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  • October1st

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    Looking for Australian YA Science Fiction rather than Australian YA Fantasy? Here are some top titles with some well-known books next to some you may be unaware of.

    1. Displaced Person – Lee Harding. What happens when you start to vanish along with everyone else? Identity, sense of self, sense of place. An Australian classic.
    2. Deucalion – Brian Caswell. Colonialism, intolerance, understanding, in an SF scenario. Thought-provoking.
    3. The Broken Wheel – Kerry Greenwood. Yes, that Kerry Greenwood. Post apocalyptic tribalism. Gritty.
    4. Singing the Dog Star Blues – Alison Goodman. Time travel, aliens, and some funky harmonica playing. Cool.
    5. Burn Bright – Marianne de Pierres. A Gothic, dark dystopia. Stylish.
    6. Ink, Inc – Jack Heath. Want to see how a single technology can change the world? Clever.
    7. Tomorrow When the War Began – John Marsden. Yes, it’s SF. Australia hasn’t been invaded, has it? Iconic.
    8. Black Glass – Meg Mundell. Mass surveillance, authoritarian government, young rebels. Juicy.
    9. Omega – Christine Harris. In space, which way does death lie? Wondrous.
    10. Eye to Eye – Catherine Jinks. Machines can think. Can they feel? Challenging.

    And note how I resisted adding my own 10 Futures, Machine Wars, Blackout, The Mask of Caliban or any others? See my Novels pages for details :-).

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  • January9th

    For those who’ve been inspired by 10 Futures and who are constantly thinking about the future, here’s a thought-provoking site from the BBC. Logging on directly from your brain, anyone?

     

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  • February5th

    Thinking ’10 Futures’, and here is a great article about what 1967 thought 2001 was going to be like. Retrocool!

    The house of the future

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  • May21st

    Last Thursday, I chatted with David MacLean on Radio 3CR’s ‘Published or Not’. This program is always a delight for authors, for the presenters prepare thoroughly – by reading the book at issue, for a start. David’s interview was excellent, extremely attentive to detail and he certainly made me think about what I’d been up to when I wrote the book. If you missed the interview, it can be downloaded from the 3CR podcast page.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • April3rd

    I’m highly chuffed that Extraordinaires 1: The Extinction Gambit has been gonged as a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book. Congratulations, too, to the others on the list – it’s an honour to be in such company.Stylish, mysterious, evocative.

    The full list of Notable Books is here.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • March16th

    The best way to prepare for the future is to imagine it. In our imaginations we can anticipate where we’re going, where our lives might be, the shape of the world to come.Shiny!

    10 Futures is a very different book for me, a real departure from the wonderful Steampunk worlds of ‘The Laws of Magic’ and ‘The Extraordinaires’. I needed to abandon the gloriously formal and extended language of the Edwardian era and use language that is more clipped and direct. And 10 Futures doesn’t have much humour, which was a real wrench for me, but different contexts and different milieus require different approaches to writing.

    10 Futures isn’t just random speculating. Each story segment has been carefully researched, and this is one area that was consistent with my last ten years of writing. The only difference was that instead of researching history, I was researching current trends and then trying to find good, evidence-based extrapolation. I looked at societal and cultural trends as well as scientific developments and asked the classic question: ‘What happens if this goes on?’

    As well as this exploration of trends and wondering about the direction of humanity over the next hundred years, I was also considering the nature of ethical issues and moral dilemmas. Do morals change over time, or are some situations eternal? What affects our judgement of right and wrong? How could this change in response to a changing world? Should it change in response to a changing world? Read More | Comments

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