Purchasing books

You can purchase these books using the Paypal “Add to Cart” buttons under the cover photos, or direct from the publisher via bank deposit or cheque (send your order and preferred payment method by E-mailing us here). Paperback price includes free postage within Australia.

All prices quoted on the Peggy Bright Books website are in Australian dollars.

Peggy Bright Books is only open to submissions by invitation at this stage.

When buying from our website, please note that it may take several days for your payment to clear, and that e-books are sent as an attachment by email to purchasers. Should you prefer instant reading gratification, all our titles are also available (in epub and mobi formats) through Wizard’s Tower Books, and (in mobi format) through the Kindle Store on Amazon.

If you live outside Australia, and you want physical copies of books mailed to you, please contact us (editor@peggybrightbooks.com) with your address so we can calculate extra postage costs. Thank you.

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***New*** Difficult Second Album

Difficult Second Album: more stories of Xenobiology, Space Elevators, and Bats Out Of Hell is a collection of speculative fiction, ranging from the deadly serious to the frankly frivolous, from the unusual mind of Simon Petrie.

Difficult Second Album includes several previously-released favourites, a healthy selection of new stories including a new Gordon Mamon space-elevator murder mystery novella, and the notorious ‘Suckers for Love’.

Review
“I came to a realisation while I was reading this book: Simon Petrie is my favourite (and hence best) living science fiction short story writer. Those stories which are science fiction (not quite all of them) deftly weave accurate science into their tapestries. Of course accurate science shouldn’t come as a surprise from someone whose day job is computational quantum chemistry, but I still found it enjoyable enough as to be notable. (And let’s face it, how much scientific accuracy is there in the combined science fictional oeuvre? Not enough.)” — Tsana Dolichiva. Full review here.

Paperback: $21.95 (includes postage in Australia). Ebook, available in ePub, Mobi, or PDF: $4.99.

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And now for something a bit different!

This post includes a video recorded at the Book Expo Aus, with an excerpt from the short story “The Godbreaker and Unggubudh the Mountain” written and read by Ian McHugh. Published in Light Touch paper, Stand Clear available in paper and e-book formats here.

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Use Only As Directed

Cover of Use Only As DirectedUse Only As Directed

A varied mix of 14 speculative fiction stories by some of the best Australian and New Zealand authors in the genre in settings that range from the back yard to the depths of space.

Edited by Simon Petrie and Edwina Harvey

Cover art by Lewis P. Morley

Authors: Stephen Dedman, Dirk Flinthart, Dave Freer, Michelle Goldsmith, Alex Isle, Lyn McConchie, Claire McKenna, Charlotte Nash, Ian Nichols, Leife Shallcross, Grant Stone, Douglas A Van Belle, Janeen Webb, M Darusha Wehm. 216 pages.

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The Back of the Back of Beyond ***FREE*** Sampler

Cover of The Back of the Back of BeyondThis ebook is a sample of Edwina Harvey‘s collection of short stories set in a rural Australian landscape you never knew existed. Shortlisted for the Best Collected Works category of the 2014 Ditmar Awards (for works published in 2013).

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To purchase the full book, in either eBook or paperback form, see this page.

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Needs More Dinosaurs ***FREE*** Sampler

Cover of Needs More DinosaursThis ebook is a sample of Sir Julius Vogel Award-winning author Simon Petrie‘s hard SF, fantasy and humorous SF/fantasy writing. His first collected work, Rare Unsigned Copy, Tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude and Giant Mutant Vegetables, his humorous SF novella, The Gordon Mamon Casebook, and his serious SF novella, Flight 404, can all be purchased through Peggy Bright Books.

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The Back of the Back of Beyond

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Come and join the Party!

Through her short stories “No Pets Allowed”, “Get Me to The Worldcon on Time”, “My Sweet 286” and “Party”, Edwina Harvey introduced her readers to a world where flatmates discover the difficulties of raising young dragons in small suburban apartments, where “flying” to a science fiction convention takes on a whole new meaning, and where “the next door neighbours” on an Australian rural backblock are out of this world, but the parties are legendary.

Now collected here for the first time, these stories are interwoven with seven new tales set in the same universe.

Come and be introduced to a rural Australian landscape you never knew existed somewhere out in the back of the back of beyond.

Review: Bookonaut

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Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear ***FREE*** Sampler

Want to see what all the fuss is about for our Ditmar nominated anthology, Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear? Download our free sampler for a taste of all the great stories this anthology contains.

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CONGRATULATIONS to Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear author, Sean McMullen, whose story, Hard Cases, has been turned into a film.

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Flight 404 / The Hunt for Red Leicester

Cover of Flight 404Flight 404: The search for the missing passenger vessel, the Bougainvillaea, brings inverstigator Charmain Mertz back to the conservative world of her boyhood.

The Hunt for Red Leicester: Space elevator employee and reluctant detective Gordon Mamon must solve a cheesemaker’s murder.

Review:
Flight 404 is a serious and compelling tale … I was captive to the mystery and the story right until the end. More in this vein Mr Petrie please.”
“I loved [The Hunt for Red Leicester]. A perfect counterbalance to the heavier tale told in Flight 404.”
—Sean Wright, ‘Sean the Bookonaut’ website

Available as back-to-back novellas in one paperback (ISBN 9780980699838), $12.95 RRP including free postage in Australia.*

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In electronic format (pdf, epub, mobi), Flight 404 is offered standalone (ISBN 9780980699845, $2.50 RRP), while The Hunt for Red Leicester is featured in The Gordon Mamon Casebook (ISBN 9780980699852, $2.50 RRP).

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Flight 404 Ebook $2.50

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The Gordon Mamon Casebook Ebook $2.50

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Light Touch Paper – Stand Clear

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Light Touch Paper – Stand Clear
Matchless prose to fire your imagination! Offering 13 wonderous works of fiction from Joanne Anderton, Adam Browne, Sue Bursztynski, Brenda Cooper, Katherine Cummings, Thoraiya Dyer, Kathleen Jennings, Dave Luckett, Ian McHugh, Sean McMullen, Ripley Patton, Rob Porteous and Anna Tambour.

Print version: $24.95 (includes free postage in Australia)

e-book (epub, mobi and PDF) $4.95
(Review e-copies available on request)

Reviews
“In all, Light Touch Paper Stand Clear definitely has a good strike rate of stories … This collection is a fine example of what a very loosely themed anthology can look like. Recommended.”
— Tehani Wessely, ASIF website.

“A diverse collection with something for everyone means that it may not be seen as outstanding by any particular readership. My impression is that it holds its own … it is a collection you could revisit and find joy in, depending on changing mood or taste. There’s not a piece that I think is padding in other words.”
—Sean Wright, ‘Sean the Bookonaut’ website

“… this baker’s dozen has got plenty of substance to its dough and the stories are all readily digestible.”
—Rod MacDonald, ‘SF Crowsnest’ website

“An eclectic collection containing stories from a variety of Australian and international authors, Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear is an engaging body of work that contains a number of excellent stories, quite a few memorable ones, and should have something to suit almost anyone.”
—Michelle Goldsmith, ‘Vilutheril Reviews’ website

“If anybody you know gets going about the dearth of quality Australian spec-fic being published at home, you needn’t counter with words; just point them toward this smashing collection of shorts … Read this. That is all.”
—Lachlan Huddy, ‘Aurealis XPress’ newsletter

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Rare Unsigned Copy: Tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude, and Giant Mutant Vegetables

Rare Unsigned Copy: Tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude, and Giant Mutant Vegetables is a collection of short (and mostly warped) SF and fantasy stories from Simon Petrie, including several previously-unpublished gems. Touching on such important, diverse, and hitherto-ignored topics as the sex life of mythical reptiles, the anachronistic hazardousness of the humble ham sandwich, and the application of radiation-induced gigantism to market gardening, Petrie’s work is a direct challenge to the dictum that truth is stranger than fiction.

If you’ve ever wondered about what to do about that inexplicable triceratops in your backyard, about what happened next in that classic match-up between Hare and Tortoise, or about the absolute very worst thing you can have happen to you while you’re ransacking that idyllic alien planet, then you need to read Rare Unsigned Copy.

It’s not all off-planet, off-the-wall, or off-colour. Some of the stories in Rare Unsigned Copy are speculation pure and simple, played with a straight bat. But for the most part, the stories dwell on life’s unexpected absurdities, like dealing with that artificial intelligence that either wants you, or wants you off its ship, or wants to hold onto that last unique item in its carefully-organised inventory. Even if said item might well be a life-saver.

Review: Tsana’s Reads and Reviews

Still not convinced? Try a snippet: Click here to read an excerpt.

Rare Unsigned Copy. Paperback: 260 pages; $26.95 (postage extra). Ebook available in ePub, Mobi, or PDF; $2.95.

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The Whale’s Tale

The Whale’s Tale is an exciting new young adult science fiction novel by Edwina Harvey. In a future where whales and dolphins can communicate with humans, and where the Whale Nation has brought space travel back from the brink of extinction, humpback whales tour the galaxy in massive spaceships called “The Whaling Fleet” performing Whalesong to receptive audiences. Uki is a teenage Japanese girl who steals a file from a whale to impress a guy in her gang, but she gets caught, and has to perform restitution to Targe, the humpback whale she’s stolen the file from, by touring the galaxy with Targe and his dolphin sidekick, Charlie. Uki doesn’t like Targe, Targe doesn’t like Uki, and Charlie thinks he’s in for the worst tour of his life until they discover Uki has a special talent.

“Wow! What a whale of a tale!” – Sheila Tracy

For a review of the book by June Young in New Zealand, go here.

For a review of the book by Jonathan Dean, go here.

Released November, 2009. ISBN: 9780980699807

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Click here to read a free sample from The Whale’s Tale.

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