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Tama Wise

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Tama Wise is a Māori author of Ngāpuhi descent. He was influenced by growing up with hip hop culture, as one of a generation of urban Polynesians searching for identity. Coming to writing in his teens, he was quickly drawn to what little fiction he could find that addressed race, sexuality, and poverty in an urban setting. Since then he has told stories of this world and others, weaving love, life, and a Māori view of things.

Tama has been published both locally in New Zealand and abroad, with short stories published in the anthology Huia Short Stories 7: Contemporary Māori Fiction, and more recently the Yellow Medicine Review. He lives in Auckland with his partner and three budgies. His first novel, Street Dreams, is due for release March 2

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Street Dreams

3.93 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2009
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Death of an empire (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Whilst on a particularly long and ponderous information pod shift I came up with the first paragraph and concept for this short story. When I got home, the rest wrote itself ...... 'High Lord-General Alexander Sampson could say he was there in the final moments. As the brace of fighters shrieked above him in the skies, and the last of the battalions began to surround the great edifice of the Eternal Sun Palace, he knew he was witnessing the fall of an empire that had lasted as long as suns themselves.'
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"Well I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, and the story and characters have popped into my brain on odd occasions over the last few days since I' finished it. It's not perfect, and there's a few niggling flaws, but it's thought provoking an..." Read more of this review »
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Down here in the Southern hemisphere we're grinding through a particularly cold winter. The perfect time to start something new, in terms of serial fiction, and Rust more than delivers with moody atmospheres to match the season. Rustwood is a small t ...more
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Sometime in the future the world has been overrun by vampires, and one man survives, locked in his house by night and scrounging for food by day. Something of a classic, it's probably the grandaddy of the zombie genre, given it was written back in th ...more
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" Thanks for the congrats and love all the same! And thanks for spreading the word. I miss Tyson too, but I know he's doing well. "
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message 5: by Tama

Tama Wise Thanks for the congrats and love all the same! And thanks for spreading the word. I miss Tyson too, but I know he's doing well.

message 4: by Laura

Laura Hi! I have on my calendar the 27th of March as a street date for Street Dreams. Ugh! So sorry---I would have sent love and congrats your way yesterday! It came out on the 13th??!!! Congratulations! I loved it and will spread the word! :D I still miss Tyson.

message 3: by Tama

Tama Wise Sweet! Be interested to hear what you think of it when you're done.

message 2: by Laura

Laura Hi Tama-- Thank you for the add & the recommendation! I’m looking forward to reading B-Boy!

message 1: by Ed

Ed Thank you for the friend add, Tama. I hope all your reads are good ones. Have a great week and holiday.

Ed Lynskey

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