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fiction September 18, 2021

About this object

Paintbox, belonging to Isaac Smith, who carried it on the voyage of the Endeavour (1768-1771) and the later voyages of the Resolution (1772-1775 and 1776-1779). Smith was the midshipman cousin of the wife of the captain, the famous Captain Cook...

fiction September 11, 2021

Local giant

The Ashtown Giant will commit to devouring children at a reduced rate after protracted negotiations with local government ended in a surprise agreement at Ashtown Town Hall Thursday. After calls from community organisers to close his operation, the...

fiction September 4, 2021

Limbs

Once I could remember my own name, but now I can’t. It wasn’t always thus. And not just with this. Things didn’t always happen in the way they now do, in this order, from these causes, with such consequences. They happened differently, were caused...

fiction August 28, 2021

Brisbane

The river there is like a blindfold. It is a child’s game that spins you around and around and then asks you to find your way without stumbling. You can see across it plain enough and you can see the edge of the west end. You know it’s just across...

fiction August 21, 2021

The wind is trying to kill us

The wind is trying to kill us. Here in the loose forest that has been shaken and then shaken again, so that trees and bushes and rocks have fallen down the back of the slope’s couch and vanished; perhaps blown by that wind, or perhaps the ridge...

fiction August 14, 2021

One-out

It takes him a minute or so to get oriented, once the screen opens up. His hands are shaking like he’s done something wrong. The waiting round for this and finally getting brought here into the AVL room has distracted him from what it was actually...

fiction August 7, 2021

Game theory

Muttering The next day Aisha wakes horrified and wonders if she really said what she said. She puts it down to tiredness. It had been a difficult training session and the microphone had been pushed in her face and she said exactly what was on her...

fiction July 31, 2021

Horoeka

Someone has planted a native forest in a paddock. One day they’ll be tall trees, but right now they stand around, the height of people. They look like they’re ignoring one another at an awkward gathering. A juvenile tree looks different from an...

fiction July 17, 2021

To do

- Call oncologist re: rescheduling appointments treatment options, WA extra prescription to tide me over - RSVP Bob’s memorial? Or wait until after? - Call Louisa?? Pros - avoid going for nothing - she knows our history - Sylvia may have spoken to...

fiction July 10, 2021

Pigeon

Sal and I were sitting in the usual place when a man came by dressed as a pigeon. Not as a bird, mind; just exactly as a pigeon would be dressed if it were human. Grey suit, white shirt, shiny red-brown shoes. Grey top hat, white cravat. “Would you...

fiction July 3, 2021

Pass/fail

Your mother seems to have aged 20 years in 10 days. The skin on her face is shrunken and her eyes are a little wild, glittery with medication and terror. “This is my daughter,” she tells the nurse who is taking her blood pressure when you arrive,...