Dirk Strasser (Editor)

Biography

Dirk Strasser has written over 30 books for major publishers in Australia and has been editing magazines and anthologies since 1990. He won a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement and has been short-listed for the Aurealis and Ditmar Awards a number of times. His fantasy novels – including Zenith and Equinox – were originally published by Pan Macmillan in Australia and Heyne Verlag in Germany. His children’s horror/fantasy novel, Graffiti, was published by Scholastic. His short fiction has been translated into a number of languages, and his most recent publications are “The Jesus Particle” in Cosmos magazine, “Stories of the Sand” in Realms of Fantasy and “The Vigilant” in Fantasy magazine. He founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-published Aurealis magazine for over 20 years.

Books

Aurealis #74
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,500. Language: Australian English. Published: September 2, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In this issue we feature Imogen Cassidy’s ‘Soul Partner’, an urban fantasy gumshoe pastiche with some original touches, and Leife Shallcross’ creepy and engrossing ‘Music for an Ivory Violin’. Chris Large brings some thoughtful silliness with his ‘When a Jedi Should Think Twice About Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight’, and Stephen Higgins continues his SF’s Sacred Cows with Asimov's Foundation.
Aurealis #73
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,480. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This issue of Aurealis features the near-future Melbourne of Daniel Baker’s gritty and evocative ‘Refraction’ and a chilling transformation story, 'Kisses with Teeth’, by Allan Chen. Shane M Brown’s article, ‘The Secret to Selling eBooks’, continues his series on thriving in the new publishing eco-system we live in, and we round things off with a bumper crop of speculative fiction reviews.
Aurealis #70
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,550. Language: Australian English. Published: April 29, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
This issue features 'The Stain on the Lake' by Matthew J Morrison, a dark, chilling piece with characters to die for, and 'Wrecked' by Ephiny Gale, a new twist on the reality television theme, which is sort of 'Truman Show' meets 'Survivor' meets 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'. Don't miss Shane M Brown talking about how his Aurealis story is on the verge of making it to the silver screen.
Aurealis #69
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,910. Language: Australian English. Published: April 1, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
The latest Aurealis features Richard Viskovic's 'The Electric Itch', which is guaranteed to make you scratch just thinking about the technology depicted, and Mick Spadaro's 'It Came From A Party Supplies Store', which is one of those rarities—an SF story that aims to be funny, and actually is funny. Don’t miss the Stephen Higgins’ archive classic: 'So, you want to be a science fiction writer.'
Aurealis #63
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,460. Language: Australian English. Published: August 1, 2013 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
This month's Aurealis brings on the aliens with Gerry Huntman's 'The Pillar of the Small God', an alien contact story featuring communication problems with an intriguing race, and a translating device that doesn't work perfectly. And Liam Pieper’s 'Prophet' provides the sort of world-within-a-world-within-a-world immersion that you may never disentangle yourself from.
Aurealis #58
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,170. Language: Australian English. Published: February 27, 2013 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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Aurealis #58, edited by Dirk Strasser, opens with Steve Simpson's 'Apartment on Copernicus Street', an alien invasion story that's authentic, powerful, full of surprises, and more than a little chilling. And hold onto your horses for a tough and raunchy Wild West fantasy, with Chris Large's 'The Red House'. Whoa, boy! And if you're still hanging on, the usual reviews & news round off this issue.
Aurealis #57
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,550. Language: Australian English. Published: February 2, 2013 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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Aurealis #57, edited by Dirk Strasser, features the near future sub-continental grunge of 'Where Colossi Sleep' by Daniel Baker, where heavy industry blends with a culture four thousand years old and is transformed by it. Watch out also for C S McMullen's 'Monday-child', a deceptive story that constantly defies your expectations and packs a real punch in the end.
Aurealis #56 Award Winners
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,970. Language: Australian English. Published: October 29, 2012 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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Aurealis #56 is the second special Award Winners issue. Thoraiya Dyer's The ‘Fruit of the Pipal Tree’ won Best Fantasy Short Story. 'The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt', a raw autobiographical story, was joint winner in the Best Horror Short Story category. The author, Paul Haines, died in March this year after a battle with cancer, and didn't live to receive the Aurealis Award.
Aurealis #55 Award Winners
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,440. Language: Australian English. Published: October 3, 2012 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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This issue of the Australian magazine of fantasy, science fiction and horror, edited by Dirk Strasser, is our first special Aurealis Award Winners issue. 'Rains of la Strange' by Robert N Stephenson, an action-packed story set in a richly-realised milieu, won Best Science Fiction Short Story. Lisa L Hannett's 'The Short Go' was the joint winner in the Best Horror Short Story category.
Aurealis #48
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,570. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2012 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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Aurealis is the Australian magazine of fantasy, science fiction and horror. Aurealis #48, edited by Dirk Strasser, features Matt Bissett-Johnson's graphic story 'The Descent of Traag', a ripping deep-space yarn by Rick Kennett, a subtle Greg Mellor tale of a digital artist who paints actual thoughts, and an article on Margaret Atwood's In Other Worlds, plus news, reviews and mor
Aurealis #47
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,900. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2012 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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Aurealis, the Australian magazine of fantasy, science fiction and horror, has been publishing continuously since 1990. Aurealis #47 features an exhilarating voyage into ancient Greek mythology by Jenny Blackford, some unnerving Australian outback horror by Jason Nahrung, and a thought-provoking article from Crisetta MacLeod on why one book is never enough in fantasy, plus news, reviews and more.