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The Cosmic Codex
A funny thing happened on the way to the past

A funny thing happened on the way to the past

Tansy Rayner Roberts' "Time of the Cat" wins the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
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In 1995, Australian genre small-press Chimaera Publications founded the Aurealis Awards to honor “the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.”

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This year, sff author Tansy Rayner Roberts has won the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel with her time travel comedy Time of the Cat. Roberts holds a doctorate in Classics and reads her work on the podcast Sheep Might Fly. She lives in Tasmania.

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Here’s the description of Time of the Cat from the book’s Kickstarter page:

It’s time to take history seriously.

The cats and humans of Chronos College know that time travel is the best job in the world, and nothing bad can ever happen to them in the past… except that one time they lost a traveller. And that other time they lost a cat.

Now they have a chance to make up for past mistakes by rescuing a long lost legend. If only they could convince Professor Boswell, the grumpiest marmalade tabby of all time, to join their mission to the Swinging Sixties, and save one of their own. (Plus pick up a missing episode or two of their favourite TV show along the way.)

Join Ruthven, Boswell, Monterey and Lovelace on the most chaotic time travel adventure of their lives. Featuring special appearances by Cleopatra, Anne Boleyn, famous actress Fleur Shropshire, and the even more famous house where they filmed Cramberleigh between 1964-1986.

Way to go, Tansy!

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On the vast ring habitat Ouroboros, Jel and her synthetic companion Marcus search for Arja, the third member of their triad. This quest leads them to a cryptic technology cult with questionable motives. When they suffer a vicious attack, Marcus and Jel join forces with one of Ouroboros’most renowned computer and robotics experts to get to the bottom of the mystery.
This thought-provoking sf tale explores artificial intelligence, religion, and the ties that bind families together in a fast-paced story full of action, intrigue, and heart.

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