Is there such a thing as Australian science fiction – when you’re dealing with other worlds, does the nationality of the writer (and the setting) matter? Are there any questions or issues that Australian science fiction is uniquely positioned to address? And what’s so good about science fiction, anyway?
Doug Hendrie will talk to Jane Rawson, Lucy Sussex, Andrew Macrae and Max Barry about why they read and write in the genre, and what it means to be an Australian sci-fi writer.
Jane Rawson writes novels, essays and stories, mostly about climate change and animals. Her latest novel is From the Wreck. She lives in Tasmania’s Huon Valley and works for a conservation organisation.
Andrew Macrae grew up in Toowoomba in regional Queensland, raised on the sound of prime movers grinding up and down the Great Dividing Range at night. He had a thing for the 1970s trucking movies that seemed to be on the black and white TV every Friday and Saturday night, and his first novel Truckso... Read more
Lucy Sussex was born in New Zealand, and her writerly interests include science fiction, women’s writing, Australiana, crime fiction and horror. Her fiction has appeared widely, and been translated into various languages, including Polish and Japanese. She has edited four anthologies, including Sh... Read more
A freelance foreign correspondent, magazine writer and lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Doug’s interest is in the unusual – subcultures, personalities, histories. He’s reported on everything from Gold Coast sex surrogates to the Cave Clan urban explorers of Melbourne, and was the princ... Read more
Max Barry is the author of the novels Syrup (an LA Times Best Book of the Year), Jennifer Government (a New York Times Notable Book), and Company (a New York Times bestseller), and the web serial Machine Man. He is also creator of the online political game NationStates, which has been played by over... Read more
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