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Easy Way Out by Steven Amsterdam

…d Simon when in bed together — engaging the reader on many levels at once. Amsterdam’s experience as a palliative care nurse provides a rare deep-seated realism to this speculative fiction literature drama. I studied grief management as an undergraduate and post-graduate, interned as a grief counselor in a palliative care unit, counseled people in related situations and have been in a palliative care ward as a family member of a terminally ill can…

What The Family Needed by Steven Amsterdam

A review by Nalini Haynes Giordana is upset and angry: she was given a few minutes to pack her bags because her parents were breaking up, followed by a 3-hour car trip to stay with extended family for a few weeks. Cousin Alek is a bit of a space cadet: he comes across like a primary school kid yet he’s a teenager. Alek asks Giordana what superpower she’d like. She chooses invisibility while her brother Ben chooses flying. Then Giordana turns invi…

Dark Matter Zine’s best of 2016

…gn Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke — available in print or audiobook versions. I love and adore the audiobook, read by Clarke herself. It doesn’t include all the poetry of the written version but does include several short stories, all of which are amazing. Easy Way Out by Steven Amsterdam — a gay romance with family and work-related issues revolving around euthanasia. Unique and unmissable. Down Under (2016) — a black comedy about racism in Australi…

Meg Mundell

…technology and perhaps more open to more strange and fantastical stories. Steven Amsterdam’s book Things we didn’t see coming won Age book of the year in 2009 – that was adult dystopian fiction, but I think it’s now on the secondary school reading lists, part of the syllabus. Meg Rosoff’s How We Live Now is dystopian fiction aimed at a young adult market. But just because something is marketed as young adult doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it if you…

Daughter Of Bad Times by Rohan Wilson

…profit margins. The Wrap Daughter Of Bad Times is part Max Barry and part Steven Amsterdam. Wilson’s novel is an icon of Australian literature, political commentary and dystopian foreshadowing worthy of George Orwell. I am in awe. I have interviewed Wilson and that interview will be released as video and podcast once DMZ’s audiovisual editor has worked his magic. Book details Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ISBN: 9781760529130 Publisher: Allen & Unwin P…