TRENT DALTON All Our Shimmering Skies

Following the resounding acclaim for his debut novel, Trent Dalton has drawn together some of the elements that made Boy Swallows Universe such a success and remixed them into a gritty fable that bristles with tantalising optimism. The heart of his first book was...

TED CHIANG Exhalation

Reviewed by Chris Maher Review at Newtown Review of Books These new stories from award-winning author Ted Chiang challenge what we think about artificial intelligence, free will and other big questions. Ted Chiang made quite an impact in 2002 with his debut...

Mutawintji – giving back the promised land

By Chris Maher [This story first appeared in Geo Magazine] According to Dreamtime legend, Mutawintji is the promised land, delivered to the survivors of a god’s dreadful wrath. The Malyankapa tribe made the serious error of taking advice from a mischievous frog –...

The Time Tube

By Chris Maher. Illustrated by James Hart The Time Tube is the first book in a futuristic speculative fiction adventure for middle school children for upper primary and lower high school readers. The series is Hi-Lo Fiction, using simple language but concepts of...

Jimmy and the Bluebottles

By Chris Maher. Illustrated by James Hart Part of the Highlights series: original works of fiction aimed at students aged 10-15 years who are reading below level, supported by full-colour manga-style illustrations. The story looks at family relationships, courage and...