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The future is here! A Foreign Country, Random Static’s new anthology of New Zealand Speculative Fiction, is now available for pre-order. Featuring work by best-selling author Juliet Marillier, poet, musician, and writer Bill Direen, several Sir Julius Vogel Award winners, prominent writers, and talented newcomers, this is an unmissable volume of imaginative and compelling short stories.

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.

The anthology includes stories by:

  • Philip Armstrong
  • Richard Barnes
  • Claire Brunette
  • Anna Caro
  • Matt Cowens
  • Bill Direen
  • Dale Elvy
  • J.C. Hart
  • Paul Haines
  • Miriam Hurst
  • Tim Jones
  • Susan Kornfeld
  • Juliet Marillier
  • Lee Murray
  • James Norcliffe
  • Ripley Patton
  • Simon Petrie
  • Brian Priestley
  • Marama Salsano
  • Lee Sentes
  • Janine Sowerby
  • Douglas A. Van Belle

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A Foreign Country can be pre-ordered here, and will be launched at 6pm on Friday 27 August at Au Contraire, the 31st National Science Fiction Convention.