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A varied mix of fourteen new speculative fiction stories by some of the best Australian and New Zealand authors in the genre, in settings that range from the backyard to the depths of space.
Paperback, 234 pages
Published June 2nd 2014 by Peggy Bright Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Tsana Dolichva
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Use Only As Directed, edited by Simon Petrie and Edwina Harvey, is the latest anthology to come out of Peggy Bright Books. I have previously reviewed Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear by the same editors and I think Use Only As Directed improves upon the earlier anthology. I particularly liked that there was a clear theme to the anthology — basically, what it says on the bottle cannister.

Although not all of the stories were necessarily cheery, I found the anthology relatively up-beat on the whole.
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Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The latest anthology from Peggy Bright Books, edited by Simon Petrie and Edwina Harvey, Use Only As Directed features Australian and New Zealand authors – of whom over 50% are female – crafting short stories around the titular phrase that one commonly reads on instructions for everything from medicine to the latest gadget.

The anthology’s predominant characteristic is its well-balanced diversity in authors and styles, with an array of female, male, and nonhuman characters and a range across genre
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Born on the South Island of New Zealand and now living on the North Island of Australia, Simon Petrie is a Canberra-based research scientist and writer of speculative fiction (SF, fantasy, and occasionally horror). Since 2007, his stories have appeared in various magazines, webzines and anthologies. He has been shortlisted several times for Ditmar, Sir Julius Vogel, and Aurealis Awards, and has wo ...more