His field of study covers international politics and Arab society. The two great loves of his life are history and science fiction. Barr, USA. Marleen S. Barr is known for her pioneering work in feminist science fiction and teaches English at the City University of New York. She has won the Science Fiction Research Association Pilgrim Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction criticism.
Barr has edited many anthologies and co-edited the science fiction issue of PMLA. She is the author of the novels Oy Pioneer! History — Ross Baxter, UK. After thirty years at sea, Ross Baxter now concentrates on writing sci-fi and horror fiction. His varied work has been published in print by several publishing houses in the US and the UK.
I am an Argentine novelist and short story writer who writes primarily in English. My debut Novel, Siege was published in and I have nearly two hundred short stories published in fourteen countries. They have been translated into seven languages. Timothy Carter is a writer of far-fetched fiction for young adults and the young at heart and mind. Born in England during the week of the final lunar mission, he has a great love of outer space and tea. He lives and writes in Toronto with his cat. Eli Cranor writes from Arkansas where he lives with his wife and daughter.
For more information and a complete list of publications visit elicranor. I wore the boots and the uniform and when it was time to go home I got on a plane and tried to re-adjust as best I could. I have always wanted to write, only a thing called life seemed to get in the way. I moved to California, got married, bought a farm and raised goats until my husband and I had a disagreement over who had the best imaginary friend, got divorced, and moved to the middle of the desert and started writing. She was nominated for the Dwarf Stars Award in His stories have appeared regularly in Scarlet Leaf Review and every so often in Frontier Tales and some other online magazines.
He is a retired attorney now living in Texas who took up writing while recovering from a broken foot about two years ago. G Gray is a Northern Irish writer who likes to blur the boundaries between genres. In , he achieved an honourable mention in the L. A published author in both the horror and thriller arenas, he is working on his first full length Science-fiction novel. Jacob is a Colorado native who grew up in and around Ogden, Utah.
He is a student at Weber State University, where he also works as a stagehand and sound designer at the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. His efforts are usually in the form of poetry and short fiction, though he has a novel nearing completion. Also Cam was a sweetheart aside from his dickhead moment, but everyone has at least four in their lives so This had that found family sort of vibe that I love, mixed with actual family really really good family, actually , and nostalgia.
Also a Deaf character surrounded by people who signed and spoke or tried their best! I mean there was a whole small town of dickheads who didn't, but I always appreciate characters that give a shit? I guess as the eldest in my family I really empathised with King - torn between his plans for his future and the ache of leaving family behind. I loved that it wasn't running away that motivated him, but running to? Also Bowie was a pretty lovely character, and I really felt her desire to keep up and the fear of everything changing and everyone leaving.
I dunno, this story was just really sweet and soft. And then time travel! I'm absolutely sold. I guess what I liked most about this was its entirely new take on time travel? Done in a series of ten minute intervals, with five sessions to the same time, and breaks in between, and with no ability to change the past. It's the perfect solution to paradox avoidance??
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Like why has no one tried writing it like this before? The ability to kinda walk back through memories, almost, but not your own? And the ability to change perspective and interact directly? Also, gotta say I'm a fan of the way she used her time travel opportunity. What a solid family? What a good romance plot? So I've just found out that the authors also have these individual stories on their own goodreads, so I'm gonna casually copy the reviews for each there, so I can find the authors I need to check out Jun 24, Nadia King rated it really liked it. In a nutshell, the movement is about helping Australian teens discover oft-neglected Australian YA fiction.
Begin, End, Begin is a highly entertaining collection of short stories from some of Australia's best-known YA authors with stories based on the theme 'begin, end, begin'. The anthology gives readers a vast selection of stories chock full of feels. It's got a bit of everything for everyone--magical realism, speculative fiction, coming-of-age stories, stories of friendship and space are all included.
Highly recommended for readers of YA fiction or those wanting to dip their toes into something a bit different. May 23, Forever Young Adult added it Shelves: contemporary , magical-realism , reviewed-by-mandy-c , science-fiction , romance , short-stories , anthology. Graded By: Mandy C. Apr 26, Brooklyn Tayla rated it it was amazing Shelves: contemporary , favourites , fantasy , ya , my-own-book-collection , reads. This has left me with such glorious emotions, and I'm grinning so hard right now!
I found myself getting attatched to each character and loving what was happening in each story! I loved the diversity to these stories too, and I wish they were all full length novels, truthfully! These are the This has left me with such glorious emotions, and I'm grinning so hard right now! These are the stories I wish I had when I was a teenager, so I'm definitely even more grateful for them now, and I cannot wait to read the authors' other books! Dec 27, Clair Sharpe rated it really liked it Shelves: owned-books , publisher-promotions , , short-stories , teen-ya.
Thank you Harper Collins YA for sending me a copy of this book. This is a collection of short stories by Australian young adult writers. All were good stories. Some good quality writing and some imaginative stories. Jul 08, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: books-read-innew , books-read-in , how-library , format-ebook. Really solid collection! And nicely diverse in terms of race, sexuality, and genre. Plus, the story I wanted to read it for--Ellie Marney's story of how Watts and Mycroft meet--was fabulous.
So YAY. View all 3 comments. May 23, Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves: release , of-coverly-love , lone-wolves , the-ones-i-own , short-stories. That was fun and exactly what I needed. May 30, Emma Gerts rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this anthology.
I find it's very unusual to have an anthology where every story is as strong as the last, but that's what LoveOzYA has given us. This is a great collection of Australian authors and stories that have a distinctly Australian feel, even when they're set in space. A great read and a great contribution to YA literature in Australia. May 17, Kirra rated it really liked it. I was dying to read this anthology since it was announced last year but unfortunately, when it came out I couldn't find it anywhere in my local area for weeks until I went a little further into a Dymocks and finally found that beautiful, limited edition foil covered beauty of a book!
I'm really happy to support LoveOzYA because Young Adult books have become so popular in the past few year which is fantastic but Australian Young Adult fiction is still not as popular even in our own country. That I was dying to read this anthology since it was announced last year but unfortunately, when it came out I couldn't find it anywhere in my local area for weeks until I went a little further into a Dymocks and finally found that beautiful, limited edition foil covered beauty of a book!
That's why all these awesome authors have come together each with their own page short stories to celebrate and draw attention to the fact that we have such brilliant and creative writers right here as well and hopefully, people will go on to read their novels too! I've only read books from four of these nine authors but I'm definitely interested in reading actual books from a few of these new ones I hadn't heard of before.
I've compiled my thoughts that I wrote immediately after finishing each story so there's a general idea of what each plot is about but no big spoilers. If you don't want to read the whole anthology or my review that's understandable because some of these short stories definitely weren't my kind of thing but please, please, please read First Casualty by Michael Pryor as well as my favourites One Small Step, I Can See The Ending and Oona Underground!
They are all such fabulous stories but First Casualty and Oona Underground were so intense that you honestly just have to read them for yourselves. One Small Step It's also totally logical and has a great core message for younger readers but you can expect all that from such a fabulous author so that's no surprise. Zaida is the first person to ever be born on Mars due to a little happy accident when her parents moved from Earth to start the colony on Mars and met.
She's been monitored her whole life by the whole world who are clearly fascinated by the first Martian so she has to juggle growing up as a teenager which is already difficult , keeping her billions of fans updated, a secret crush on her best friend and where she'll go to college! I love that she has such a relatable issue to so many teenagers and young people while also being so far away from us readers by being the first person born on Mars!
This short story jumped from before and after showing a disastrous event in between and then wrapped up perfectly by the end. It was excellent pacing from the author and I really enjoyed her writing as much as anything else she has written before. Honestly, this would make a fantastic standalone novel and I would be so thrilled if Amie ever expanded on it but it was perfection as just twenty-four pages so I'm happy to leave it there.
Although I'll still imagine all the adorable little dates they could have and the crazy adjustment Zaida would have going to Earth for the first time for college! This beautiful short story will stay with me for long after the few minutes it took to read it.
Adam has a crush on Nina and decides on his last day of work that he needs to get their relationship moving but after their first kiss This story explores the grief seeing your future and others can bring you when it takes away the ability to live in the moment but also shows how it can be a good thing as well.
I really enjoyed the dynamic between Adam and his mother and I absolutely loved the banter between Adam and Nina.
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This plot was so thrilling and I wanted more because it was such an interesting twist! I'm definitely seeing a trend in these short stories because I've loved all of them and was somehow left wanting more but also being totally fulfilled by each ending. I've read half of one of Alice Pung's books and I haven't finished it yet not because I didn't like it but just because I had a lot to read at the time but I still loved her writing and I think I should try harder to finish Laurinda after loving this so much. In A Heartbeat was a short story about a teenage girl who accidentally becomes pregnant with her last year of High School approaching.
Typically, her boyfriend rejects the idea of having a child because of his future and strict parents and clearly her mother isn't pleased but she decides she can't go back to one heartbeat after hearing both of them inside her together. I love that it doesn't make teen pregnancy sound like so much fun and a cool thing but it doesn't come across as the end of the world.
It's a perfect mix between oh crap this is awful and this is something that can turn out alright. Our main character is posting an ad for someone to travel through space for his post-graduation celebrations which must be the futuristic version of going down to the Gold Coast for a week for partying, fun and plenty of regrets after High School is finally over. So Tekura applied to travel with Damien and they're taking the Port Vila out for three hardworking but hopefully up for planet hopping and exploring.
The story mostly covers the repairing of the ship before they can leave and they get closer in the time and generally enjoy spending time with each other for someone they need to work with for mutual payout later when they get to go on their trip. When they finally get up off their home planet Tekura and Damien have plenty of time on their hands between long travels to planets until they see a distress signal of a ship with another species and war refugees.
The Palmeenee are an intelligent species and a very calm, incurious kind to questions and wondering but they still managed to get caught up in another planet's war and because of their peaceful demeanour they lose their people and don't stand against it. After Tekura and Damien take them into the Port Vila they set course for Mars to settle and help the injured Palmeenee refugees.
That's when things get complicated when the news follows them around and makes them the most interesting trend in the solar system and the government refuse to come to their aid. It's funny because Michael Pryor has set this story in space with aliens and spaceships but at its core, it's about the greed and deception of the government and the way people turn on refugees. Read this quote but replace Palmeenee with Muslim or Asian and see just how current this story is Politicians are really, really clever, in some ways, at least.
Find a hair, and they'll split it. They'll start to raise doubts. Are these Palmeenee really refugees?
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Are there Palmeenee aboard who could be criminals? Could these Palmeenee be carrying diseases that could spread? Could it be that some of these Palmeenee are just taking the opportunity to look for a nicer place to live, a place where they could make money? When two of their friends, that have been the perfect couple and they thought would be forever thing, break up. Breakups happen though, especially when you're young, but they find out by seeing one of their friends in the relationship kissing a new girl before they told them the news.
Thankfully, their other friend seems totally fine with the split and insists it's mutual but for our main character she is suddenly swept into their new future of a group that is divided, a group that won't be rooming together when they go to university and separate dinners. Over the course of the night, they adjust to it like the recently broken up couple already have but I actually didn't enjoy this one as much as the other stories so far. Maybe it's because the others had really big events and this one was relatively small on the scale.
Rachel and her family have recently moved from a more rural, acreage area to the bustling city of Melbourne. On her first day at her new school, she's shown around the area and meets Mai's friend, Mycroft. He's prone to saying incredibly insulting things without stopping to realise he even offended someone and seems crazy and odd to Rachel but I liked his otherworldly weirdness.
The story basically explores a new budding friendship based on the idea that Rachel and Mycroft both feel so alien and out of sorts in their current positions but now they have a friend to lean on and help them through it. That's what I took from the story but I just admit my mind drifted a lot through this one so I might not have been taking it all in! Oona seems to be looking for love and Meg wants to shout to look at her but instead, she ends up being dragged along to look for some witch that will tell you your destiny in dark, mysterious tunnels because of an almost urban legend around their High School.
I actually felt breathless after finishing this short story because it was so overwhelming. I was totally freaked out and scared for them while reading it and I even imagined myself in their situation and was really creeped out in person too. That was truly excellent and I love when authors can reach out and make something really affect you. I loved the storyline as well and the two main characters had such satisfying endings. That was scary, odd, magical and beautiful and you guys need to read it to understand! She assumes as I would too that the bus will be filled with weirdos and creeps but it looks pretty normal at first and she gets two seats to herself!
She's pretty content to relax and curl up until they get a late passenger and him just so happens to be someone she knew quite well but she assumes he didn't notice her at all and he just so happens to be sitting next to her! He's super cute in her opinion but they butted heads so it wasn't all cute and fluffy. I think it was a nice, easy-going read for me because it was mostly just conversational dialogue with a little bickering and I liked that they were stuck on the bus together for hours so they were unavoidable but after all the fantastic shorts I read at the start of the book these shorts can't really compare due to my style and interests.
It was mostly about a brother and sister and their relationship over the years before settling on the last sort of night they share together before he leaves for school. Although, it's also about a deaf teenager and the people around him. Her brother is deaf so she was born growing up around him and learned sign language from a very young age from their parents. I really enjoyed reading from the perspective of people using sign language and I think their friend were good because they tried to learn as they went as well but obviously his bond and communication with his sister were better.
So yes, I think their friendship was super sweet and I enjoyed that sort of slow, happy writing. The competition specifies you should enter in 25 words or less but the main character spends about forty pages explaining why she should win it and telling the readers about her previous journeys to the past in that travel agency. Yes, she's already tried the ten-minute travels to the past on a school trip and she only lives four minutes from the agency so the flights and accommodation are unnecessary but she'll still gladly take them and use those another time.
I loved the brazen confidence of the main character because she just told them how it was going to go but she also detailed those trips she already took two weeks into the past instead of hundreds of years ago like her classmates and it was really cool because although she couldn't change the past while she was in that time she had a way of using it to her advantage in the end and she found out what she wanted to know. I didn't expect the last short story to be so great but it really went out with an awesome bang with a plot that was just as great as some of the short stories from the earlier shorts I loved.
May 10, Jessica M rated it it was amazing. This anthology features some really well-loved Aussie writers, well-known for their novels and their trilogies. The characters are really relatable and the romance between the two girls is really sweet. I must admit, it did feel a little self-contained for a short story. So much happens in the story plot-wise and character-wise that I felt like a higher word count was needed to really give the story more room. I think fans of Amie Kaufman will love it for its setting and also for the high-action plot.
Once day, when hanging out with his colleague Nina, he foresees that the two of them will get married but will then later get divorced. Adam thinks that he should perhaps change fate. I feel the hot rage before I see her. I can tell without a mirror. I know the difference in my joints, my body seems less cooperative as I amble towards her. She raises a hand and throws smoothing at my chest. I catch it, almost fumble. She leaves. I hold a ring. The story still leaves plenty of things open so that you are left wondering — you want to keep reading about these characters.
I Can See the Ending also provides enough information to keep you entertained. All the bloody adults counselling me, asking me if this is what I really wanted, did I understand the responsibilities of having a child, yadda yadda yadda. Of course I did, which was why I was so depressed and miserable.
I felt like there was only one flaw in the story, and that was the interwoven switch between past and present. Kim often tells stories about the past and the transition between past and present was a bit clunky. I often found myself a little confused because the constant switch between tense, along with the piece being written in second person, made the story a little jarring at times.
But overall, I really really loved this piece and thought it was brilliant. It may not have been my favourite story of the anthology, but I found it quite enjoyable to read. The characters are fun to read and the story is quite plot-driven. In the middle of the story, I did feel like the pace dropped off a little bit and it felt a little dry at times , but it picked up again towards the end.
Her two friends Cameron and Claire have been dating for years — since primary school. Yeah, so maybe we are a wee bit invested. But, man, with the rest of our shitty, messy lives? Claire and Cam are the closest thing any of us have to a gravitational centre. This was written really well, with hilarious characters and plenty of wit and humour. Missing Persons spans a number of weeks, allowing us to read about Rachel experiencing the first few weeks of school and making friends.
Second, I get to ride the tram. The city looks different out the tram window; more contained, almost manageable. Besides that, I think Ellie did a fantastic job with the pacing of the story and the friendship between Rachel and Mycroft. One of my favourite stories of the anthology. It keeps the reader guessing — it keeps them engaged and interested and enraptured. This story is an exploration of love and hope and destiny, but it is also a little paranormal and magical. Loved it! I think there is one small flaw in the story, and that is the text messages that Lucy is sending her friends.
She follows him one night when he goes out to hang out with his friends. He lets her come along with him and his friends as they go to to the Mount Solemn Observatory. I felt like I wanted to know more about King — I would love to read a longer piece about his travels overseas and his adventures abroad. I think it would make a great YA novel. The pacing was on point and the characters were so full of life and three dimensional.
I loved reading about all of them! What a way to conclude the anthology! A soft, low voice. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize. VII, No. A Journal , Vol. XII, Nos. Inspiring Stories. Ed Davis Blog on Meli's Way. Printable Version here. To read the article online, you need Adobe Acrobat. It is available to download free here.
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