Dirk Strasser has written over 30 books for major publishers in Australia and has been editing magazines and anthologies since 1990. He has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards and a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement, and has been short-listed for the Aurealis and Ditmar Awards a number of times. His speculative fiction novels – including Zenith and Equinox – were originally published by Pan Macmillan in Australia and Heyne Verlag in Germany. His science fiction story “The Doppelgänger Effect” appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology Dreaming Down-Under. Several stories have appeared in “Best of” anthologies and lists in Australia and the USA, including regular appearances in the Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best Science Fiction Honorable Mentions. His short fiction has been translated into a number of languages, and his most recent publications are “The Jesus Particle” in Cosmos magazine and “Stories of the Sand” in Realms of Fantasy. His articles have appeared in most of Australia’s major newspapers. He founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-published Aurealis magazine for over 20 years.
We asked some of Australia's top fantasy and science fiction authors to select two of their stories tied together by a single theme and to write an introduction on how they had explored that theme. Dirk Strasser asks the question, if science can help a transsexual become the gender they know themselves to be, what would happen in the future if humans could become the alien they believe they are.