A Tick Tock Heart

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Twenty-two award-winning short stories from the 'Stringybark Future Times Award' will propel you into a world beyond 2020. These stories will delight and intrigue you in this anthology of clever tales from Australian and international authors. More

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About David Vernon

I am a freelance writer and editor. I am father of two boys. For the last few years I have focussed my writing interest on chronicling women and men’s experience of childbirth and promoting better support for pregnant women and their partners. Recently, for a change of pace, I am writing two Australian history books. In 2014 I was elected Chair of the ACT Writers Centre.

In 2010 I established the Stringybark Short Story Awards to promote the short story as a literary form.

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Review by: Sandra Black on Feb. 23, 2016 :
I've been remiss on not reviewing this book long ago. As a regular reader of Stringybark anthologies I try to review them all. This collection is really a 4.5 star collection with some absolute gems. The winning story "A Tick Tock Heart" by Disapol Savetsila is gripping to the end. Who would think one could feel so much empathy for a robot? Jessie Ansons tale, "Meet the Martians" is quietly unsettling while Bruce Olive's story "Letter to the Minister" raises some fascinating questions about human behaviour. This is a wondeful collection, just as good as "A Visit from the Duchess" the other Stringybark SF anthology.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Pippa Kay on July 6, 2015 :
I'm not usually a fan of science fiction, but I found the stories in this anthology thought-provoking and imaginative. One of the problems I feel with many science fiction novels is the amount of exposition needed to explain the world of the future. However, because of the word count limitations the authors in this anthology have kept exposition to a minimum and the reader is thrown into the world they have created, head first. What does the future hold. Interestingly many of the stories see a positive future, where things will be better than they are now.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Oakkie on July 29, 2014 :
This book is for lovers of science fiction.
Contained are short stories that present a myriad of different futures: from dystopic worlds to marvels of technology. From action heavy battlegrounds to underground cities. From love stories to tragedies. On one page will be a resurrected lover, and on another will be the last wild dog in Australia. All these glimpses into a possible future are concise and beautiful.
For a lover of science fiction, this book has it all.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)

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