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Year's Best Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy, Volume 5 (The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy #5)
The fifth annual volume of the best of Australian writers of science fiction.
Paperback, second printing, 384 pages
Published by MirrorDanse Books
(first published January 1st 2010)
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Whoa... 2009/2010 was a DARK year in Australian SF and Fantasy, if this excellent collection is anything to go by. There wasn't much light and shade here, just shade and more shade, so I have to make special mention of the lighter stories, like Rob Hood's excellent and creepy "Getting Rid of Mother", Geoffrey Maloney's whimsical and oddly innocent "Fearless Flying Apartment People" and Simon Brown's reimagining of War of the Worlds, "The Empire". It's a dark collection indeed where my own story ...more
Extremely well-written; many very dark. The title should probably have contained the word 'horror' to warn the unsuspecting reader. While lighter stories are few (and I particularly enjoyed 'The Last Deflowerer' by Karen Maric, and the black humour in 'Getting Rid of Mother', by Robert Hood), variety exists in other ways. The styles, settings and ideas span a broad range. Several stories take an Australian context in very original directions, especially 'Wives' by Paul Haines, 'Bitter Dreams' by ...more