Cigarettes and Roses, by Ben Peek
The Desertion of Corporal Perkins, by Bill Congreve
The Hours Before Sunrise, by Bill Congreve
The Mullet that Screwed John West, by Bill Congreve
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The 10 Best Australian Stories from a Decade Past
Selected by Peter McNamara
Paperback 206 mm x 135 mm, 320 pages.
'I bought Omega Science Digest for the science articles -- and by accident discovered grand SF, the stuff that really rattles and shakes and shifts your mind around, and won't let you rest until you've found more of it. The stuff of addiction. The two stories that shook me into life were Damien Broderick's 'The Ballad of Bowsprit Bear's Stead' and Terry Dowling's 'The Man Who Walks Away Behind The Eyes'. These were Australian writers, a point I wholly failed to notice at the time.
'When I set myself to select my Ten Best genre stories from the past decade, I decided I'd need a few guidelines -- other than the decade itself -- to keep things under control. One author/one story seemed the way to go, and that worked out fine (though Margo Lanagan gave me some grief). Another guideline insisted that I not reprint any story I'd published before, but Leanne Frahm's 'Land's End' -- from Aphelion's anthology Alien Shores -- proved too much.
'Ten Best meant Ten Best, or it didn't. I side-stepped that guideline as well. Guidelines ... just nuisance value, really.'
From urban fantasy to tales of myths, dreams and warriors of the future, Wonder Years plots a course across the works of the leading writers and dynamic newcomers of the genre.
'It was the 'Australian decade' -- ten years that saw Australian writers producing the best genre fiction ever to come out of this country. The best of the best -- always idiosyncratic, always begging why this one and not that one -- are captured here by editor Peter McNamara, who stood firmly at the centre of it all as the field's most passionate advocate, editing, publishing, and promoting. His Wonder Years are wonder years indeed' -- Jonathan Strahan
The Ten Best Stories from a decade of the Best of Australian Speculative Fiction
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