate Body (Issue 174)

From Derek Smith
Resurrection and Always (Issue 27)

From Kevin J. Phyland
Acquired Distaste and Curing Cancer (Issue 133)

From Paul Sheringham
Chorus and Bloodletting (Issue 94)

From Wes Parish
Does Whatever… and The Sacrament Of The Sharing Of Prey (Issue 72)

From Tom Grayhorse
One More Deja Againand Grubber (Issue 190)

From PS Cottier
A lively discussion over the merits of flash fiction and The Croupier Retires (Issue 160)