Epigraph: Now all known desires - even unknown ones - I had / Stand stript before me with their names writ under. / And will this make me really sane, I wonder, / Or only more intelligently mad? - Ernest G. Moll
Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of
yAlien Shores : An Anthology of Australian Science FictionPeter McNamara
North Adelaide:Aphelion Publications,1994Z2963771994anthology short story science fiction satire Comprising only seven reprints, the new stories are from SF luminaries such as George
Turner, Lucy Sussex and Sean McMullen.
'Several of the stories have an almost 1950s golden age
tinge to them - for example, George Turner's first-contact
story 'Flowering Mandrake,' in which humanity and aliens
find they have little in common.
In 'The Miocene Arrow Sean McMullen continues his
stories in which prehistoric cetaceans take revenge on
In 'Kay and Phil,' Lucy Sussex produces a wonderful
vignette of Philip K. Dick in 1961 and the imaginary influences on his cult novel
The Man in the High Castle...
Fascinating is [Damien Broderick's] short introduction [to 'The Magi'], which tells of his meeting with a prostitute who
loves science fiction at a seminar at the Humanities Research
Centre at ANU (Colin Steele, SF Commentary No 77, p.53).
'When an author sits down to write the linking pieces for the stories in his new book, planning to do it by the hours of the night observed by medieval scholars, he is interrupted by phonecalls from his eccentric yet harmless friend, Raymond, a former mental patient with whom he shares some curious notions about the perceived world. At first casual and interested, even helpful, these calls soon become increasingly tense and strange, until the author realizes that what started out as an innocent fun idea - a shared all-night vigil on the autumn Equinox - is actually serving some other vital purpose, becoming by stages part therapy, party incantatory process, part vindication of those very theories which will change forever the way he sees the world.' (Source: bookseller's website.)