Exploring Genre: A Fantasy Anthology

Author: Richard Baines (editor), Publisher: Phoenix

In Exploring Genre: A Fantasy Anthology we are introduced to a broad and varied collection of weird and fantastic tales. These are stories that challenge us to use our imagination and see the world afresh. The stories are divided into groups: historical fantasy, pure fantasy, foreign bodies and science fiction. Here is a tale of King Arthur told in the years after his death, a boy who is turned into a wheelbarrow for misconduct in class, a clever star beast from outer space who is tormented by humans, and a fascinating story of a girl reading a sci fi comic book on an Indian train.

The Exploring Genre books add to a reader's experience of short story writing in the genres of crime, fantasy and horror. Extending beyond the traditional, they challenge our ideas of what to expect. There are stories in these collections from Australia, but also tales set in America, England, Japan, Sweden and India. They include stories both fact and fiction and are accompanied by a thought-provoking poem or two. Each story is followed by fresh and stimulating activities for comprehension, discussion and imaginative writing. The tales have been chosen for their appeal to students, the quality of the writing, and the relevance of the issues they explore.


The Fantasy Story

Historical Fantasy

  • The Mouse and the Witch-child by Brian Caswell
  • The Weakest Link by Roger Wilcox
  • The Hermit by Jacqui Prospect


  • Thuc Tu by Susie Harris
  • The Wheelbarrow Boy by Richard Parker
  • There Was an Old Woman by Robert Silverberg

Foreign Bodies

  • Incident at Dusk by Claudia Baharini
  • The Star Beast by Nicholas Stuart Gray
  • Space-Born by Robert Bloch

Science Fiction

  • Black Hole by Geraldine Stowe
  • The Sad Tale of Little Johnny by Stephen Martin
  • A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury
  • Tomorrow is Yesterday by Richard Baines

Journeying On...

  • Old Jumper by Colleen O’Brien
  • The Talking Sword by Jack Dann


More Information
Year Level Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Date of Publication 2017 (Republished by Phoenix). Originally published 2001.
ISBN 9781925169041
Subject English