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Personally I found 2007 a lean year in Australian publishing. There seemed to be a real dearth in magazine markets - no Shadowed Realms, no Fables and Reflections, final issue of Potato Monkey, one issue of Borderlands which came out so late we have to consider it in 2008, one issue of Aurealis, one Orb, one TiconderogaOnline.

The spreadsheet tells me there were 425 Australian Short Stories published and whilst the number seems comparable with last year, I had trouble coming up with a decent sized list. If I stuck with what I did last year, I would give only those stories which rated a 5 in the actual list and those with 4.5 on the recommended list. All up, that gives me 5 stories which rated a 5 and 12 which rated a 4.5. Instead, I will combine the 5s and 4.5s for the YB list and I will list my 4s as recommended reading. I'll note that means in general, this total list will be of lesser quality that the list I posted for 2006. But in all, these are all the Australian stories that I enjoyed this year and they all have something to offer.

Alisa's 2007 Australian Year's Best List

Inducing by Paul Haines, Orb 7
The Bride Price by Cat Sparks, New Ceres Issue 2
The Sun People by Sue Isle, Shiny Issue 1
Knowledge by Grace Dugan, Interzone Issue 211
The Flag Game by Marianne de Pierres, Hub Issue 34
Truth in Sentencing by Steve Duffy, Antipodean SF Issue 103
Inside by Ben Payne, TiconderogaOnline Issue 11
Cafe Culture by Jack Dann, Asimovs January
Cracks by Trent Jamieson, Shiny Issue 2
Mist and Murder by Lucy Sussex, New Ceres Issue 2
Domine by Rjurik Davidson, Aurealis Issue 37
A Complete Refabrication by Bren MacDibble, Orb 7
A Lady of Adestan by Cat Sparks, Orb 7
The Pastimes of Aunties by Tansy Rayner Roberts, Fantastical Journeys to Brisbane
Small Changes by Trent Jamieson, Shiny Issue 1
Right to Work by Cat Sparks, The Workers Paradise
His Lipstick Minx by Kaaron Warren, The Workers Paradise


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 2nd, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)
Did you read Dark Integers by Greg Egan from Asimovs something-or-other? there we go, October.
I loved it, much better than the ones in Foundation 100 (which wasn't bad) and The New Space Opera (which wasn't great, IMHO)...
I didn't get to read much Aussie short fiction this year though, so I can't really comment. Keen to get The Workers Paradise... I did really like Margo Lanagan's story in Foundation though...
Jan. 3rd, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
No, that was the only Egan I didn't read and I couldn't get to it by the end of the year due to no internet. I suspect it would have been on the list had I gotten to it.

Jan. 2nd, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
Cool, I really should check some out!
Jan. 3rd, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
You really should!
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