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My Year's Best Aussie Specfic Reading

In alphabetical order

  1. The Dying Light by Deborah Biancotti (Eidolon 1)
  2. The Imprisonment of Marianne by Lee Battersby (Borderlands 6)
  3. Dark Ages by Lee Battersby (Through Soft Air)
  4. Love Affair by Jacinta Butterworth (C0ck)
  5. Sacrifice for the Nation by Monica Carroll (The Outcast)
  6. The Subtle Hand of Gpd by Jay Caselberg (Borderlands 6)
  7. Aftermath by David Conyers (Agog Ripping Reads)
  8. Down to the Tethys Sea by Stephen Dedman (Science Fiction Chronicle 266)
  9. Riding the Crocodile by Greg Egan (One Million AD)
  10. One Night Stand by Dirk Flinthart (Agog! Ripping Reads)
  11. Father, Father by Paul Haines (C0ck)
  12. Going Down to Jennifer Aniston's Breasts by Paul Haines (Ripples 5)
  13. Burning from the Inside by Paul Haines (Doorways for the Dispossessed)
  14. Pet by Richard Harland (Tales of the Talisman)
  15. Empire of the Willing by Sean McMullen (Future Washington)
  16. Spare Parts by Emma Munro (Borderlands 6)
  17. The Pain Threshold by Jason Nahrung (Agog! Ripping Reads)
  18. Mono by Ben Peek (Phantom)
  19. The Souls of Dead Soldiers are for Blackbirds not Little Boys by Ben Peek (Agog! Ripping Reads)
  20. Rosebuds by Tansy Rayner Roberts (Agog! Ripping Reads)
  21. In Infinite Night and Memory by Andrew Sullivan (Potato Monkey 4)
  22. An Offer too True to Be Good by Andrew Sullivan (The Outcast)
  23. Woman Train by Kaaron Warren (The Outcast)


  1. Silk and Pearls by K J Bishop) (Shadowed Realms 9)
  2. The Gift by Brendan Duffy (Potato Monkey 4)
  3. Child Care by Katie G (AntiSF 99)
  4. Scream by Adrian Gibb (AntiSF 101)
  5. The Cross Talk by Rick Kennett (AntiSF 100)
  6. You May Wish to Fall Asleep by Geoffrey Maloney (AntiSF 100)
  7. Snow Puppies by Joan Malpass (AntiSF 93)
  8. An Open Letter to the WWWorld by Natalie J Potts (AntiSF 93)
  9. The Doctor by Brenda Steedman (AntiSF 96)
  10. The Cat Story by Anna Tambour (ASIM 24)

Honourable Mentions

  1. Stealing Free by Deborah Biancotti (Agog! Ripping Reads)
  2. The Blow off by Stephen Dedman (Brutarian 47/48)
  3. Obituary Boy by John Dixon and Adam Browne (ASIM 26)
  4. The Red Priest's Vigil by Dirk Flinthart (ASIM 25)
  5. The Crying Man by Richard Harland (Sinister Tales 1)
  6. Hieronymus Boche by Chris Lawson (Eidolon 1)
  7. The Seventh Letter by Sean Williams (Bulletin Summer Reading)
  8. Dying for Air by Sean Williams and Simon Brown (ASIM 23)
  9. Sepulchra by Tony Williams (Borderlands 7)
  10. Dead Sea Fruit by Kaaron Warren (Fantasy 4)


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 9th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
Ooh - just noticed the Egan, will have to have a look for it...
Jan. 9th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
Best place to get it is in Vol 2 of the Years Best cause then you get a whole heap of other top quality reads.
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
very surprised with your list, girliejones, and very happy with it. Hey, wait, where's Mr Pussy? :-)
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
surprised cause you're on it? I thought Burning from the inside was a much stronger piece than Mr Pussy, plus I'm not sure I have anything here that has vomiting in it, I could be wrong?
Jan. 15th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
surprised that I'm on it and even more surprised with the stories of mine that you chose. And especially seeing "Going Down..." and "Father Father" are borderline flash fiction. (Both arrived fully formed from nowhere and demanded I write them).
Jan. 19th, 2007 05:30 am (UTC)
That's I guess what's most interesting - when flash works and when it bombs. A lot of what I liked has been pointed out to me to be "almost flash fiction" so I guess my comments still stand - flash is not quite enough words for me.
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