Rich Horton on four new Australian anthologies

Over at Fantasy Magazine, Rich Horton reviews four new Australian anthologies:

  • Legends of Australian Fantasy, Edited by Jack Dann and Jonathan Strahan
  • Belong, Edited by Russell Farr
  • Scary Kisses, Edited by Liz Grzyb
  • Baggage, Edited by Gillian Polack

Australia has quite a busy publishing scene in SF and Fantasy for a relatively small (demographically speaking) country. There are two fairly regularly appearing print magazines (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and Aurealis), and each year sees a number of original anthologies as well. To hand I have four 2010 anthologies, three from small presses and one from a major publisher. Not all of the books are restricted to Australian authors by any means, but in the way of things the majority of stories here are from that continent.

I’ll state upfront that not one of these books fully satisfies. Each is ambitious in its own way, and each has some nice work, but across the board I’d say there are two many minor stories, and indeed occasionally some very weak work. But for all that, there is, as I said, some nice work in each of these books: Let’s celebrate that. – read the rest of the review.


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