Author Archives: Alex

Alex’s Best of 2011

It’s still 2011, so this totally counts, even if it is later than everyone else’s… This year I did not do as well as I had hoped, in the reading stakes. I only managed 134, even though I said I … Continue reading

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Wild about Steampunk

I love the idea of steampunk. I love the fashion it has inspired, and the subculture around it, and I want to love the fiction. I haven’t read a whole lot of it yet, for various reasons, and what I … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Greenhouse

Issues present and pressing in the media have often inspired storytelling; here in Australia there’s been quite a few stories dealing with issues of refugees, for example, in the last few years. Climate change is one of those issues that … Continue reading

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Oltion, Valentine, Beukes

A few stories I’ve enjoyed over the last little while: Jerry Oltion, “Taboo,” March Analog. ‘Enjoy’ is the wrong word for my overall experience of this story. Oltion makes quite a creepy and disturbing tale out of a future where a … Continue reading

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How do I get to Bordertown?

I had not heard of the shared-world of Bordertown before this book crossed my Last Short Story desk. It’s a wonderfully rich arena for such a venture; there are, I think, two other anthologies of short stories set in this … Continue reading

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F&SF and Ken Liu

This year I am mostly concentrating on anthologies, because otherwise I will go nuts. However, I’m also reading some magazine stories that my stalwart companions rank particularly highly, or whose authors I cannot bear to pass up. F&SF has, surprisingly for … Continue reading

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David Bowie would be so proud

Another anthology from the prolific Jonathan Strahan, Life on Mars invited authors to consider just that topic. A range of approaches has resulted in this collection, from stories dealing with the initial landing on and colonising of Mars, through to … Continue reading

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