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Anywhere but Earth

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  28 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Award winning independent Australian press Coeur de Lion publishing presents twenty-nine all new science fiction stories of humanity’s adventures out there, anywhere but Earth, featuring original works by Margo Lanagan, Sean McMullen, Richard Harland, and Kim Westwood among a galaxy of new and established Australian and overseas speculative fiction authors.

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Paperback, 730 pages
Published October 14th 2011 by Coeur de Lion Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nov 16, 2011 Thoraiya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start off by saying that this book is not small. Like ‘X6’, this latest anthology is in stark contrast to the svelte offerings of Twelfth Planet Press. ‘Anywhere But Earth’ is a hearty meal to be digested slowly over days; weeks; months.

So take your time, and enjoy. The stories are diverse and consistently top-notch. Like last year’s ‘Sprawl’ and this year’s ‘ASIM #51’, none of the stories stand out as an obvious cull, and the potential for my least favourite to be someone else’s outstand
Dave Versace
Oct 28, 2012 Dave Versace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing to say about the Anywhere but Earth anthology from Coeur de Lion Publishing is that it's a pretty damn thick slab of stories, over 700 pages in paperback form. There are 29 stories, most of them short but at least a few straying up into novellete territory, and most of them by Australian authors. As is the style of the times, it seems, this hefty collection of science fiction is a themed anthology. The title will give you the gist - these are all stories set far from the human ho ...more
Alan Baxter
Jan 08, 2012 Alan Baxter rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a contrib copy for me, as it features my story, Unexpected Launch. However, mine is only one of 29 stories in this 728 page epic tome of a sci-fi anthology. I think this book will go down as a must-read in modern science fiction. The scope of the stories and the talent of the contributing authors is astounding. It really is a fantastic array of ideas and style. If you’re a sci-fi fan, you’ll dig this book. If you’re not, it’s a great place to start. And if you know someone who says they ...more
Rick Keuning
Feb 13, 2013 Rick Keuning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This anthology is full of firsts for me. It was first lunched at my first spec-fic event just after I’d written my first short story. It’s also the first science fiction I bought on my Kindle. With all these first, I’m glad to report that it is a first rate book.
It’s also a big book, its physical size really stood out when I first saw it. I’m actually glad I was able to buy it on Kindle. Its size is because there are a lot of stories, 27 in all. With so many stories I’d expected to find some sto
D.M. Cornish
Dec 10, 2012 D.M. Cornish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

It truly is like a wild tour of the voids beyond our own small ambit, all manner of visions of the future of our species, in an invigorating array of styles and approaches.

I have had a reading drought for the longest time and this collection of jewels (everyone of the stories had been thrilling and rewarding and inspiring and instructive in the craft and in imagination)as re-energised me not only to read but to write too.
This is a very impressive collection packed with short stories that are set - quite literally - anywhere but Earth. It's rare to come across an anthology with no weak links, especially one that's so long, but I think Stevenson has managed to achieve this feat.

My favourite stories were "SIBO" by Penelope Love, "Rains of la Strange" by Robert Stevenson and "Messiah on the Rock" by Jason Nahrung.

Verdict - definitely check this one out.
Mark Webb
Dec 26, 2011 Mark Webb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the recentNSW Writer's Centre Speculative Fiction FestivalI attended the launchof this 29 story anthology produced by Coeur de Lion and edited by Keith Stevenson.As the name implies, Anywhere But Earthhas stories based on mostly human exploration and colonisation of the galaxy, with the only common theme that the stories are not set on Earth.

There are a range of authors, with a heavy weighting towards the antipodes. There seems to be reasonable gender balance in the stories, not quite 40% wom
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Katharine is a judge for the Aurealis Awards. This review is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team.

To be safe, I won't be recording my review here until after the AA are over.

I can see how this would appeal to others but I found myself skipping through most
Beautiful by Cat Sparks - 4 stars. very good

Maia Blue is Going Home - Liz Argall, 4.0 stars. Argh! Frustratingly showing all signs of potential greatness. Strange, cool idea but needs more coherence so readers can understand the ideas.
Nov 09, 2014 Liviu marked it as started_finish_later  ·  review of another edition
interesting anthology which I just found out about and as I find it hard to resist such when they are sf and take place in space, I got a copy and will starts reading soon
Patty Jansen
Dec 24, 2011 Patty Jansen rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is a great collection of stories set on not-Earths. My favourites were Alien Tears by Wendy Waring and Eating Gnashdal by Jason Fischer.
Sep 01, 2014 Rivqa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 18, 2012 Tatiana rated it really liked it
"Yon Horned Moon" by Margo Lanagan - super-weird and erotic
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Keith Stevenson is a speculative fiction writer, editor, reviewer and podcaster. His debut science fiction thriller Horizon is out now from the HarperCollins Voyager Impulse imprint. His blog is at

He's also the publisher with coeur de lion publishing (, an Australian-based independent press which has, so far, picked up four Aur
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