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Member: timjones

CollectionsYour library (846), To read (32), Read but unowned (114), All collections (958)

Reviews229 reviews

Tagsfiction (467), novel (315), nonfiction (271), poetry (234), collection (174), science fiction (168), New Zealand poetry (151), New Zealand (136), short stories (94), fantasy (90) — see all tags

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About me

I'm an author as well as a reader. Here's how to find my own books, and some recent anthologies with my work in them:


  • My latest book, published in 2014, is The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry, an anthology I co-edited with P.S. Cottier. It's full of science fiction, fantasy and horror poems from the 19th century to the present day by Australian authors, including such well-known poets as Les Murray, Dorothy Porter, David Ades, Diane Fahey, and A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson.

    You can buy The Stars Like Sand from as a paperback or Kindle e-book, or buy it directly from the publisher at the The Stars Like Sand mini-site.

  • You can buy my 2011 poetry collection Men Briefly Explained from in Kindle or paperback format. It's also available in a range of formats from eBookpie and for the Kobo.

  • My short story collection Transported, which was longlisted for the 2008 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, is available for the Kindle.

  • Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry from New Zealand, an anthology I co-edited with Mark Pirie, won the 2010 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Collected Work. You can buy Voyagers from as a paperback or Kindle e-book, or buy it directly from the publisher at the Voyagers mini-site.

You can find details of all these books at my author page.

Recent Anthologies

About my libraryI started by uploading a selection of books from my library, reflecting my three main areas of reading: science fiction and fantasy, literary fiction (especially Russian and Spanish-language fiction in translation), and poetry - especially New Zealand poetry and European and South American poetry in translation. I've also got a bunch of cricket books, books about Antarctica, and science fiction fanzines. Most of the books listed, I own; books I don't own are tagged with the name of the library from which I borrowed them. Books I've written are tagged but not rated.

Groups50-Something Library Thingers, Best Anthologies, Bloggers, Book Nudgers, Club Read 2009, Club Read 2010, Club Read 2011, Club Read 2012, Club Read 2013, Club Read 2014show all groups

Favorite authorsAnna Akhmatova, Dante Alighieri, J. G. Ballard, Alison Bechdel, Jorge Luis Borges, Alistair Campbell, Angela Carter, Paul Celan, Suzy McKee Charnas, C. J. Cherryh, Arthur C. Clarke, Hal Clement, Jennifer Compton, John Crowley, Fyodor Dostoevsky, George Eliot, Carol Emshwiller, Sergeĭ Aleksandrovich Esenin, Ramachandra Guha, Ursula K. Le Guin, William Hope Hodgson, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Helen Lowe, Bill Manhire, Katherine Mansfield, Alice Munro, Mark Pirie, Tim Powers, Helen Rickerby, Harry Ricketts, Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Silverberg, James Tiptree, Jr., J. R. R. Tolkien, Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev, Gene Wolfe (Shared favorites)


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Real nameTim Jones

LocationWellington, New Zealand

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Member sinceDec 25, 2007

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I hope you do like Marilyn Hacker, Tim. I'll put it in the post in the next few days :-)

Kerry (avataikh)put me on to you as a someone who might be interested in doing an Asia/Pacific book swap for this Christmas. My idea was that, for those interested, I would allocate people a person each to give a book to, they would message their person a list of 10 (or 20 or 50) books that they wouldnt mind losing from their collection, and the person would message back their choice, or a list of their preferences. So everyone would send and everyone would receive one book.
Would you be keen? There are about 7 each from Aus and NZ that I am contacting, plus one in Malaysia.
Message me back by 10 November if you are interested!
Thanks, Megan
Tim - unfortunately we didn't make it to the game. In consolation I did get a Phoenix top for Xmas....

It was nice to meet you, hope to catch up with you on LT throughout 2012.
Thanks Tim
Hi Tim, I see you have recently read 'The Reindeer People' and loved it as much as I did by your star rating. I came on it inadvertently a few years ago having not long seen a documentary about the culture. Vitebsky really took me deeply into their lives and it will definitely be a book I read again in the future.

Kind regards
Hi Tim,

ah yes, Mount TBR … I've stopped making a distinction between “new reads” and “rereads” on my Challenge thread, because it was starting to get embarrassing.
I'll check and see who is staffing the Tor table at Book Expo later in May and see what they have to say about it. Might be a bit "light" for us, but one never knows. - Lois
Thank you very much for replying to my question. I have in fact now ordered the book, as I managed to find a seller who didn't overcharge for postage.
Tim, Belletrista is LIVE now! (so you can see the first issue; apparently I don't have a regular email address for you) Best, Lois
Thanks a million for the great list of climate change fiction titles. I'll try to track these down later this week and hopefully find a few in my local library system.

Tracy Fox
Thanks a million for the great list of climate change fiction titles. I'll try to track these down later this week and hopefully find a few in my local library system.

Tracy Fox
Saw your thread on Reading Globally and wondered if you might be able to help me out. I too work on climate change issues and am updating a recommended reading list that travels to local libraries in Central Illinois in the US.

Some of my climate change group members have requested that I include fiction dealing with climate change. All I have come up with is the horrid book by M Crichton (which I'm not including) and Kim Stanley Robinson's trilogy that starts with Forty Days of Rain.

Another request was for a book on geoengineering solutions ... I know Tim Flannery has spoken about it in the press and maybe some of it will be included in his book to be published this fall. Do you know of any other non-technical books that talk about this topic?

Thanks for any help you can provide. Tracy Fox
Angela Carter...Paul Celan...Arthur C. Clarke.

I have been called eclectic in my tastes, but that trifecta from your favorite authors list pretty well defines the term. The US market appears oddly bereft of your work, can't think why since it sounds pretty darned interesting.

Time to work the web! Good fortune!

Hi Tim: thanks for the compliment. Dying to hear what you think of Kate Camp after the poetry reading!
Excellent! Will send it out this week. - L
Tim--per your recommendation I've just added The Snail on the slope by the Strugatsky's--arrived in the mail today anyway--it's a little battered but I don't think there is a whole lot of them out there--and not sure when I'll get to it but hopefully in the next month.
Hi Tim

Thank you for your warm welcome on Introductions.

I'm trying to read through people's threads and I noticed early in Urania's thread a discussion of Tatanya Tolstaya. I read The Slynx in January. It's a 1984-like dystopian novel set 200 years in the future after an event known as "the Blast," in which most of the characters suffer from a "Consequence" of the Blast. Since your profile says you like science fiction, you might like it, if you haven't already read it.

I also picked up a couple of your recommendations for books about Antarctica at another thread (don't remember where). Thanks.

Also, I'm very impressed that you are a writer. I spend my life writing dull legal briefs, and I envy people who make language come alive. I will be searching for your books to read.

I saw your comment about an Elizabeth Jane Howard binge on a message board (I forget which) and sensed a kndred spirit. I picked up one of hers at a sale and liked it, ordered the next 3 on Amazon, and about a week later was ill enough to have to stay in bed and read them. I got through all of the Cazalet books in 2 days - she's obviously prime binging material!
Hey Tim, thanks for the invite to the Club Read Group. Sorry it took so long to get back to you! No excuses heh. I'm going to decline simply because I belong to the 75 challenge group and I find that one hard enough to keep up with! However, I'm going to keep the Club Read group on Watch, just in case I find myself changing my mind. :)

Cheers - hope the New Year period went well for you.

I guess it's safe to say fiction, but short stories,horror, fantasy. I'm afraid to attempt Sci-fi. I don't feel confident enough but I like complete freedom in creating a setting or scenario that is out of the ordinary. When I say fantasy I don't mean fairy stuff, I guess you might say magical realism. Where the situation and characters are just a bit off, just enough to put a fanciful slant to the story. For instance, I submitted a story about a young boy who realizes that his neighbor, an older man, has drugged his wife and allowed her to be trapped in a house fire. I used descriptions of the weather and a sort of dream sequence to make the story seem a bit other-wordly. I don't know if I succeeded but that is what I was going for. They did not use it, so I plan to work on it and see if I can improve it. I hope that answers your question. Thanks for the info on ordering your book.
Hi Tim, I hope to widen my list of aquaintances on LT this year and I like that we don't share too many books. I would like to experience something different this year and am sure you have something to share. I have been exposed to a considerable amount of poetry, although I read mostly prose. But when I attended college (grad. in 1999)one of my mentors was a well-published Southern Jersey (US)poet and a professor at Stockton College,New Jersey. Gratefully, I attended many readings and met many wonderful poets, among them Billy Collins. I'm a great fan of fantasy, also, but have not read nearly enough. I try to write daily, and have submitted to some periodicals and literary journals. The time that I used to spend reading, I now spend writing, but something had to give. I am quite interested in your books, but if I had to choose I think I would want to order "Transported." Can I do that from the link on your page to the NZ page there? It seems simple enough and looks like a gorgeous book. Happy New Year, Mary Beth
Tim, I have ordered your poetry collection from NZ Books Abroad. I am curious, of course, now that I have gotten to know you a little better through your reading and writing, what 'kind' of poetry you write:-) I would be interested in hearing who your poetry influences are. Michael (Dukedom) will probably poke around in the collection also, but he rarely reads a collection cover to cover like I do (well, I don't exactly read them cover to cover, it's a bit more of a hop around until all are read).

Best, Lois

Hi Tim

Thanks for the interest in my library too! It seems we share an eclectic mix of books read and unread (in my case more of the latter). I'm certainly intrigued. Anyone who's an admirer of Riddley Walker, Borges' poetry, Gene Wolfe and Alice Munro is likely writing for readers such as myself. By the way, do you speak (or rather, read) Russian? I studied it ages ago in university, but I'm quite rusty now, I'm afraid.

Yeah Tim for a being a featured LT author! I will have to look out for your collections - I assume Unity will have them

Hi, Tim!

...Do you know what? My wife said exactly the same thing!

Realistically, I knew I'd never have made it on to the shortlist - there were just too many books there that I know are much better. But I'd have enjoyed the process anyway, and wanted (as ever!) to get a few pointers on which of the collections the judges were recommending me to read! (I'd very much like to buy all 39 of the nominees - well, 38, I'll take a pass on my own - but it'd take me a while to get through them!)

One of those, though, will be yours, because I hate the idea of being denied a book just because distribution isn't easy. So there! And I hope that, like my own, the nomination will have a positive impact upon your sales. I get the impression in its own humble way mine is doing okay.
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