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Aiki Flinthart Aiki Flinthart i(10700707 works by)
; Died: Ceased: 1 Feb 2021
Gender: Female
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Author of speculative fiction, based in Brisbane.

Aiki Flinthart published the 80AD series in 2011: the series followed two characters trapped in various levels of a videogame, each of which explored a different culture in the same year. In 2015, she published the first in her Kalima Chronicles, which was set on a world without iron or fossil fuels, entrenched in a feudal society, until they uncover mineable iron ore. In 2018, she released the first in her Ruadhan Sidhe novels, an urban fantasy series set in Australia: the companion mosaic novel, Blackbirds Sing, was shortlisted for both the Norma K. Hemming Award and Aurealis Award for best collection.

Flinthart also published short stories, a number of which were collected in Worlds in Words, and edited multiple anthologies, including collections from the Springfield Writers Group, and, in early 2021, Relics, Wrecks & Ruins, her final work, which collected short stories from Australian and international writers.

As well as an author, she was a swordswoman and archer, which formed the basis for her non-fiction work Fight Like a Girl, which provided resources on writing fight scenes for female characters.

Aiki Flinthart died in February 2021. She endowed the Flinthart Writing Residency, with Queensland Writers Centre, which was inaugurated in 2021 and provided ten weeks of dedicated writing time, including mentoring and a stipend, for one writer a year: in addition, her Blackbelt in Writing articles, originally published on her blog, formed the basis for an online writing course of the same name, developed and run by Queensland Writers Centre.

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y separately published work icon The Zookeeper's Tales of Interstellar Oddities Darra : Computing Advantages & Training , 2020 18660017 2020 selected work short story science fiction

'The galaxy is a strange place full of weird creatures and even weirder sentient beings.

'See it through the eyes of four outcasts, banished to Asteri Station on the fringes of the Hegemon Economic Alliance. Absinthe Krull, the Aquanorian with a dark past—who runs The Zoo, the bar on the Asteri. Ori Bligh, a young Terran whose life of privilege has been destroyed by a stupid mistake she’s desperate to put right. Zev Smith, maintenance master for the station, in hiding for forty years for a poor decision; and Cordelia Bane, bounty hunter with a stack of debts to clear.

'When first Ori then Cordelia arrive on Asteri, the stories they hear at the Zoo slowly reveal not only the oddities all four have encountered in their travels, but also things all four would prefer left in the shadows of the past.

'And, in the end, will help them decide on a new future.

'Fourteen stories from all corners of the galaxy and covering five hundred years of history. If you love science fiction, weird west, humour, and darkness, then The Zookeeper’s Tales of Interstellar Oddities will keep you pinned to your seat.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 nominated Ditmar Awards Best Collected Work
2020 finalist Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Anthology Division
y separately published work icon Blackbirds Sing Darra : Computing Advantages & Training , 2019 18659885 2019 single work novel young adult historical fiction fantasy

'Four-and-twenty extraordinary women; one chance to save a kingdom.What would you sacrifice to save your family, your loved ones, yourself?

'In September 1486, the reign of King Henry VII of England is again threatened by York loyalists. The only thing standing in the way is a four-hundred-year-old sidhe who just wants to be left alone, and a group of London women with a lot to lose if England is plunged back into war.

'But, in 1486, women have no power. Only the ability to make difficult choices and sometimes-heartbreaking sacrifices. Become immersed in the fascinating, perilous lives of these women, as told through the medium of 25 interwoven short stories. A prostitute selling her daughter’s virginity to pay her debts; a nun returning to the world after 30 years; laundress whose son is murdered; a lady’s maid hiding her Jewish culture; a blind musician running from a forced marriage; and more.

'Each story is a piece in the puzzle. Each woman faces her own trials as she plays her small part in the desperate attempt to protect King Henry and his wife, Elizabeth of York.

'Because if they fail, England will once again be thrust into civil war between the Yorks and Lancasters. And these four-and-twenty women have already sacrificed too much.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted Norma K. Hemming Award Long Form
2019 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Best Collection
Pigshit and Gold 2019 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Dimension6 , no. 18 2019;

'The longer you live, the more war you see. And Haldora has seen much more than she cares to.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Fantasy Division Short Story
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