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Dirk Flinthart writes from the northeast of Tasmania, where he has settled to raise dangerous children and wait out the coming environmental, economic and social shitstorm. He's been writing for over ten years now, though mostly in small press, and favours speculative fiction — not least because (having three small children) he mostly writes short works. Recent years have seen his work in Twelfth Planet Press, Andromeda Spaceways, Agog! Press, Ticonderoga Press and a bunch of other like-minded places.
Flinthart's interests, like most writers, are too varied to bother mentioning here, but shortlisting them to martial arts, cooking,
offbeat cinema, animation and glass mosaic-work would be a good start. He's editing an anthology called "Canterbury 2100: Pilgrimages in a new world" for Agog! Press, is training for an advanced ju-jitsu grading, studying Iaido, and has just signed up for a course in fencing. The smart money says Flinthart is certifiably mad. Having no money to speak of, Flinthart laughs at such trifles — albeit somewhat manically.
on Dec. 26, 2010 :
Angel Rising is a novella by Tasmanian writer Dirk Flinthart. The story is set in the shared world of New Ceres a now defunct (or it just in haitus) Australian Speculative Fiction project.
The tale is set on the World of New Ceres, a planet isolated from the rest of space faring humanity by virtue of laws that preserve it as a replica of eighteenth century earth. You will find examples of Enlightenment era Europe as well as, in this case Feudal Japan.
Certain modern technologies are banned, there is only one spaceport on the planet, entry and departure from New Ceres is strictly controlled.
Our protagonist George Gordon is a Proctor, a genetically enhanced human who forms part of the Lady Governors network of secret protectors. He and others are sent to weed out illegal off worlders and investigate those who threaten society and culture on New Ceres.
Gordon is sent to to the Sunrise Isles (New Ceres' Japan) to investigate a potential off world incursion. What follows is action and subterfuge aplenty involving samurai, ninja and nuns.
And it's not as corny as that last sentence sounds.
What I liked
Angel Rising, and the New Ceres setting reminds me of the feel of Firefly - though with more swashbuckling. Always a bonus in my opinion. Dirk Flinthart's writing is punchy, the action smoothly written and his characterization of George Gorden has left me wanting more stories with this protagonist.
What I didn't like
Not enough George Gordon. Please write more. I have had to hunt down all the other New Ceres works just to get my fill.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)