The anthology Centaurus: The Best of Australian SF is a banquet of thought-provoking science fiction from Australia. Readers who so far have been unaware of the developing world of Australian SF will be engrossed by this diverse selection of stories chosen by World Fantasy Award-winning editor David G. Hartwell and acclaimed Australian writer Damien Broderick. Yes, Australian star Greg Egan appears, with a story ("Wang's Carpets") that embodies his humanistic approach to hard SF. But Centaurus also presents rising stars whose works deal with landscapes, concerns, and themes Australian. Take, for example, Leanne Frahm's "Borderline." Her story of a widower who has little in common with his ambitious, city-dwelling offspring, yet who wants to protect them even if it means confronting his worst fears, is made richer by its plainspoken Australian dialect. Both "The Mountain Movers" by A. Bertram Chandler and Terry Dowling's "Privateer's Moon" drench readers in the other-worldliness of Australian landscapes. The editors bookend the volume with stunning stories by George Turner ("Flowering Mandrake"), one of Australia's earliest internationally known SF writers, and Peter Carey ("The Chance"), winner of the Booker Prize for his novel Oscar and Lucinda. Every story has its own introduction, and each editor provides an introduction to the volume. Centaurus is full of imaginative fare from writers with a colorful regional perspective.|
Source: Blaise Selby, Amazon.com.
Science fiction is a worldwide literature, and no one knows it better than David G. Hartwell. Over the years Hartwell has produced a number of anthologies, ranging through the decades and across the globe to document science fiction's scope of influence--and has introduced American audiences to writers beyond our own literary borders. Now Hartwell and Australian SF guru Damien Broderick are bringing a higher profile to Australian science fiction with Centaurus. Here is a showcase of some of the most original voices in SF, selected and introduced by a highly qualified duo of SF professionals. Centaurus includes stories from well-known practitioners of the genre as well as the hottest new writers from the land down under. For both avid followers of Australian SF and genre readers who have not yet discovered our southern stars, Centaurus is an anthology no SF fan will want to miss.