In The Female Factory, procreation is big business. Children are a commodity few women can afford.
Hopeful mothers-to-be try everything. Fertility clinics. Pills. Wombs for hire. Babies are no longer made in bedrooms, but engineered in boardrooms. A quirk of genetics allows lucky surrogates to carry multiple eggs, to control when they are fertilised, and by whom — but corporations market and sell the offspring. The souls of lost embryos are never wasted; captured in software, they give electronics their voice. Spirits born into the wrong bodies can brave the charged waters of a hidden billabong, and change their fate. Industrious orphans learn to manipulate scientific advances, creating mothers of their own choosing.
From Australia’s near-future all the way back in time to its convict past, these stories spin and sever the ties between parents and children.
- All the Other Revivals
- The Female Factory
Lisa's stories have appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, Weird Tales, ChiZine, Shimmer and Ann & Jeff VanderMeer’s Steampunk Reloaded, among other places. Her work has won three Aurealis Awards, and has appeared on Locus’s Recommended Reading List as well as in The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror (2010, 2011, 2012), and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction (2012, 2013).
Her first collection of short stories, Bluegrass Symphony, won the 2011 Aurealis Award for Best Collection, and has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Collection.
Her first novel, Lament for the Afterlife, is being published by ChiZine Publications in 2015.
Midnight and Moonshine (co-authored with Angela Slatter) was published in 2012.