Philippa Ballantine

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Philippa Ballantine
Pip Ballantine 2012.jpg
Ballantine in 2012
Born (1971-08-08) 8 August 1971 (age 45)
Wellington, New Zealand
Pen name Pip Ballantine
Occupation author
Nationality New Zealand
Genre Science fiction/Fantasy/Steampunk
Literary movement The Podiobook (Podcast Novel)

Philippa Ballantine (born 8 August 1971), who also used the pen name Pip 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.


Philippa Jane Ballantine was born in Wellington, New Zealand. She attended Samuel Marsden Collegiate School and went on to graduate 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]

Verity Fitzroy and the Ministry Seven series[edit]

YA novella

  • Philippa Ballantine, Tee Morris, The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh (2016), Imagine That! Studios ASIN B01IPJC0YG


  • Philippa Ballantine, Tee Morris, Magical Mechanications (2016) Contains four steampunk novelettes: Little Red Flying Hood, Aladdin and His Wonderfully Infernal Device, Little Clockwork Mermaid, and Mechanical Wings, Imagine That! Studios ASIN B01EZJTNRW

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]

  • 2013 Steampunk Chronicle Readers Choice Award winner for Best Fiction[8]
  • 2012 Parsec Award winner for Best Speculative Fiction: Small Cast (Short Form)[9]
  • 2011 Airship Award winner for best written work (with Tee Morris)[10]
  • 2011 Sir Julius Vogel Award nominee for Best Novel- Adult[11]
  • 2010 Parsec Award finalist for Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast[12]
  • 2010 Sir Julius Vogel Award finalist for Best fan production[13]
  • 2009 Parsec Award finalist for Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast[14]
  • 2009 Sir Julius Vogel Award winner for Best fan production[15]
  • 2009 Sir Julius Vogel Award nominee for Best Novel- Adult[16]
  • 2007 Parsec Award finalist for Best Writing Podcast
  • 2006 Sir Julius Vogel Award nominee for Best Novel[17]


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

External links[edit]