Mother of the Trenches
Unnatural Order, CSFG Publishing (Dec 2020)
2700 words. A quirky, tentacled, symbiotic, fantasy tale about power, knowing yourself, ocean pollution, and deep, dark places.
You turn your little eyes to me, taking in my massive shapelessness, the dark patterns shifting over my skin, and my many arms, coiled around us like a nest—protecting, tasting, thinking. Your gaze flicks upwards and crosses paths with mine.
Your fear turns into disgust.
Of Hunger and Fury
Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, Omnium Gatherum (Sep 2020)
3600 words. A Malaysian Chinese gothic horror story. When Fen Fang returns to her family home in Malaysia, long-forgotten ghosts begin to creep into her skin.
When I see my mother standing in the front yard, two decades disappear in a blink. I can hardly bear to look at the faded white walls, the creeping lattice of vines like bloated veins. She pulls the metal gate open. Her bare wrists look strangely vulnerable. My husband bounds over to her, grasps her hand in both of his, leans in to peck her cheek.
Andromeda Spaceways Magazine (Issue #79, Jun 2020)
5000 words. A far future science fiction story about inequality and powerlessness. A solitary, empathetic ethnographer travels to a far-flung planet and gradually discovers hidden ruptures in the alien society.
I step down from the Linnaeus into a crimson haze creased with shadows. The wind howls like a banshee symphony. At once, I understand why the Vullon have no hearing organs: the noise of this alien planet inspires madness.
Aurealis (Issue 129, Apr 2020)
2500 words. A short story touching on themes of brain connectome mapping, illness, immigration, and the things that parents pass on to their children.
He removes his shoes and places them neatly next to his father’s black sneakers.
His father’s voice floats from the kitchen. ‘Henry. How’s work?’
‘Fine, Ba. I’ve taken a few days off.’
‘Just to help me clean? Are you sure that’s a good idea?’
Shortlisted for 2020 Aurealis Awards Best Science Fiction Novella
13,000 words. A science fiction novelette set in twenty-second century Hong Kong, about gene splicing, mothers, attachment, and identity.
I think I’m reasonably lucky, only having five parents. I guess my donors didn’t have too many risk mutations. Some of my classmates have been spliced together from eight, nine, even twelve donors. I don’t envy them the task of juggling their Chinese New Year dinners.
The Misplaced Giant
AntipodeanSF (Issue 255, Dec 2019)
1000 words. A light-hearted flash fiction piece about Big Ted, who never fit in.
Verge: Uncanny (Monash University Publishing, Jun 2019)
Reprinted in Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, Omnium Gatherum (Sep 2020)
Shortlisted for 2019 Aurealis Awards Best Horror Short Story and 2020 Norma K Hemming Award
3000 words. A psychological horror story that explores the intersection between power and madness. Something is wrong with Emma’s husband, and she’s determined to figure it out.
I move my hand, close the three inches, press our pinkies together. His skin is as cold as dead meat. James moves his hand away, unconsciously, still talking.
3200 words. A post-colonial far future sci-fi story. When Orin’s ship crash-lands on a forgotten planet, she has a chance encounter that could change the fate of an entire people.
Ula raised a slender finger towards my nose. “You are what?”
“That’s a big question. I’m a human. Mostly female, five per cent artificial. Born on Earth, believe it or not. Dad was an elitist. I’m a Beaconer.”
My near-future science fiction novel, Every Version of You, uses virtual reality and mind-uploading to explore themes of identity, love, migration, illness, change, loss, and cultural grief. It’s due for release in early 2022 with Affirm Press.
PRIZES & AWARDS
Norma K Hemming Award 2020: Shortlisted for The Mark
Aurealis Awards 2019 Best Horror Short Story: Shortlisted for The Mark
Writers Victoria 30th Anniversary Flash Fiction Challenge: April 4th and Overall Winner
Seizure’s Viva la Novella VII: Shortlisted for my novella, The Ship of Theseus.