Next, Edited by Simon Petrie and Robert Porteous.
Sequence. Succession. Cause and effect. Show us what happened. Next.
Next suggests ‘change’, perhaps, but it doesn’t have to invoke change, it can simply be an account of cause-and-effect. Soemtimes it’s the absence of change, the sense of inevitability, that gives the story its terrible power and its resonance. Or it might be a rite-of-passage; of invention and exploration; of the testing and transgression of boundaries; or a story laden with doom or hope or just the inevitability of inescapable repetition. Yup, this theme is a theme for all seasons; it’s a cut and come again theme that can mean pretty much whatever people want it to mean.
The selected stories range far and wide across all aspects of the speculative genres, from gentle fantasy to full-blooded dystopian SF to hackle-bristling psychological horror, while also canvassing in its sweep whimsy, adventure, romance, parody, and tragedy.
Read Simon Petrie’s Next Big Thing post about the book here.
Table of Contents
|The Ninety Two||Claire McKenna|
|Imported Goods – Aisle Nine||David Versace|
|Of Starfish Tides||Suzanne J Willis|
|Almost Beautiful||Angela Rega|
|On the Wall||Nicky Rowlands|
|Wooden Heart||Tracie McBride|
|Cause and Effect||Martin Livings|
|Next cried the Faun||Edwina Harvey|
|The Electrician and the Circus||Steve Simpson|
|The Dream Tracker||Shauna O’Meara|
|A Dream of Something More||Robert Phillips|
|Those Days||Daniel Simpson|
|Someone’s Daughter||Gillian Polack|
|A Little Warning||Leife Shallcross|
|Ned Kelly and the Zombies||Craig Cormick|
|The Cat and the Zombies||Chris McGrane|
|The Room||Catherine Whittle|
|Casino Five||Helen Stubbs|
|The Wild Hunt||Richard L Lagarto|
|Animal the Colour of Waiting||Adam Browne|
|The Midway Hotel||Kris Ashton|
|When Money Talks||Ross C Hamilton|
|Phoenix Down||Elizabeth Fitzgerald|
|Gambler’s Blues||David Coleman|
|Hell is where the Heart is||Janeen Webb|
|Stories in the Square||Daniel Baker|
|Girl finds Key||Chris Large|
|Quantum Echoes||Alan Baxter|
|Here’s Glory For You||Richard Harland|
Editors: Simon Petrie & Rob Porteous