Aurealis #115 transports us to the truly alien yet strangely recognisable Australia of Clive McAlpin’s ‘The Spoils’, then to a planet evacuated by humans in ‘The Empty Quarter’ by Jai Baidell, and finally to a place where the only choice is between two sorts of devils in Pierce Skinner’s ‘Sacrifice’.
The colorful Barney battles everyone while running his auction room in post WWII Melbourne, Australia, but meets his match in his daughter who wants to marry his employee, and he auctions a painting he thinks is worthless.
‘Unforgiving’ is a human-interest story. There are elements and emotions for readers of all genres. It has that pure Australian element of an outback setting with y strong descriptions of the landscape and scenery. The Australian bush portrays strong background images for the story and the ordinary characters of the outback, display extraordinary resolve in the face of tragedy and grief.
'I am Chris!!' depicts a period in the life of Detective Chris Johnson, is assigned to a special police squad, established to investigate and prosecute a Mr Big of the underworld in Sydney, Australia.
A feature of the squad is that they may employ unorthodox methods, without adhering to regulation police procedures and regulations, something which she takes to enthusiastically.
This issue has stories that traverse the vast expanse of speculative fiction. Sarah Napier’s story, ‘Fail’, asks how we might deal with virtual infidelity in the face of ever-evolving technologies. In ‘A Figure in the Haze’, Rebecca Boyle explores the horror of ordinary people lured into corruption, while James Rowland’s ‘The Glassblower's Peace’ conjures some unusual magic in Renaissance Venice.
On All Hallows Eve, deep in the Australian country, a violent prison escapee has set his heart on adoring Abbie.
Abbie of course has no idea. She is on the hunt for a man; not for the usual reasons. She doesn't want much. She doesn't need to meet the love of her life. Just someone who can stand up to her Dad; a man whose friends take no prisoners! She's about to find out. It can always get worse.
Young English immigrant Gabrielle Fox comes to the marvellous Melbourne of the 1870s and is caught up in the frenetic, often dishonest financial dealings of this fast growing city. While remaining honest himself he wins through to his fortune and to the hand of the girl he loves.
Aurealis #113 rolls out some red-hot fiction with the raw and confronting ‘Hair and Teeth’ from Deborah Sheldon, the future noir visions of Brad McNaughton in his ‘Wormholes and the Woman with the Fake Tan’, plus the cool brutality of Matt R O’Connor’s ‘Bits’.