Dirk Strasser

Dirk Strasser

Melbourne, Victoria

Dirk Strasser was born in Offenbach, Germany, but has lived most his life in Australia. He has been a teacher of Mathematics and German, a textbook writer, educational software developer, a Senior Publisher at Harcourt Education and Publishing Manager Pearson Education. Dirk has written over 30 books. He has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards, a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement, and has been short-listed for the Aurealis and Ditmar Awards a number of times. His short story, 'The Doppelgänger Effect', appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down Under. His acclaimed fantasy series, The Books of Ascension (Zenith, Equinox and Eclipse), was published by Pan Macmillan in Australia and by Heyne Verlag in Germany. His fiction has been translated into a number of languages. He founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-published Aurealis - Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction - for over 20 years.

Anthologies, Epic, Fantasy, Paranormal & Urban, Science Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Short Stories

Dreaming Again

35 new stories celebrating the wild side of Australian fantasy writing. Welcome to the energy, invention and imagination of Australia's finest writers of speculative fiction - from acclaimed international bestsellers to the freshest new voices. Ten years ago, Dreaming Down-Under captured the excitement of the wild side of Australian fiction and won a coveted World Fantasy Award. Now it's time to start Dreaming Again...

Eclipse: The Lost Book of Ascension

Can you see the story breathing? What happens if after the winter solstice, the days keep getting shorter? And shorter? Until there is an eternal night? What happens as the darkness grows? And the creatures of dusk take control of the Mountain? And the quest for the third Book is the only hope? The Mountain is in its death throes as the Nazir send their wraiths to finish what the dusk-rats and grale had begun. Soon there will be no daylight to protect the Maelir and Faemir, and with each twilight there are fewer places to hide. Will the Mountain finally collapse under its own instability or will Atreu and Verlinden’s descent find the words of salvation in the Lost Book of Ascension?

Equinox: The Second Book of Ascension

Can you see the story breathing? The Keep The most beautiful city on the great Mountain The pinnacle of Maelir culture The home of the Inner Sanctum The place where secrets hide The fate of the Mountain hangs in balance at the time of Equinox, and even the Keep can no longer remain untouched. The Maelir are desperate to defend it, the Faemir to demolish it, the windriders to claim it. But unknown to them all, a dark force has already emerged from the chaos to seize power. As Atreu and Verlinden strive to decipher the power of the Talisman that has defined Atreu’s Ascent, Teyth and Valkyra are locked in a desperate battle that neither of them can win. At a time when darkness and light are in perfect equilibrium, when Maelir and Faemir must find a way to break the deadlock and avoid annihilation, the world’s fate lies in the Book of Ascension.

Zenith: The First Book of Ascension

Can you see the story breathing? Imagine A mountain so great it takes a year to travel from base to summit A sun so powerful it drives you into madness if you look at it An ascent so vital it determines the fate of the world A summit so precious it holds the key to the divine The world of the great Mountain is unstable. Giant pillars erupt from the surface and yawning chasms form unpredictably underfoot. Since the Maelir first stood on its slopes in the distant past, they have sought to still its anger and control its power. Each year, twin brothers are chosen to make a perilous journey to the summit. If they survive they will be witness to Zenith, and the secrets will be revealed to them. When Atreu and Teyth embark on their Ascent, their Talismans lead them onto conflicting paths that will ultimately set brother against brother. And this time the Ascent itself is in peril as unknown forces that have long craved the power of Zenith will stop at nothing to make it their own even if it means destroying the very thing that sustains all life the Mountain itself.

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