Twelfth Planet Press has revealed the cover Amanda Rainey designed for The Female Factory, Volume 11 in the ‘Twelve Planets’ series — co-written by Angela Slatter and moi!
The collection is due out this year (hooray!) and can be pre-ordered in various formats here. It was great fun working on a suite of science fiction stories for TPP — and of course wonderful to collaborate with Angela again!
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.