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The word is tail, and according to fable lions wipe their tracks with their tails so that they cannot be followed. Such tails lead to homophonic tales, and that's one way to say, in literary story, that AntipodeanSF is all about tales. It's about tales that cannot be tracked without sleuthing and effort of mind. It's about fiction that lurks, and gnaws, and paints milieus, characters, events, and ideas with a paucity of words that hide a surfeit of possible reality. It's about subversion in place of preaching. It's about words that may not be real, but have real effect on our possible moral futures.
Short they may be, the tales herein, but vast are the vistas they evoke.
The Stars Like Sand - Edited by Tim Jones & P.S. Cottier
Picking up a book of poetry and reading it from cover to cover is entirely the wrong way to go about it. Poetry needs to be dipped into, sneaked up on. A poem by itself can be a lovely thing. An entire book of poetry is a case of too much of a good thing.
Normally that's not an issue. One might buy a book of poetry, but what you're really buying is months or years of deferred pleasure as you peruse a single page at long intervals. Unfortunately, in order to review this anthology, I didn't have that luxury.
"We've been hearing stories about you, Mr Pow," said the Inquisitor Reverend Michael Palmer, putting his fingertips together and joining his palms. "So I was sent to discover whether or not those stories are true. Then we'll decide what to do with you."
She was just words on a page, but he couldn't get her out of his head.
He'd picked up the dusty notebook at the bus stop, and flicked through it. The pages were sparse, some doodles, and a two-page story. Not even a story, a character description.
"I think I've found myself a new house," Sue said. "Bit out of town, but it's spectacular. Modern, lots of glass, enclosed courtyard, brilliant views. Quiet area, but seems to be popular. Lots of recent sales listed on the Web. This one's a deceased estate, so the price is good."
My friend Carl first started using MCO when he was thirty-two. He'd gone through a bad breakup, he'd realized that the high-powered job he'd spent years training for was driving him crazy, and he'd left the religious group that had been such a big part of his life, following a catastrophic dispute with the leadership.
As my headlights tunnelled through darkness, broken only by the vague outlines of trees, my thoughts strayed back to my reunion with Patricia at the Pingelly pub. Thirty years quickly evaporated, as we'd slipped easily back into friendship, talking and laughing about school days, and numerous trips involving bumping along gravel roads on our bikes.
For Todd, each day was another long step on a forced march to nowhere. On the plastic desk before him piles of papers demanded his attention, while flat screens continuously beeped and chirped. Beside him, behind him, and in front of him were dozens of similar desks, their anonymous little 'Todds' and 'Totties' hidden behind mountains of work.
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