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 #89
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,430. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2016 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This issue of Aurealis opens with a haunting image of ghosts reburying their dead at low tide from David Versace ‘The Lighthouse at Cape Defeat’, then moves through the gentle organic world-building of Adrik Kemp’s ‘Blossom Fall’ and finally onto Heidi Kneale’s intriguing steampunkish ‘How He Wound Up’.
Aurealis #88
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,440. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Melanie Rees’ wicked little tale of frenetic tweeting, ‘#WhatIsHendersonsCurse’, opens the latest issue of Aurealis. In ‘The Planetary Survey’, Tom Dullemond explores what might go wrong with humans trying to understand aliens, and the implications for advertising campaigns. Jessi Hammond’s ‘Wired’ is a tense near-future thriller that proves big business really does get away with murder.
Aurealis #87
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,800. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Aurealis goes global with #87, starting off the year in supernova mode with Sean Monaghan's ‘The Root Bridges of Haemae’, a resonant off-world story featuring a truly alien culture. Just when you’ve recovered from the breakneck hybrid that is Ian Bell’s ‘Elven Blades', brace yourself for Deborah Sheldon’s nail-biting ride through the white wastelands of Antarctica, ‘Across the White Desert’.
Aurealis #86
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,810. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2015 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In the last Aurealis issue for 2015, Australia’s premier fantasy and science fiction magazine goes out with a bang. Looking for some holiday period reading? Check out the Aurealis 2015 speculative fiction recommended reading list. Aurealis #86 features Janet Haigh’s moody and atmospheric “Potkin” and Lachlan Huddy’s comic seafaring science-fantasy “Adrift on the Smoky Sea”.
Aurealis #85
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,980. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2015 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Aurealis #85 features Peter Hickman’s “Dreamscribe”, a terse evocative world-creation with complex character motivations in a tightly woven story, and “The Events at Callan Park”, a creepy asylum-set historical tale from Erol Engin which has unnerving implications for today. Reviews include latest releases from Justin Woolley, China Miéville, Brian Catling, Joe Abercrombie and John Birmingham.
Aurealis #74
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,500. Language: Australian English. Published: September 2, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » 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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,480. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » 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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,550. Language: Australian English. Published: April 29, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,910. Language: Australian English. Published: April 1, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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 #64
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,420. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The opening story in Aurealis #64 begins: 'The seasick lover becomes a saltwater cistern. She built her first lover out of glass.' And these opening lines are no-where near the strangest things in Penny Stirling's 'Love Over Glass, Skin Under Glass'. Read this this controversial story that sparked a major disagreement among the Aurealis Editors.
Aurealis #63
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,460. Language: Australian English. Published: August 1, 2013 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,170. Language: Australian English. Published: February 27, 2013 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,550. Language: Australian English. Published: February 2, 2013 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,970. Language: Australian English. Published: October 29, 2012 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,440. Language: Australian English. Published: October 3, 2012 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,570. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2012 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: 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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,880. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2012 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: 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.
Aurealis #46
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,660. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2011 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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Aurealis is the Australian magazine of fantasy, science fiction and horror. It has been publishing continuously since 1990. This second electronic edition includes an absolute ripper of a hard science fiction story by Greg Mellor and a zombie tale with a difference by Andrew J McKiernan, as well as an interview with Felicity Pulman, news, reviews and more.

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