The Cretaceous border

Kelso, Sylvia (2008) The Cretaceous border. In: Carton, Adicus Ryan, and Worley, Brian, (eds.) Neverlands and Otherwheres. Susurrus Press, Huntington, WV, USA, pp. 24-39.

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Abstract

[Extract] You might think that a lot of strange things turn up in my backyard, if you didn't actually live in Ibisville. For the tropics, though, the yard itself is pretty ordinary: picket fence, big hibiscus shrubs, golden cane and fan palms, banks of military ferns, shade-houses at the back and sides. Spreading over it all, the quandong and fiddlewood and African mahogany trees.

But an ibis comes, of course, one or several, I can never tell, though he or she's there every year, as soon as it gets dry: striding and jabbing wherever the hoses ran. There are honey-eaters, too, three or four sorts, and once a Wompoo pigeon, orange and green and sumptuous purple bosom, a bulky vision in the quandong tree. And a few times, a black-and-yellow treesnake, getting a bit too close to the windows, in pursuit of poorly cached green frogs.

Research Statement

Research Background "The Cretaceous Border" was written as a deliberate experiment in using a North Queensland environment for science fiction, whose audience is largely not Australian. It was published in Neverlands and Otherwheres, an anthology on exotic Otherwheres.
Research Contribution The creative practices applied in the work supplied the basis for a paper at the first Tropics of the Imagination conference in Cairns (2009), which was subsequently published in etropic (http://www.jcu.edu.au/etropic) 2010.
Research Significance The story supplies a published example of creative practices available to North Queensland authors wishing to work as regional writers but for a non-regional genre.
Item ID: 36956
Item Type: Book Chapter (Creative Work)
Keywords: fantasy, science fiction, adventure, australian author, north queensland author
ISBN: 978-0-9820898-0-4
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2015 01:30
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature @ 100%
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