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“A worrying look inside my mind.” -Christopher
Failure to Communicate
We can’t even communicate with dolphins, an intelligent mammal from our own planet. How on earth (or off it) could we talk to alien life?
With an asteroid hurtling towards their planet, a ship is sent to evacuate their colony … It wasn’t just the dinosaurs that suffered.
The Locker Room
I spent a month working in the belly of a factory trawler, elbow deep in fish guts. I told the guys on my shift they were going to be characters in a story, a combat platoon on a space ship. Names have not been changed to protect the innocent, because, well, they aren’t
Space can be a lonely place. Distances are measured in months, not miles. In the early days of NASA, they thought the vast emptiness and solitude would be too much for the human mind to handle. Maybe they were right …
From the MisStep Universe: The Originals
They thought they had found a planet for free, but what happened to those that were there before? Catching up with their generation ship, we finally find out …
Previously published (but also included in anthology):
From the MisStep Universe:
Stepping Out: The Personal Log of Captain Elizabeth Sheridan
About the anthology: Revolutions will be the third annual anthology by ASF. The group was formed to give Australian speculative writers a place to come to for advice, ideas, joint marketing, and so much more. Our first two anthologies—Beginnings and Journeys—were released November 2018 & November 2019, and Revolutions will continue this trend with a November 2020 release.
Stepping Out: After almost two decades of searching in vain for a planet ‘B’ to save a dying Earth, one by one the crew of the exploratory ship, Fortitude, take the decision to ‘step out’ on their return home, a form of suicide by stepping out the airlock into the vacuum of space. The personal log of the captain, referred to by some as a long suicide note, acts as a wake up call to Earth, a catalyst in the social revolution that future generations would remember as the Great Clean Up, the collective decision to save the only home humanity has.
The Ethnographer’s Gift
Described as odd but horrific, an alien ethnographer collects death moments for his study. One autumn morning he starts to show Chloe … Published in Breach #10
From The Ethnographer’s Gift:
“Why are you showing me this?” Chloe asked. She was visibly upset by what she saw. She crossed her arms as if to give herself a reassuring hug.
“This is one of my favourites,” she was answered. “Did you see the look on the girls’ faces?”
“Yes, I did,” Chloe said coldly. She didn’t like what she watched. It worried and frightened her.
But her companion went on, sounding more excited. “They really loved each other very much. They were just like any family. They just got lost in the heat and the boredom.”
“They’re really dead now?” Chloe asked.
Journey to the Stars
A man’s dream of meeting the lights he has seen in the sky, of journeying with them, turns to nightmare when he finally gets what he wants …
Included in the anthology: Kaituhi Rawhiti: A Celebration of East Coast Writers
E-book available HERE
“It’s like hanging out with a group of Coasties enjoying a barbecue at the beach. We’ve just had a feed from the grill of sausages and kai moana, cooked to perfection by the four editors, Aaron Compton, Christopher McMaster, Gillian Moon and Claire Price, our glasses have been filled with either beer or wine (well, for the adults), and now it’s time to break out the guitar and sing some songs. These contributors each sing a mean waiata.“
Praise for Journey to the Stars (from the introduction by Witi Ihimaera): “I want to take my hat off to Mr McMaster. One of the wonderful aspects of reading new work is that you come across someone you’ve never read before … His story, Journey to the Stars has me very glad he is a Gisborne writer.”
—Witi Ihimaera (from the Introduction)