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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All bite and no bark

As a general rule, I don’t do vampires. I never got into Buffy or Angel. So the fact that I liked – really liked – some stories in Teeth? That’s quite remarkable. The editors (Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling) asked … Continue reading

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Nightsiders

Nightsiders is the first anthology of the Twelve Planets series, a set of twelve collections being put out by Alisa Krasnostein at Twelfth Planet Press. Each of the collections will consist of four short stories. This one, by Sue Isle, features stories that … Continue reading

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Love and Romanpunk

This is not an entirely proper review, partly because it’s by a friend – although I have reviewed Roberts’ work before, and that by other friends too (fortunately, I usually like it, so that’s no hardship) – and partly because it’s (rather … Continue reading

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