short stories

‘Foreign Soil’, in Foreign Soil

Maxine Beneba Clarke

CW: family and intimate partner violence

Ange is a hairdresser who is convinced that there is something more to her life. When Mukasa walks into the salon and flirts with her over his haircut, she’s sure that he’s what she’s been waiting for. But their relationship in Australia is inverted when Ange travels with Mukasa to his home country of Uganda.

Defying Doomsday

Tsana Dolichva & Holly Kench

An anthology of apocalypse fiction featuring disabled and chronically ill protagonists, proving it’s not always the ‘fittest’ who survive – it’s the most tenacious, stubborn, enduring and innovative characters who have the best chance of adapting when everything is lost.

‘Water’, in Heat and Light

Ellen van Neerven

In ‘Water’, a futuristic world is imagined and the fate of a people threatened. Ellen van Neerven’s speculative story challenges our rigid conventional understandings of gender, race, sexuality and identity, and asks ‘just how far have we really come?’

One in Every Crowd: Stories by Ivan E. Cyote

Ivan E. Cyote

Comprised of new stories and others culled from previous collections, One in Every Crowd is for anyone who has ever felt different or alone in their struggle to be true to themselves. Included are stories about Ivan’s own tomboy past in Canada’s north, about their adult life in the big city, and tales of family and friends who live their lives by example.

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar and Anita Roy (eds)

An intercontinental collection of speculative stories, in prose and graphic form, with contributions from India and Australia that include a nursery story with a twist, a futuristic take on reality TV, a play script with tentacles – and much more.