New Release: The Carrion Hunter and Other Tales from a Broken Earth

Snapshots of life on a dying earth, where humans and aliens co-exist carefully and with suspicion, and fragile alliances are forged only to shatter overnight.

It has been a while since I last updated you with what is going on in my life. I have been generating an income from writing articles online and working as an industrial relations practitioner here in new Zealand while writing my stories. I have produced a small collection of first drafts as a result.

Covid-19 restrictions killed off my employment law practice, which meant I had to look elsewhere for an income. I was fortunate enough to find a role as a writer and legal researcher for a company in Auckland. But this means leaving my family behind in Hawke’s Bay for a while. This is my last week at home. I won’t bore you with the details, but I can tell you it is a mixed bag of emotions.

I am thankful for the extra income, but I am going to miss my wife and kids. And then there is Stella, my dog and writing partner. She is old and I am not sure she has five months left in her. Strange times indeed in the Dietrich household.

So of course, it’s the best time to introduce a new book.

I am bringing out all my short stories from the anthologies published with Kosa Press–all with a stunning new cover by artist Tithi Luadthong. Plus, bestselling author Adam Lane Smith wrote the introduction, and it’s fantastic and evocative.

The Carrion Hunter And Other Tales from a Broken Earth

The Northern Hemisphere is a toxic wasteland ruined by war between man and alien. It seems impossible for anything to have survived there. Australia and New Zealand remain habitable. But there lies the crisis. 

Collected here are eight vignettes, snapshots of life on a dying earth, where humans and aliens co-exist carefully and with suspicion, and fragile alliances are forged only to shatter overnight. 

Originally appearing in the anthologies Interspecies: The Inlari Sagas, A Broken World, and Armistice, Woelf Dietrich’s short stories have now been collected here for the first time and with an introduction by bestselling author Adam Lane Smith who captures the spirit of science fiction beautifully as he unfolds and lay bare the heart of it to show us why we love the genre so much.

The Carrion Hunter and Other Tales from a Broken Earth features five Sir Julius Vogel Award-nominated stories, including the novella, Babylon’s Song (2017 SJV Finalist) and The Koru (2018 SJV nominee)

The Carrion Hunter and Other Tales is available on Amazon.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the collection, and if you do, please let others know. As always, a review would be most welcome.


Yours faithfully

Woelf 


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