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Agog!Agog!

Fantastic Fiction

An Anthology of Fantasy, Imagination and Wonder

Edited by Cat Sparks

Introduction by Sean Williams

Agog! Press, 2002

ISBN: 0-958056-70-6

RRP: A$21.95

To purchase this book, go to Australian Online Bookshop.

Visit the Agog! Press home page.

"I wish I had the space to synopsize and comment on all the fine stories in Agog! Fantastic Fiction, but, alas, such is not the case. Let me nonetheless try to convey the merits of this important showcase from Down Under, compiled by editor Cat Sparks. Nearly thirty Australian writers -- including such well-known names as Stephen Dedman, Damien Broderick, and Terry Dowling -- contribute original stories in nearly every conceivable genre mode and style, proving that our austral neighbors understand and practice SF as wholeheartedly and inventively as we do here. There's not a loser in the lot, and it's unfair to cite just a few, but I'll do so anyway. Claire McKenna's 'Stealing Alice' is a blend of Greg Egan and Cordwainer Smith. Deborah Biancotti's 'King of All and the Metal Sentinel' conjures up memories of Brian Aldiss's 'But Who Can Replace a Man?', Kate Orman's 'Ticket to Backwards' dramatizes inadvertent time-travel in the manner of Michael Bishop's 'The Quickening.' And Geoffrey Maloney's 'The Imperfect Instantaneous People Mover' is a PKD-Sheckleyan romp. Send away for this collection and feel a new kinship with our Australian peers." -- Paul Di Filippo, Asimov's Science Fiction

"There is something in Agog! for all of us, whether it is horror, science fiction or science fantasy. Sparks showcases some of Australia's best writers in the speculative fiction field" -- Orb

"With authors who will be known to most fans of the speculative fiction genre, including Simon Brown, Paul Haines, Robin Pen, Stephen Dedman and many others, Agog! has given itself a great starting point for a popular collection. The stories are fascinating and thought provoking, and this compilation deserves more than one reading by any dedicated booklover" -- Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

  • Stealing Alice, by Claire McKenna
  • King of All and the Metal Sentinel, by Deborah Biancotti
  • The Ballad of Farther-on Jones, by Dirk Flintheart
  • Incident at Five Mile Creek, by Chuck McKenzie
  • Dr Nadurnian's Golem, by Leigh Blackmore
  • Some Roses for the Bonestell Man, by Terry Dowling
  • Waste Land, by Stephen Dedman
  • The Procyon Plate, by Richard Harland
  • Tar Baby, by Trent Jamieson
  • Nikei Love, by Marianne de Pierres
  • Scratches in the Sky, by Ben Peek
  • Rent, by Brendan Duffy
  • Doorways for the Dispossessed, by Paul Haines
  • It's a Gas, by Tony Plank
  • Night Life, by Tracey Rolfe
  • Delta Void and the Clockwork Man, by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Schrödingers Catch, by Damien Broderick
  • Barren Earth, by David Carroll
  • ...They First Make Mad, by Keith Stevenson
  • The Ringmaster's Most Beautiful Balloon, by Chris Mowbray
  • The Imperfect Instantaneous People Mover, by Geoffrey Maloney
  • Chinese Whispers, by Rick Kennett
  • Ticket to Backwards, by Kate Orman
  • Teacher of Righteousness, by Simon Brown
  • Sakoku, by Kyla Ward
  • Line of Sight, by Robert Hood
  • Hooks and Knives, by Jessica Vivien
  • Auf Wiedersehen Berlin, by Robin Pen
  • The Endling, by Michael Barry
 

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