Chris Flynn

FLYNN, Chris (credit Jo Duck)

Chris Flynn is the author of Mammoth (UQP, 2020), which was shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards and the Russell Prize for Humour Writing. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Age, The Australian, Meanjin, Australian Book Review, McSweeney’s and The Paris Review, among many others. His latest book is the short-story collection Here Be Leviathans (UQP, 2022), which won the 2023 Aurealis Award and was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection in the Queensland Literary Awards.


The Orcanauts

The drylanders call me White Gladis, the devil fish of Gibraltar. Since the war began, my pod and I have sunk three of their vessels and damaged a hundred more. We have yet to devour any of the invaders, but we will. Only last week a foolish drylander tacked his yacht away from the coast to avoid our territory. Our sentries spotted him, alone upon the waves. I gripped the rudder of his boat between my teeth and forced him to change direction towards the calves. I have been training them in battle tactics. The human tried to wrench back control of his vessel. Knowing his puny hands were on the wheel, I tugged the rudder violently, causing him to lose his grip and stagger. He almost fell over the side.

Terrified, he collected himself and switched on the engine. This enraged me further. I commanded the first strike team of calves to ram the hull. Their snouts were unable to penetrate the fibreglass. Under full engine power and aided by the wind, the drylander fled towards the shallows. We let him go, singing to him of empires fallen, as a warning.

Rise of the reptiles

Non-fictionIn tandem with these plans to cultivate meat in laboratories, bioscience companies in Europe, North America, South Korea and China are currently working to resurrect living, breathing examples of the woolly mammoth, thylacine and dodo. While this may seem foolhardy, the intention is to restore nature’s balance by rewilding animal habitats and damaged ecosystems.

Animal perspective

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The Neon Boneyard

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