The first is a poem by 'Y.S.' on ultramodern alienation and proto-cybernetic dread. The other two are dystopic/imaginative takes on Peace Movement themes. Laurence Collinson's prose piece is twisted radiation recollections while Hilary Richmond’s short story is strangely claustrophobic; a felt-like domestic death-bed drama channeled through a speculative prism of a normalised post-disaster/trauma living-scape. The interior emphasis and implied scenarios of ‘Pioneer Stock’ align closer to later styles of science fiction writing in Australia than the prevailing space opera/extraterrestrial hostility tropes otherwise in vogue in Australia at the time. Though of course Melbourne itself was associated with the major piece of nuclear realism in Nevile Shutes’ 'On The Beach'. I’ve never actually watched the movie/read the book, perhaps an aversion to Gregory Peck?
There is a slightly redacted copy of John McLaren’s ’Writing in Hope and Fear: Literature as Politics in Postwar Australia’ (Cambridge U.P., 1996) available online that chronicles the history/context of the Realist Writers’ Group for those inclined. McLaren writes that the Journal of the Realist Writers Group was incorporated into Overland in 1954 so I’m unsure if Venture was a new publication in response to political fractures between members and within parties (which ensnared Overland) or pre-dated its establishment.