Philippa Ballantine

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Philippa Ballantine
Pip Ballantine 2012.jpg
Ballantine in 2012
Born (1971-08-08) August 8, 1971 (age 42)
New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand
Pen name Pip Ballantine
Occupation author
Nationality New Zealand
Genres Science Fiction/Fantasy/Steampunk
Literary movement The Podiobook (Podcast Novel)

Philippa Jane Ballantine is a contemporary New Zealand author of speculative fiction and an avid podcaster. She now lives in Manassas, Virginia with her husband and collaborator Tee Morris.


Ballantine went first to Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, and then graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a BA in English and Political Science. She also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Library Studies from The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.

In 2006 Ballantine became the first New Zealand author to podcast her novel.[1]

Ballantine's first Book of the Order, Geist, was published by Ace Books in 2010, followed by Spectyr, Wrayth, and the final in the series Harbinger[2]

She is also the co-author with her husband Tee Morris of the "Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences" novels. The first, Phoenix Rising, came out in 2011 and won an Airship Award for best written work.[3]

Phoenix Rising was also rated in the top 10 science fiction books of 2011 on[4] The sequel The Janus Affair was a Locus Bestseller[5] and won the Steampunk Chronicle Readers Choice award for Best Fiction.[6]

In 2011 she also signed a book deal with Pyr books for a two-book series, the first of which is Hunter and Fox. The second, Kindred and Wings, came out in 2013.[7]

Written Material / Podcasts[edit]

Books of the Order[edit]

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels[edit]

The Shifted World Series[edit]

Podcast Novels[edit]



  • Whispers at the Edge (2006–2008)
  • The Shared Desk (2011–present)

Podcast Anthology[edit]

  • Tales from the Archives (2011–present)
  • Chronicles of the Order (2010–present)
  • Erotica à la Carte (2008–present)

Awards and recognition[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Weaver's Web - a free audio book". Retrieved 2006-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Novels by Podcast; How to make money from 'free'". Wired Magazine. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Steamcon III Airship Award". Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  4. ^ "Goodreads Choice Awards". Retrieved 2012-01-18. 
  5. ^ "Locus Bestsellers, September". Locus. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  6. ^ "Winners 2013". Steampunk Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  7. ^ "Pip Ballantine: a full head of steam". New Zealand Herald. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  8. ^ "2013 Readers Choice Award". Steampunk Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  9. ^ "2012 Parsec Award Winners". Parsec Awards. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  10. ^ "Steamcon III Airship Awards". Steamcon. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  11. ^ "Sir Julius Vogel Nominations - 2011". SFFANZ. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  12. ^ "2010 Finalists". Parsec Awards. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  13. ^ "SJV Award Nominations 2010". SFFANZ. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  14. ^ "2009 Finalists". Parsec Awards. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  15. ^ "SJV Award Winners 2009". SFFANZ. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  16. ^ "Sir Julius Vogel Award Results - 2009". SFFANZ. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  17. ^ "Sir Julius Vogel Award Results- 2006". SFFANZ. Retrieved 2006-09-22.