Strange Attractor


Deep in Western Australia's mining country, against the blood-red landscape of the Pilbara, a cyclone has wreaked havoc in a remote railway construction camp.

Now, a small team of employees anxiously await the arrival of 'the company man', sent up from Perth to carry out his own investigation before a coronial inquiry. Dog-tired and in search of drink, they do their best to distract themselves, coming together in a makeshift mess hall. But a stormy evening of shared memories soon takes a strange and unexpected turn…

From the writer of Bastard Boys and Brides of Christ comes a gripping, contemporary tale of free-will and responsibility in the face of great temptation.

  • 0
  • 6 total
  • 1 female identifying, 5 male identifying
  • 16 to 18, 18+, 12 to 16
  • young adult, adult, all ages
  • Currency Press


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Male | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 14

EXTRACT: Fact number one: the gender ratio is about five to one, male to female. Ipso fucken facto: your average dude's got to work a lot harder to get a root. He's got to have what we might call a competitive edge. Now: he's earning three grand a week and all that entails. But most of your basic contractors are on that kind of moolah... / So. He needs another competitive edge. And this is where your flatback turtle comes in.

Adult themes, Adult language


Male | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 32

EXTRACT: I'm across the pub yanking the thing out of her mouth and shouting at this bloke: What the fuck? How can you be so fucken careless? How can you just leave her like that? For everyone to laugh at. And I... I hit him. And they threw me out...Yeah. I give you the shits. So, you know, maybe I was wrong about you. I thought you were a mate, but maybe I picked it wrong. I thought: 'There's a dude who wants to cut loose. There's a dude hanging to get the air of freedom in his lungs.'

Adult language


Male | 40s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 39

EXTRACT: Premium-grade Brockman ore. Put a welding iron to that and it'll spark. It's the only spark this country's got. We didn't invent Microsoft. We didn't build Ikea. We didn't market Prozac. And so: we do as humans've done since we discovered opposable thumbs: we sell what we have. Empires rise. Empires die. We play out our little lives - and our little deaths - in their shadows. And if you think anything else, you're a fool.

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