Next suggests ‘change’, perhaps, but it doesn’t have to invoke change, it can simply be an account of cause-and-effect. Soemtimes it’s the absence of change, the sense of inevitability, that gives the story its terrible power and its resonance. Or it might be a rite-of-passage; of invention and exploration; of the testing and transgression of boundaries; or a story laden with doom or hope or just the inevitability of inescapable repetition. Yup, this theme is a theme for all seasons; it’s a cut and come again theme that can mean pretty much whatever people want it to mean.
The selected stories range far and wide across all aspects of the speculative genres, from gentle fantasy to full-blooded dystopian SF to hackle-bristling psychological horror, while also canvassing in its sweep whimsy, adventure, romance, parody, and tragedy.
There are names among the authors that will be familiar to many, as well as some nuggets of newly-emerging talent. It will be an absolutely ripping read.
Next will be launched at the Australian national science fiction convention, Conflux 9, in April 2013.
Table of Contents (in alphabetical order):
Kris Ashton: ‘The Midway Hotel’
Daniel Baker: ‘Stories in the Square’
Alan Baxter: ‘Quantum Echoes’
Adam Browne: ‘Animal the Colour of Waiting’
David Coleman: ‘Gambler’s Blues’
Craig Cormick: ‘Ned Kelly and the Zombies’
Elizabeth Fitzgerald: ‘Phoenix Down’
Ross Hamilton: ‘When Money Talks’
Richard Harland: ‘Here’s Glory For You’
Edwina Harvey: ‘Next, cried the Faun’
Rik Lagarto: ‘The Wild Hunt’
Chris Large: ‘Girl Finds Key’
Martin Livings: ‘Cause and Effect’
Tracie McBride: ‘Wooden Heart’
Chris McGrane: ‘The Cat and his Zombies’
Ian McHugh: ‘Vandiemensland’
Claire McKenna: ‘The Ninety Two’
Shauna O’Meara: ‘The Dream Tracker’
Robert Phillips: ‘A Dream of Something More’
Gillian Polack: ‘Someone’s Daughter’
Angela Rega: ‘Almost Beautiful’
Nicky Rowlands: ‘On the Wall’
Leife Shallcross: ‘A Little Warning’
Daniel Simpson: ‘Those Days’
Steve Simpson: ‘The Electrician and the Circus’
Helen Stubbs: ‘Casino Five’
David Versace: ‘Imported Goods—Aisle Nine’
Janeen Webb: ‘Hell is Where the Heart Is’
Catherine Whittle: ‘The Room’
Suzanne Willis: ‘Of Starfish Tides’
Editors: Simon Petrie & Rob Porteous
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About the Author
Simon Petrie grew up (or so he claims) on the plains of North Canterbury in New Zealand, and now lives in Canberra’s wild west. He has previously edited four issues of 'Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine' (issues 35, 40, 51, and 54) and co-edited 'Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear' (Peggy Bright Books, 2012) with Edwina Harvey. He has so far succeeded in including at least one contribution from a CSFG member in every volume he’s edited, and is very relieved that 'Next' is no exception.