speculative fiction

Tender Morsels

Margo Lanagan

CW: sexual violence

 Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, given to her by natural magic and in exchange for her earthly life. Her two daughters, gentle Branza and curious Urdda, grow up in this harmonious world, protected from the violence and village prejudice that once made their mother’s life unendurable. But the real world cannot be denied forever.

Welcome to Orphancorp

Marlee Jane Ward

If she can just keep out of trouble, Mirii Mahoney is going to taste freedom for the first time, but she’s fighting against the system, against the other kids, and against herself.

‘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?’

The Astrologer’s Daughter

Rebecca Lim

Avicenna Crowe’s mother, Joanne, is an astrologer with uncanny predictive powers and a history of being stalked. Now she is missing. But Avicenna has inherited her mother’s gift. With unlikely ally Simon Thorn, she begins to piece together the mystery.

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

Ambelin Kwaymullina

Ashala Wolf has been captured by a man intent on destroying her Tribe of runaway Illegals. With her Sleepwalker ability blocked, Ashala is forced to succumb to a machine that will pull secrets from her mind. Will the Tribe survive her interrogation?

Terra Nullius

Claire Coleman

In the near future, Australia is about to experience colonisation once more. What have we learned from our past? A daring debut novel from the winner of the 2016 black&write! writing fellowship.