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y separately published work icon Light Touch Paper - Stand Clear anthology   short story   science fiction   fantasy  
Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 Light Touch Paper - Stand Clear
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'Matchless prose to fire your imagination! Offering 13 wonderous works of fiction from Joanne Anderton, Adam Browne, Sue Bursztynski, Brenda Cooper, Katherine Cummings, Thoraiya Dyer, Kathleen Jennings, Dave Luckett, Ian McHugh, Sean McMullen, Ripley Patton, Rob Porteous and Anna Tambour' (publisher's blurb).


  • Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear was shortlisted for a 2013 Ditmar award in the Best Collected Work category. Also shortlisted at the same awards were Joanne Anderton’s ‘The Bone Chime Song’ (Best Short Story) and the anthology’s cover art by Les Petersen (Best Artwork).

    Sue Bursztynski’s ‘Five Ways to Start a War’ and Adam Browne’s ‘The D____d’ were each shortlisted for a Chronos award in the Best Short Fiction category.

  • Contents indexed selectively. This collection also includes the work of international authors Ripley Patton and Brenda Cooper.


* Contents derived from the Maroubra, Randwick area, Sydney Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,:Peggy Bright Books , 2012 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Bone Chime Song, Joanne Anderton , single work short story fantasy horror

'Zvonimir creates wind chimes that can summon the shadowy spirit of whatever they are made of. His old friend, war hero, and city Watchman, Casimir arrives at his door with the body of a murder victim, and asks him to build a wind chime from their bones. The city Necromancers have been unable to raise the victim’s spirit, and plagued by his own demons and doubts, Casimir turns again to his oldest friend — as he always does in his times of need. But Zvonimir can not foresee the song the bone chime will sing, or the impact it will have on both of them' (Joanne Anderton: Blog, Publications, Miscellany).

(p. 3-20)
Five Ways to Start a War, Sue Bursztynski , single work short story fantasy humour

'A humorous take on the origins of the Trojan War, Five Ways to Start a War tells the story from the differing perspectives of five key figures. The stories interweave to paint a colourful picture of meddling deities, confused mortals, conniving kings, and a bed-hopping prince terrified of losing his royal member to divine vengeance. Helen attempts to avoid the inevitable catastrophe, yet finds that vain goddesses don’t often accept no for an answer' (Michael Goldsmith, Vilutheril).

(p. 21-36)
History : Theory and Practice, Dave Luckett , single work short story

An amusing story set in the Dark Ages. The protagonist is more than meets the eye.

(p. 37-48)
The D____d, Adam Browne , single work short story horror

Tells the tale of Victorian colonialists attempting to terraform hell.

(p. 49-64)
The Travelling Salesman and the Farmer’s Daughter, Katherine Cummings , single work short story (p. 65-84)
Faet's Fire, Thoraiya Dyer , single work short story (p. 85-96)
Murder at the Tip, Anna Tambour , single work short story horror

'A story 'about the horrors that could ensue were the irritating machines in our lives sentient and granted personhood' (Tsana Dolichva, Tansa's Reads and Reviews).

(p. 97-106)
The Subjunctive Case, Robert Porteous , single work novella (p. 107-150)
The Godbreaker and Unggubudh the Mountain, Ian McHugh , single work short story fantasy

A story of power struggles between fantasy creatures and mountain gods.

(p. 183-210)
Hard Cases, Sean McMullen , single work short story

A story about a group of people taking a hard stand against the kind of people who refuse to believe in global warming.

(p. 211-220)
Kindling, Kathleen Jennings , single work short story fantasy

A story about paths crossing and diverging. A barmaid at Ye Olde Owle cafe and bar has a knack for bringing people together.

(p. 221-230)

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