Baggage is a new collection of Australian speculative fiction to be launched in conjunction with the WorldCon in Melbourne at the start of next month. It’s edited by author, scholar and CSFG colleague and friend Gillian Polack and published by Eneit Press. The theme is a very powerful interest of Gillian’s: baggage, the beliefs, the reactions, the attitudes our lives and surroundings load us up with, that we so often don’t even realise we’re carrying.
As part of the Baggage blog tour, I’ve been lucky enough to get one of the stories to read in advance: “Hive of Glass”, by another fellow Canberran and friend Kaaron Warren. Kaaron’s the author of Slights and Walking the Tree for Angry Robot, as well as a great wealth of short stories which have been collected in The Grinding House, The Glass Woman and the upcoming Dead Sea Fruit. I’ll be talking with Kaaron in the next post, but for now let’s take a look at the story.