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Dreaming Down-Under [Hardcover]

Jack Dann , Janeen Webb


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Dec 2000
This is a collection of Australian speculative fiction, both "wild-side" fiction which has an edge of horror, fantasy or magical realism; and genre fiction - science fiction, fantasy and horror. The stories have comments by editors and thoughts by the writers.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Australian SF anthology 21 Jan 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This speculative fiction anthology contains thirty-one powerful tales written by Australian authors. The tales run the gamut crossing fantasy, horror, and science fiction with each contribution well written. Audiences outside of Australia have read several of the writers such as Sara Douglas, Isobelle Carmody, and the late Paul Turner, etc. These authors provide their usual powerful story. Of interest at least to this reviewer is writers that I never read before. These "newcomers" apparently have a strong reputation in Australia and fans will quickly understand why, and like me, will seek other works by these talented contributors who open up brave new worlds for readers. DREAMING DOWN-UNDER is speculative fiction short story collection at its best.

Harriet Klausner
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stories 19 Jan 2014
By Shawn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A great selection of sci-fi and fantasy stories from Australian authors. Some of these would make wonderful lead-ins to full novels.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Australian SF Reader 31 July 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
An eclectic anthology I suppose you could say, with the second volume better than this, the first one. (3.87 average versus 3.56, or 3.71 for the lot, if you like), which places it ahead of the various McNamara offerings, by just a little. There is a useful introduction, with a bit of history there, although, for an Australian volume quite a bit of time wasted on Harlan Ellison worship, as far as the intro goes. Science fiction, fantasy and horror to be found here.

Dreaming Down Under 1 : Entre les Beaux Morts en Vie - Sean Williams
Dreaming Down Under 1 : A Walk-On Part in the War - Stephen Dedman
Dreaming Down Under 1 : The Man Who Lost His Shadow - Isobelle Carmody
Dreaming Down Under 1 : Night of the Wandjina - Wynne Whiteford
Dreaming Down Under 1 : The Dancing Floor - Cherry Wilder
Dreaming Down Under 1 : To Avalon - Jane Routley
Dreaming Down Under 1 : Ma Rung - Steven Paulsen
Dreaming Down Under 1 : Dream Until God Burns - Andrew Enstice
Dreaming Down Under 1 : Queen of Soulmates - Sean McMullen
Dreaming Down Under 1 : The Doppelganger Effect - Dirk Strasser
Dreaming Down Under 1 : The Marsh Runners - Paul Brandon
Dreaming Down Under 1 : Real Men - Rosaleen Love
Dreaming Down Under 1 : The Womb - Damien Broderick
Dreaming Down Under 1 : The Body Politic - Tess Williams
Dreaming Down Under 1 : With Clouds at Our Feet - Simon Brown

Really old people can be dull and boring, or, zombies and vampires, not such a great idea.

4 out of 5

Odysseus smart, forward thinking. Paris, not so much.

3.5 out of 5

Seeking and snogging.

2.5 out of 5

Puppets should be made of wood, not flesh.

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Android archaeology.

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Rocksy Music.

4 out of 5

'Nam spirit patrol.

4 out of 5

Crispy. Ouch.

3.5 out of 5

Superweapon survival strategy.

4.5 out of 5

Hyperstress.

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Madhouse monsters.

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If Ghost Rider had an open-wheeler.

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Dream delving religion.

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Aliens like 'em really young.

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John Long Pig will do for the very hungry.

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Red moo juice.

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Dreaming Down Under 2 : The Evil Within - Sara Douglass
Dreaming Down Under 2 : The Soldier in the Machine - Russell Blackford
Dreaming Down Under 2 : Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies - Lucy Sussex
Dreaming Down Under 2 : Unborn Again - Chris Lawson
Dreaming Down Under 2 : The Latest Dream I Ever Dreamed - Norman Talbot
Dreaming Down Under 2 : The Truth About Weena - David J. Lake
Dreaming Down Under 2 : Two Recipes for Magic Beans - Rosaleen Love
Dreaming Down Under 2 : Wired Dreaming - Paul Collins
Dreaming Down Under 2 : Descent - Cecily Scutt
Dreaming Down Under 2 : Tamed - Robert Hood
Dreaming Down Under 2 : And Now Doth Time Waste Me - George Turner
Dreaming Down Under 2 : Jetsam - Kerry Greenwood
Dreaming Down Under 2 : Prelude to a Nocturne - Rowena Cory Lindquist
Dreaming Down Under 2 : The Third Rail - Aaron Sterns
Dreaming Down Under 2 : The Last Dance - Ian Nichols

Gargoyle evil slayers a bit stringent for priest's liking.

4 out of 5

Paracognitive reflex research enhanced by music and dance.

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Waltzing Bunyipa.

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Baby brain bits disease treatment.

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Dream spooks steal secrets.

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Time Machine paradox.

4 out of 5

Precocious porker.

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SVU cop's transformed crusade.

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Family Hell.

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Monster people power.

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In truth, youth serum requires smarts.

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Godly old driftbloke.

4 out of 5

No puberty blues.

4 out of 5

Metropolitan lack of integrity, physical and mental.

3.5 out of 5

Rock and roll magic.

4 out of 5
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outback Daydreams 3 Feb 2001
By Gary S. Potter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
For those who are always looking for the cutting edge of SF, fantasy, and horror, and expanding their horizons, look no further. DREAMING DOWN UNDER is a superlative collection of 31 stories by some of today's best Australian writers out there today. Most of these authors, relatively unknown here in the States (though, since the book's original release in 1998, and a World Fantasy Award winner, some of these tremendous talented authors have started to appear here).Sean Williams, Lucy Sussex, Isobelle Carmody, and Damien Broderick are just starting to appear, while Stephen Dedman, Cherry Wilder, Terry Dowling, Wynne Whiteford, and Sean McMullen are some of the authors that have become a staple in the SF genre. The collection also contains the late and wonderful (Father of Australian SF), George Turner's last, finished just days before his death, but brilliant novella "AND NOW DOTH TIME WASTE ME". Highly recommended for those hungering for a different type of dream...
8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the authors pleads for your money 11 Feb 2001
By Chris Lawson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am one of the writers in this anthology.
If you care about science fiction, fantasy, horror, or "slipstream" fiction, then you should buy anthologies like this. The genre has always thrived on short fiction.
Why should you buy this particular anthology? It won the World Fantasy Award and the Ditmar Award. Its editors are Jack Dann, Nebula-Award-winning writer, and Janeen Webb, who is that rare combination: a respected literary academic *and* an excellent fiction writer.
The anthology dominated the Australian awards. All six short story nominations for the Ditmar Award came from the anthology ("The Truth About Weena" won). Not surprisingly, it won the Ditmar for Best Magazine or Anthology in its own right. Stories from Dreaming Down Under also dominated the Aurealis Awards, winning for Best Science Fiction Short Story ("The Truth About Weena") and for Best Fantasy Short Story ("A Walk-On Part in the War").
My story from the anthology has been reprinted twice (in the Dozois Year's Best Science Fiction #16 and Event Horizon), has been translated into French for Galaxies magazine, and has been optioned for feature film development. And it wasn't even one of the award-nominated stories!
Finally, it has a fantastic cover by Hugo-nominated artist Nick Stathopoulos, which also won a Ditmar.
It's an enormous anthology with a breadth of style and subject matter. The only drawback: you might need to train at the gym to strengthen your wrists while reading it.
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