Issue 193

July 2014

Speculative Fiction
ISSN 1442-0686

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by Wes Parish

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The Purians v Australia
by Tony Meacham

by Simon Lenthen

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by Natalie JE Potts

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by PJ Keuning

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The Puzzled Wombat

By Wes Parish

I can make you a prince, she said.

A prince? What's that?

She said, trust me, I know what I'm doing.

So I trusted her; she was persistent.

Now I'm deformed, a biped!

No female wombat will look at me now.

You can't trust these human witches, can you?!


Time Management Consulting: Efficiency Report

By David Scholes

Smith seconded to 2055, Jones transferred to 1990, Barnes higher duties in 2066, Kendall lower duties in 1880, Nerk on "fast time" and Bloggs on "slow time." Borthwaite on annual leave. No one currently available for normal time duties in the present day.

Management of Time: Good

Time Management: Poor



  • "Ancillary Justice" Wins AC Clarke Award 2014

    ancillaryAnne Leckie's debut novel "Ancillary Justice" has won the 2014 Arthur C Clarke Award.

    This is the latest in what is becoming a string of awards for the novel told from the point of view of an intelligent spaceship.

    Source: The Guardian

    - Nuke

  • Science Fiction Hall Of Fame

    The 2014 inductees to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame are Leigh Brackett, Frank Frazetta, Stanley Kubrick, Hayao Miyazaki, and Olaf Stapledon.

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  • Locus Awards 2014

    The 2014 Locus Awards winners have been announced:



    Abaddon's Gate, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)


    The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (Morrow; Headline Review)


    The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, Catherynne M. Valente (Feiwel and Friends)


    Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

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I have been a sore-headed occupant of a file drawer labelled ''Science Fiction'' and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.

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Featured Books

  • Ancillary Justice

    ancillaryAncillary Justice

    By Anne Leckie

    This Hugo nominated (winners yet to be announced) and Nebula Award winning story does the SF genre justice indeed. What happens when artificial intelligences have control of warships, and warships can inhabit human bodies? What happens when humanity settles far-flung solar systems? The answers may surprise. I'm still ruminating on the philosophical questions raised by this space opera.
    From Orbit/Hachette

  • Captives


    By Angela Meyer

    I'd have happily published many of the stories in Captives in AntiSF if they'd ever been on offer. This is an amazing collection of flash fiction that embodies all that I like about the form. Why? Because each story leads you to imagine, to go into the "What If?", to discover things lurking and unwritten, but made all the bolder and real because they come from you instead of the text.

    From Inkerman & Blunt

  • Magic Dirt


    Magic Dirt

    By Sean Williams

    Sean Williams does it for me, and I suspect he's bound to do it for you. Science fiction, yes, tick that box, but with Sean's slant — his intellect and humour (both dark and light) shine in these stories. Oftentimes the material also has a South Australian, which really sits well with a ex-Adelaide boy. It's like visiting home. Yes. This book is a great way to dig into Sean's work, and perhaps his head. You won't be disappointed.
    Available from Ticonderoga

  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

    100-besideWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

    By Karen Joy Fowler

    A magical book book about family love. Definitely not hard SF in the traditional sense, but don't let that shy you away. What is it like to be raised from birth with a chimp? How would a chimp integrate into a human family? What effects would it have on the chimp, and how would that impact on each of the members of the human family? Told from the point of view of Rosemary, and with a special focus on her sister Fern.
    Nebula shortlisted. Available at Amazon.


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