Monsters in the Garden: An Anthology of Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy

Author(s): Elizabeth Knox & David Larsen (Eds)

NZ Adult Fiction | Short Stories/Plays

Too stuffy inside? All those familiar social realist furnishings, all those comfortable literary tropes. Perhaps a stroll out under the trees, where things are breezier, stranger, more liable to break the rules. You may meet monsters out there, true. But that's the point.


Casting its net widely, this anthology of Aotearoa-New Zealand science fiction and fantasy ranges from the satirical novels of the 19th-century utopians one of which includes the first description of atmospheric aerobreaking in world literature to the bleeding edge of now. Spaceships and worried sheep. Dragons and AI. The shopping mall that swallowed the Earth. The deviant, the fishy and the rum, all bioengineered for your reading pleasure.


Featuring stories by some of the country's best known writers as well as work from exciting new talent, Monsters in the Garden invites you for a walk on the wild side. We promise you'll get back safely. Unchanged? Well, that's another question.


David Larsen is a Wellington-based writer and editor with a long-time love for science fiction, fantasy, and most adjacent genres or genre-like categories.


Elizabeth Knox is the author of thirteen novels, three novellas, and a collection of essays. Her latest book is The Absolute Book.

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David Larsen is a Wellington-based writer and editor with a long-time love for science fiction, fantasy, and most adjacent genres or genre-like categories. Elizabeth Knox is the author of thirteen novels, three novellas, and a collection of essays. Her latest book is The Absolute Book. cover by Rodney Smith

Contents Elizabeth Knox, Introduction 1 David Larsen, Introduction 2: Counting Worlds Godfrey Sweven, Riallaro (two chapters) Anon, Aerobraking sequence from The Great Romance Janet Frame, Two Sheep Margaret Mahy, Misrule in Diamond Maurice Gee, The Halfmen of O (chapters 1 and 2 )       Patricia Grace, The Parson Who Thought She or He Was A Bishop Owen Marshall, Immortality Phillip Mann, The Gospel According To Mickey Mouse Witi Ihimaera, The Last White Rhinoceros Keri Hulme, Kaibatsu-San Juliet Marillier, By Bonelight Elizabeth Knox, Unobtainium Dylan Horrocks, The Paresach’s Tulips Bernard Beckett, The Armillary Craig Gamble, The Rule of Twelfths Danyl Mclauchlan, The Everywhere Store Pip Adam, A Problem Kirsten McDougall, A Visitation Tina Makereti, The Children Lawrence Patchett, The Tenth Meet Octavia Cade, The Stone Wētā Rachael Craw, The Dreamer and the Nightingale Karen Healey, Where We Walk, We Walk On Bones Jack Barrowman, The Sharkskin Emma Martin, In the Forest with Ludmila Samantha Lane Murphy,  Analogue Jack Larsen, Hearth-Ash Child Tamsyn Muir, Union

General Fields

  • : 9781776563104
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : November 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Elizabeth Knox & David Larsen (Eds)
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