I read these stories prior to anthology layout, so I can’t add a comment on the overall style or offer concluding thoughts on the construction of the work. What I can say, unequivocally, is that Alisa Krasnostein and Ben Payne have put together a tight collection of finely crafted stories by some of Australia’s best and brightest talents in 2008. They have set the bar for all publishers of short fiction this year, with an unusual theme that has been exploited very successfully with the broadest of interpretations by the contributors. This compilation showcases Australian speculative fiction at the very best it can be. Read it. The future is here.
2012 is a near-future science fiction anthology which extrapolates, from current ideas and events, to paint a picture of life in the year 2012.
"Watertight Lies" by Deborah Biancotti
"Fleshy" by Tansy Rayner Roberts
"Oh, Russia" by Simon Brown
"Soft Viscosity" by David Conyers
"Apocalypse Now" by Lucy Sussex
"The Last Word" by Dirk Flinthart
"Ghost Jail" by Kaaron Warren
"I Love You Like Water" by Angela Slatter
"Skinsongs" by Martin Livings
"David Bowie" by Ben Peek
"Oblivion" by Sean McMullen
To be launched at Swancon, Friday 21st March.