Fictions of the Future
Longlisted, Australian Book Design Award – Best Designed Literary Fiction Cover, 2021
‘Harmonious but discordant, language stretched and challenged: each story a container for separate heartbreaks and epiphanies.’ Jamie Marina Lau
‘LIMINAL beautifully and deftly showcases players in the Australian arts scene that are so often overlooked, but arguably constitute its beating heart. What a goddamn joy they’re now doing the same for fiction.’ Benjamin Law
Experimental, genre-bending, lucid stories of the future from the inaugural LIMINAL Fiction Prize longlist.
What does the future hold? A tense dinner party is held amid an impending climate catastrophe. A father leases his backyard out to a cemetery. Activists plan an attack on ASIO drones in a shock-jock run government. A voyeur finds herself caught in time. Featuring both emerging and established writers of colour, this collection showcases some of the best work that Australian literature has to offer.
These stories are sites for collisions: against eurocentric ideals, against narrow concepts of excellence, against stagnant ideas of the world to come. But collisions also manifest in the way our lives come into contact with others, how our pasts shift against the present, and how our imaginations sit against our realities.
Collisions is necessary reading for the future of fiction, and the future of our shared world.
BRYANT APOLONIO, KASUMI BORCZYK, CLAIRE CAO, CLAIRE G. COLEMAN, ELIZABETH FLUX, JASON GRAY, EDA GÜNAYDΙN, NAIMA IBRAHIM, CB MAKO, SUMUDU SAMARAWICKRAMA, MYKAELA SAUNDERS, BOBUQ SAYED, VICTOR CHRISNAA SENTHINATHAN, MISBAH WOLF, HANNAH WU, JESSICA ZHAN MEI YU
‘This is something of a first: voices from the other side of the racial imaginary coming to life with surprising insight, authenticity and innovation.’ Brian Castro
‘It excites me to read genre work that still speaks to the anxieties and pain of the subject position – whether that be first nations, diaspora, queer or gender diverse. The content in this publication represents a step forward for minority writing in the Australian literary landscape.’ Peter Polites
“This is an anthology brimming with intention and self-awareness, one in conversation with the Australian literary landscape in what it includes as much as in what it excludes”
“Almost every writer in this anthology deserves their own book. And almost every reader in this country needs to acquaint themselves with their words.”
“Collisions is full of humour, pathos, anger, warmth, and compassion. Above all, it is full of outstanding writing.”
“a complex and enriching contribution to the canon of contemporary Australian literature”
“This astute collection of stories expands and enriches the canon of important Australian voices.”
“a brilliant collection of short stories, giving flesh to various futures.”