benpayne (ex_benpayne119) wrote in lastshortstory,

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Our group list - Australian Short Stories of 2008

Good tidings, eye kin.

It's that end of the year again we in the "shop" refer to as the "end" end... the part where the review team at last short story hastily assemble a robot from discarded felt hats and bottle tops and force it to calculate the "averages" and other assorted miscellany. I don't understand any of it myself, but I'm happy to report its findings, translated from bottle-top to writey-talkey for your convenience.

A couple of caveats: we are mostly involved in publishing in various ways our good selves, and thus this entire reviewing caper may be calculated consciously or subconsciously to dupe you all to our own advantage. Hence our legal team advises us to declare our more obvious biasi. Alisa and I edited 2012; I edited Dog versus Sandwich, Alisa edited Angel Rising. Neither of us voted on the stories in these particular projects, but our colleagues may have been influenced by our good looks and power to vote them up. Make up your own minds.

Also, we don't allow stories by our team into the list, else Tansy's story "Fleshy" would have been in there. But as it is she has to make do with this caveat.

So on with the list: these are the stories that we, as a group, considered the Year's Best stories by Australian authors. International lists will follow.

The Last Great House of Isla Tortuga...Peter M. Ball (Dreaming Again)
On the Finding of Photographs of My Former Loves... Peter M. Ball (Fantasy)
As We Know It... Lyn Battersby (Borderlands #10)
The Metawhore's Tale... Lee Battersby (Canterbury 2100)
Seven Ages of the Protagonist... Deborah Biancotti (Scary Food)
Watertight Lies... Deborah Biancotti (2012)
Oh Russia... Simon Brown (2012)
The Empire... Simon Brown (Dreaming Again)
A Thousand Natural Shocks... Simon Brown (Borderlands #10)
Neverland Blues... Adam Browne (Dreaming Again)
The Glass Girl Looks Back... Stephanie Campisi (Shimmer)
A Pox on All Your Houses... Stephanie Campisi (Dog vs Sandwich)
The Gnomogist's Tale... Matthew Chrulew (Canterbury 2100)
Crystal Nights... Greg Egan (Interzone #215)
Angel Rising... Dirk Flinthart (Twelfth Planet Publishing)
This is Not My Story... Dirk Flinthart (ASIM #37)
Her Collection of Intimacy... Paul Haines (Black #2)
Creeping in Reptile Flesh... Robert Hood (Creeping in Reptile Flesh)
Unravelling... Robert Hood (Creeping in Reptile Flesh)
The New Deal... Trent Jamieson (Dreaming Again)
Machine Maid... Margo Lanagan (Extraordinary Engines)
The Goosle... Margo Lanagan (Del Rey Book of SF/F)
The Janus's Tale... Penelope Love (Canterbury 2100)
The Constant Past... Sean McMullen (Dreaming Again)
The Funeral, Ruined... Ben Peek (Paper Cities)
David Bowie... Ben Peek (2012)
I Love You Like Water... Angela Slatter (2012)
The Hummingbird Heart... Angela Slatter (Shimmer)
Palisade... Cat Sparks (Clockwork Phoenix)
Ass-Hat Magic Spider... Scott Westerfeld (The Starry Rift)
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