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One Small Step: An Anthology of Discoveries

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Sixteen stories of discovery from Australia's best writers. Each story in some way addresses the idea of discoveries, new beginnings, or literal or figurative "small steps", but each story takes you to places you far beyond the one small step you imagine... Journey through worlds and explore the reaches of the universe with this collection.
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Paperback, 303 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Fablecroft Publishing
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Tsana Dolichva
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
One Small Step: an anthology of discoveries is edited by Tehani Wessely and has just been launched by FableCroft at Conflux, this year's National SF Convention.

The theme of One Small Step is addressed quite diversely between the stories. My personal favourites (in a very subjective way) were the ones that dealt with discovery in a more literal kind of way. "Always Greener" by Michelle Marquardt opened the anthology strongly with human colonists on another planet and I felt it set the tone of exp
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Alexandra
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Soooo this anthology came out in 2013 aaaand I've only just got around to reading it. Um. Oops. I have no excuse for this. It just didn't happen.

In my defence I read the whole thing last Sunday. That counts, right?

The subtitle is "An Anthology of Discoveries" and what's really interesting is that this is such a broad anthology but yes, the theme of discovery - of place, or self, or strangers - is the unifying factor. Sometimes it's obvious and sometimes it's subtle; sometimes there are world-sh
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Zena Shapter
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
By far my favourite story in this anthology was "Always Greener" by Michelle Marquardt. It had me from the very first sentence, which put me straight into the heart of the action. There was enough unusual to get me intrigued and the characters kept me there. What more could you want from a short story?

Also up there among my favourites were "By Blood and Incantation" by Lisa L Hannett & Angela Slatter, "Baby Steps" by Barbara Robson, and "The Ships of Culwinna" by Thoraiya Dyer. Each of those st
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Barbara
Mar 06, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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It's a privilege to be included in this anthology. The overall standard is high. For me as a reader, the stand-out stories were "Indigo Gold" by Deb Biancotti and "Sand and Seawater" by Joanne Anderton and Rabia Gale. "Sand and Seawater," because it is a story of the type of magic that seems genuinely magical, and always has a downside. It makes a great emotional connection. "Indigo Gold," for its vivid dialogue and scene-setting. There are a couple of pages in the middle that even serve as a li ...more
Mieneke
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Looking at my shelves a surprising number of my favourite female authors is Australian: Rowena Cory Daniells, Fiona McIntosh, Trudi Canavan, and Jo Anderton. So when I was offered a review copy for an anthology featuring an all-female, all-Australian line-up, including two of the afore-mentioned authors, I didn't have to think twice really; I said yes. And I'm glad I did, because I didn't just get new stories from Anderton and Daniells, but I was also presented with a host of other stories by ve ...more
Dave Versace
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
One Small Step: An Anthology of Discoveries is a showcase of Australia's current wealth of women writing speculative fiction. These 16 stories cover a range of genres, from far-future science fiction to dark fantasy, fairytales - traditional and post-modern - to police procedurals, and the odd foray into the weird. All tie into a theme of exploration and discovery - emotional, intellectual and sometimes geographic.

My experience of themed anthologies is that the quality can vary considerably, usu
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Cathy
Jul 08, 2014 marked it as in-progress-will-get-back-to
I was only able to read Tansy Rayner Roberts' story now, but I'd love to read the whole book at some point. Roberts' story was fun, an adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe but with a twist. It made good use book's theme of of one small step. It's interesting to find this adaption from her since I'm currently reading her weekly serial adaptation of The Three Muskateers as well, which has the twists of gender swapping and being science fiction. I guess she likes to think about how to ...more
Nathan
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
“One Small Step” is an anthology based upon the theme of a discovery of some kind. Few of the short stories have approached this theme literally, which makes for an interesting collection of short stories. Between the covers readers will find a diverse range of genres, ranging from science fiction to urban fantasy to re-worked fantasy tales and even the odd lyrical fantasy piece.

Most memorable stories for me were DK Mok’s “Morning Star” and Kathleen Jennings’ “Ella and the Flame” (even if there
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Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
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Michelle
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can't wait for this one. I loved the last Fablecroft anthology and this one has heaps of my favourite writers in it! :-)
Elanor Matton-Johnson
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Some of my favourite stories:
Firefly Epilogue by Jodi Cleghorn
Cold White Daughter by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Ella and the Flame by Kathleen Jennings
Stephanie
Individual stories are being read for the Aurealis Awards. A review will be added once the awards have been announced.
Liz
Wish there were half-stars! This one is a real 4 1/2 star read. Lots of great stories!
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