Extract: Illustria’s Crab

Illustria was working hard at looking bored while she reclined on the white lounge in the living room she shared with Charles Drexus. Her hotpants were bright pink. The crocheted bikini top was violet. She had discarded her platform heels and sunhat on the orange carpet, hoping to look as though she was returning home... Continue Reading →

Emoto’s Promise out now!

Scientists said that it would take 5000 years for Earth’s oceans to rise. They were wrong.  Living in a walled city in an endless ocean, the last humans have become dangerously enslaved by a virtual world called the BigDry. Wall Manager Macie is an ‘incompatible’, unable to assimilate due to a disability. When the city... Continue Reading →

Flash scifi – Infinite Monkeys by Aiki Flinthart

Aussie author Aiki Flinthart is a powerhouse of creativity - scifi, fantasy, writing advice - she does it all. Take a look at this cool little literary flash then click through to read her full works. Infinite Monkeys Something plucks at the edges of omniscience: an idea that won’t be banished, burrowing through space-time. The... Continue Reading →

Flash scifi – The Call by Jason H Abbott

Jason H Abbott is an extraordinarily talented author, who first came to my attention on the socials a few years ago. His stories are hauntingly original and at times just a little bit creepy - in a good way! I am proud to feature Jason as my inaugural author of the month. Here is a... Continue Reading →

New Twisted Aussie Anthology

I'm thrilled to have a short story in the new AQUARIUS anthology from Aussie Speculative Fiction launching today! Lost on a glacier and close to death, Andrea finds an unexpected ally. A research facility on one of Saturn’s moons holds a disturbing mystery. Fídi longs to escape her aunties’ island, but they sink any ship... Continue Reading →

Wonderful readers!

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who has reviewed my new dystopian novel Letters from the Light. Good reviews are vital for new authors as it gets the word out and gives readers the confidence to try something new. I'm blown away by the GoodReads reviews; Intelligent, complex, entertaining and surprising, this book is one of... Continue Reading →

Are we already living in a Dystopia?

Refugee crises, bushfires, cybercrime, climate change … what place does dystopian fiction have in a world that many consider already dystopian? Take a look at my article for Book Lover Book Reviews and let me know if you agree. You might even pick up a free book! https://bookloverbookreviews.com/2020/01/letters-from-the-light-author-shel-calopa-dystopia-now.html

Fiction: The end of Lower Broome

AGGY WILCOCKS SURFACED, gasping and coughing. The surging flood had taken her by surprise, separating her from her family, pushing her right through town and slamming her against the tin veranda of the transit station. Winded, she sucked desperately for air before diving down into the murky water in a frantic search for Uncle or... Continue Reading →

Beyond Mad Max

Growing up in Australia in the eighties Mad Max was everywhere but most of my science fiction came from offshore. While my neighbours spent long hot Januarys sunbaking or hooning around on Malvern Star bikes, I spent my holidays holed up inside with American chums like Philip K Dick, Asimov and Tepper. British author Peter... Continue Reading →

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