Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Alien Shores - Peter McNamara and Margaret Winch

The cover calls this a landmark collection of Australian science fiction. They are right. It is huge, and good. Chances of another one like it that is not a retrospective are pretty slim, and some fine work here. Even a piece that explains the Cetezoid-human conflict from Sean McMullen's Greatwinter trilogy, and a broad range of types of stories.

There is a preface and an intro, although if you are not too interested in the academic you can skim some of that in there. Worth a little bit though this.


Alien Shores : Cold Sleep Cold Dreams... - E. W. Story
Alien Shores : Flowering Mandrake - George Turner
Alien Shores : Blue Venom - Rosaleen Love
Alien Shores : The Caress - Greg Egan
Alien Shores : The Miocene Arrow - Sean McMullen
Alien Shores : The Soap Bubble - Sean Williams
Alien Shores : Land's End - Leanne Frahm
Alien Shores : Mnemonic Plague - Bill Dodds
Alien Shores : Rain from the New God - Simon Brown
Alien Shores : The Listener - Yvonne Rousseau
Alien Shores : The Magi - Damien Broderick
Alien Shores : The Last Lion in Africa Is Dead - Geoffrey Maloney
Alien Shores : Through the Waters That Bind - Shane Dix
Alien Shores : Kay and Phil - Lucy Sussex
Alien Shores : Jubilee - Wynne Whiteford
Alien Shores : The Quiet Redemption of Andy the House - Terry Dowling
Alien Shores : MPR Crusoe - Frank Bryning
Alien Shores : My Sister Cristeta Who Is Magic - Paul Voermans
Alien Shores : Kill Me Once - Sue Isle
Alien Shores : Desired Dragons - Stephen Dedman
Alien Shores : The Flick Went That-Away - Paul Collins
Alien Shores : Moon-Watcher Breaks the Bones - Chris Simmons
Alien Shores : Housekeeping - Amos T. Fairchild
Alien Shores : Welcome to the World - Edith Speers
Alien Shores : The Man Who Snatched Marilyn's Body - Kurt von Trojan
Alien Shores : Crowd Control - Ian McAuley Hails
Alien Shores : At Rain's Grey Remembering - Dirk Strasser
Alien Shores : Soul Horizon - Carole Nomarhas
Alien Shores : Crash Jordan in the Art World of Drongo - Jeff Harris


VR sex suit rpg game action AI autonomy.

4 out of 5


Vegetable methuselah's Kal-Elesque odyssey, and brief Phoenix rising.

4 out of 5


Researching anonymous fax.

3 out of 5


An enhanced policeman gets entangled in a billionaire's bizarre Dr Moreau creations as art and save the child schemes.

4 out of 5


A look at the history of human-whale conflict, interesting background to Greatwinter.

4 out of 5


Starship reality tv first contact special episode.

4.5 out of 5


Australia decides it has had enough of how it has been treated, and decides to slough off the rubbish it is coated with.

4 out of 5


Blasted corpse is a memory problem.

3.5 out of 5


Microchip's messianic murder complex.

3.5 out of 5


Historical invention history work.

3 out of 5


Long space exploration voyages and religion don't mix.

3 out of 5


Escort is diversion from ecology horrors.

3.5 out of 5


Time diving topology.

3.5 out of 5


Author's spectral nazi confab.

2.5 out of 5


Bomber's babe diversion causes nuclear truck turnaround.

4 out of 5


Schizoid dream delving blind fighter breakthrough.

4 out of 5


Buggered robot's Lagrangian manoeuvre.

4 out of 5


Kleptochick's Melbourne.

2 out of 5


Seduced by stiff with fangs.

4 out of 5


Dimorphic dinodancers.

4 out of 5


Terminal type's star turn.

4 out of 5


AI Space Odyssey gets an extra.

4 out of 5


Generation ship group dysfunction.

4 out of 5


Suprise revival's stringent society shock.

3.5 out of 5


Numerology nutcase.

3 out of 5


Arty androids are revolution cover.

3.5 out of 5


Psycholobot's a bit we

3.5 out of 5


Pilot handling starflight stressful to the subconscious helps hunted mutant's sentient spacecraft.

4 out of 5


Crash Jordan belched.

First line. That sets the tone. A Flash Gordon spoof. Sixty years after being a 'planet-saving superhero' he has to attend a function with his now equally-aged and no longer super-babe wife, and to cap it off, his arch-enemey Thing the Fiendish is being release.

3.5 out of 5




4.5 out of 5

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