A Visit from the Duchess and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Speculative Fiction Award

Rated 4.55/5 based on 11 reviews
Science fiction, fantasy, horror and the occasional zombie can be found in these twenty-eight wickedly clever speculative fiction stories written by both Australian and international authors. Chosen by Ruth Ellison, Russell Schneider and David Vernon, these are the best of the entries in the Stringybark Speculative Fiction Awards. 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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Reviews of A Visit from the Duchess and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Speculative Fiction Award by David Vernon

Jane Doilly reviewed on Sep. 19, 2012

Very clever and at times disturbing. I felt that all the stories had considerable merit and very well illustrate the depth and breadth of modern speculative fiction. Great value for money.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Gabion reviewed on Sep. 13, 2012

I've bought the paperback version of this book and wanted an e-book copy for sometime. There are some haunting and clever stories that provide much food for thought. The title story, "A Visit from the Duchess" by Janeen Samuel is well crafted and unsettling. Jack Nichols' "The Historian" is amusing and explores a unique idea and Mike Berlin's story, "Tiffany" really is speculative. A wonderful collection. Thank you!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
V.S. Daley reviewed on April 15, 2012

There are some very quirky and intriguing stories in this anthology of speculative fiction stories. All of them made me think. This is a great collection which is well laid out and cleverly put together to provide a good selection of contemporary speculative fiction writing. Well done.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Batsy reviewed on April 9, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of first-class stories. As with the best of speculative fiction the stories keep coming back to haunt my thoughts.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Bronnie Wu reviewed on March 27, 2012

A delicious collection of clever, unsettling and provocative stories. Well written, well laid out - a quality production which seems to be something rather rare on Smashwords.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Jack A Benson reviewed on Dec. 11, 2011

This is an edgy science fiction/fantasy collection. Some awesome stories here. Well written, gritty plots. Some good sexy stuff too without losing realism. I'm very pleased with this purchase.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
Clarissa White reviewed on Nov. 10, 2011

Finding quality writing amongst e-books seems to be a bit of a gamble. However, I might have stumbled on a decent publisher. This is the second Stringybark anthology I have purchased and its a beaut one. The stories a clever and get one thinking. Cool stuff.
(reviewed 57 days after purchase)
Peter Thompson reviewed on Oct. 10, 2011

I second Daniel Vane's review, although I don't mind a bit of Zombie and horror. There wasn't much of the latter (or former for that matter). Rather there was a bunch of really excellent short stories that explored some really very interesting ideas. Good value for money.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
Daniel Vane reviewed on Sep. 29, 2011

While I have enjoyed the other David Vernon edited anthologies of short stories, it was with trepidation that I purchased an anthology of speculative fiction. Horror and zombies leave me cold, However I have been pleasantly surprised. This is a top collection of speculative fiction short stories. Many of the stories contain wonderful twists and turns and despite the zombies, I loved it. Another good book to read on the bus. The winning story, "A Visit from the Duchess" is just masterful.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Sandra Black reviewed on Sep. 20, 2011

There is some wonderful writing in this book. Despite their short nature (2000 words or less) there are some powerful plots and excellent descriptions. This is speculative fiction at its best. Crisp, thought-provoking (some a little horrifying) and entertaining. Great work and good value for money.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

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