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Distaff Science Fiction Anthology Out Today!

August 15th, 2019 · No Comments

Distaff, an anthology of all new science fiction stories written by women, is published today in both paperback and kindle versions. The team behind behind it think it is the only such anthology this century!

The southwest of England hosts not one, but two of the authors, E. J. Tett (Holo-Sweet) and Rosie Oliver (The Ice Man).

As for what is in the anthology, one of the authors, Damaris Browne, who lives not that far from the southwest, came up with this lovely description: “…there are twists of all kinds, with aspects of comedy, horror, romance, tragedy and everything in between. We have Nordic police and Nordic myth, environmental messages and examinations of grief, icy inventors, lovelorn ships, planet-saving AIs, rainbow ponies, staring chickens, plagues and immortality, guilt and nowhere-near-enough guilt, clever children and dead children, art and actors, a degraded Earth and an Earth being reborn.”

The official book launch will be at TitanCon at The Hilton, Belfast, Friday August 23rd, 7-9pm in the Lisburn room. More information about the anthology can be found on its official website The Amazon UK link is here.

Authors bios:

E. J. Tett – story title Holo-Sweet

E. J. Tett has been writing stories since primary school, some of which still survive in notebooks in her dad’s attic, and wanted to be an author as soon as she realised it was a possible career choice and “pony” and “ninja” weren’t viable options.

Her first short story, Club Freak, about an anonymous woman’s determination to find her husband’s killer, was published by Park Publications’ Debut magazine in May 2009. Since then, she has gone on to write many short stories and poems for various small presses and has achieved an honourable mention in the 2011 Writers of the Future competition.

In 2014, writing as Emma Jane, she signed her first publishing contracts for not one, but two novels: Otherworld, formerly published by Torquere Press, and Shuttered, by Dreamspinner Press. She also has two novels published by NineStar Press, one a space opera and the other a contemporary romance.Find E.J. online at and follow her on Twitter @emizzy.

Rosie Oliver – story title The Ice Man

Rosie has been in love with science fiction ever since she discovered a whole bookcase of yellow-covered Gollancz science fiction books in Chesterfield library. She was very disappointed when she read the last of those novels. Her only option then was to write science fiction. Which is what she did after gaining two Masters degrees in mathematics, and a career in aeronautical turned systems engineering. To help her along the way, she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where her course novel was shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbit prize as the most promising novel on the course. 

Over twenty of her short stories have since been published in magazines, anthologies and as standalone e-books. Her story “Cyber Control” was voted the favourite short story in Kraxon Magazine in 2016. She published / edited the SFerics 2017 anthology, from which one of the stories, Angular Size, by Geoff Nelder was shortlisted for the 2017 BSFA shorter fiction award. While writing her C.A.T. (a robo-cat) novel, she gained eight Honourable Mentions from the international Writers of the Future Contest, purr, purr, purr. She is currently concentrating on writing science fiction novels in different universes (yes, plural!).

You can find Rosie online at

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