13 Great Australian Speculative Fiction Releases of 2018

2018 was a great year for Australian Speculative Fiction.

So with 2019 upon us, let’s look back on the past year and check out some excellent books that were released by Aussie authors.

You will find a touch of fantasy, a dash of horror and a pinch of science fiction. How many have you read?

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Beneath the Surface by Rebecca Langham

Released: January 2018

When a change in collective conscious sends the Outsiders, a group of aliens, to the shadows below the city, humans reason that the demonization of their peers is simply more “humane.” 

Read our review of Beneath the Surface or view the listing on Amazon.


Devouring Dark by Alan Baxter

Released: November 2018

A genre-smashing supernatural thriller that masterfully blends elements of crime and horror in an adrenaline-fueled, life-or-death rollercoaster ride that’s emblematic of the fiction from award-winning author Alan Baxter.

Read our review of Devouring Dark or view the listing on Amazon.


Eve of Eridu by Alanah Andrews

Released: August 2018

In a world where emotions are forbidden, what happens when you start to feel? Gripping and intriguing, Eve of Eridu explores the lengths that humans will go to in their quest for survival.

Read our review of Eve of Eridu or view the listing on Amazon.


Icefall by Stephanie Gunn

Released: October 2018

The Mountain on the planet of Icefall holds the mystery to a lost colony and an irresistible, fatal allure to the climbers of the universe. Maggie is determined to be the first to make the summit. But no one ever returns from the Mountain.

Read our review of Icefall or view the listing on Amazon.


Iron by Aiki Flinthart

Released: October 2018

Kalima, an Earth-colony world with little iron ore and no fossil fuels, is entrenched in a peaceful feudal society. With its skillful world building, engaging characters and fast-paced story, IRON will delight lovers of epic fantasy.

Read our review of Iron or view the listing on Amazon.


Plato Crater by Carleton Chinner

Released: September 2018

Yesha Chen, Empress of the Moon, thought it was hard to lead a rebellion. Now she must subdue one, but her stolen battle droids have other ideas. To survive, she will need to choose between the man she loves and the woman she must become before it is too late.

Read our review of Plato Crater or view the listing on Amazon.


Rebellion by Mikhaelya Kopievsky

Released: July 2018

In the anticipated sequel to Mikhaeyla Kopievsky’s award-winning debut, Resistance, Anaiya 234 finds herself abandoned and reviled by both the Fire and Air Elements.

Read our review of the first book in the Divided Elements series, Resistance, or view the listing on Amazon.


Social Media Central by Kevin Klehr

Released: April 2018

In an age where everyone lives their lives through a screen, no one has more celebrity status than fashion blogger, Madeline Q. In a chance meeting, Tayler, loner and geek, is introduced to her world of parties, fan worship, and seduction.

Read our review of Social Media Central or view the listing on Amazon.


What the Woods Keep by Katya De Becerra

Released: September 2018

On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home—on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets. What the Woods Keep is the stunning debut of Katya de Becerra, who combines mystery, science fiction, and dark fantasy in a twisty story that will keep you mesmerized right up to the final page.

Read our review of What the Woods Keep or view the listing on Amazon.


Beginnings: Australian Speculative Fiction Anthology Vol. 1

Released: November 2018

Esmerelda is trapped in a nightmare, unable to wake and escape from the darkness. A simple bus trip turns into a fight for survival. A thrilling collection of speculative tales by 16 Australian authors.

Find out more about Beginnings here or view the listing on Amazon.


The Second Cure by Margaret Morgan

Released: July 2018

A pandemic is racing through our world, changing people subtly but irrevocably. Dark, thrilling and compulsively readable, The Second Cure is a provocative debut about control, courage and belief.

Read our review of The Second Cure or view the listing on Amazon.


Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse by Natasja Rose

Released: December 2018

No-one ever thought that the Zombie Apocalypse would actually happen. Sydney-based author, Natasja Rose’s novelette, ‘Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse’ is currently the #1 new release on Amazon for dark humour.

View Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse on Amazon.


Utopia Pending: A Speculative Fiction Collection

Released: December 2018

Forget global warming, nuclear proliferation and mass starvation. Forget the doomsayers. The future is (almost) here – and it’s just great!

View this anthology, which includes many stories by Australian writers on Amazon.


Did we miss any? Let us know – what was your great Aussie read of 2018?

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