A Foreign Country

I’m thrilled to share the announcement of the NZ Anthology of Speculative Fiction – A Foreign Country – being released by Random Static in August of this year.

Strange creatures are loose in Miramar, desperate survivors cling to the remains of a submerged country, humanity’s descendants seek to regain what they’ve lost, and the residents of Gisborne reluctantly serve alien masters. The visions of New Zealand – and beyond – painted in this collection of short stories are both instantly recognisable, and nothing like the place we know.

A Foreign Country brings together the work of established authors and fresh voices to showcase the range of stories produced by New Zealand’s growing community of speculative fiction writers. Humorous, disturbing, intriguing, cautionary, and ultimately hopeful, these tales tell of worlds where the boundaries between human and animal are blurred, babies are not what they seem, desperate measures are in place to ward off disaster, and flying standby can be a big mistake.

My short story ‘Birth Rights’ is included in the collection and I am so excited to be appearing alongside many writers I admire and adore – can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Go and check it out if you haven’t already.

Sidenote: Juliet Marillier has a story in the collection! I love her novels! I was already buzzing about being in an antho with the authors I know and respect, and the icing on the cake is to be in an antho with her. I think it’s got to be one of the best writing feelings. Squee!


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