Sunday, January 18, 2009

Strange Attractors - Damien Broderick

Broderick's rambling introduction points out that the first mass market Australian SF book of stories didn't appear until John Baxter's Pacific SF in the late sixties - and until the Worldcon in the seventies, not much was happening, although a few writers published overseas - and at the time of this book, the better variety were also doing that with yank or pom outfits.

Still the case today, and certainly the local publishers ignore science fiction and short stories in favor of fat epic fantasy for females, in the main. Same even applies to the fang-or-fur shagger books like Keri Arthur's.

As for this book, your sort of expected 3.2ish original Australian anthology, with a couple of highlights in Blackford and Turner.

Strange Attractors : The Lipton Village Society - Lucy Sussex
Strange Attractors : Time and Flowers - Anthony Peacey
Strange Attractors : A Step in Any Direction - Timothy Dell
Strange Attractors : The Way She Smiles the Things She Says - Greg Egan
Strange Attractors : Mr. Lockwood's Narrative - Yvonne Rousseau
Strange Attractors : Glass Reptile Breakout - Russell Blackford
Strange Attractors : After the Beowulf Expedition - Norman Talbot
Strange Attractors : Precious Bane - Gerald Murnane
Strange Attractors : The Ballad of Hilo Hill - Cherry Wilder
Strange Attractors : The Elixir Operon - David Foster
Strange Attractors : The Sanctuary Tree - John Playford
Strange Attractors : On the Nursery Floor - George Turner
Strange Attractors : Cave Amantem - Carmel Bird
Strange Attractors : Jagging - Anthony Peacey
Strange Attractors : The Interior - Damien Broderick

Imaginary land instantiated.

3.5 out of 5


Chairless prehistoric.

2.5 out of 5


Polish on, polish off.

2.5 out of 5


A computer geek kid and robotics = girlfriend.

4 out of 5


Female character descent.

3 out of 5


Miracle music. Flickdancing. The old bags and old bastards still feel threatened by the rock and roll.

4 out of 5


Do you remember Vera and Lim.

3 out of 5


Book fetish.

3 out of 5


Sailing story.

3 out of 5


Cell world.

3 out of 5


Croweater nazi conflict Wild Hunt.

3.5 out of 5


Super intelligence creation.

4 out of 5


Red ridingish.

3 out of 5


Space hitching.

3 out of 5


Dead Heart spirit.

3.5 out of 5




3 out of 5

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