Should genre mean something to you, or not? A #genrecagefight special.

In Today’s Genre-Sensitive Publishing World, Might George Orwell Be *gasp* Unreadable? Ever since ‘genre’ was invented (by Plato and Aristotle, no less, when they divided ancient Greek literature into drama, poetry or prose), theorists have philosophized about the concept of genre, evolving and expanding it such that, today, genre and …

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Copying or Inspiration – Who Decides? Five Copyright Essentials Every Writer Should Know.

Copying. It’s a nasty word that hasn’t changed in meaning since the 1st century, when the Roman poet Marcus Valerius Martialis used the Latin word plagiarius (literally ‘kidnapper’) to complain that another poet had “kidnapped his verses”. When I was at school, the repercussions of copying were severe, and not …

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What Makes Australian Authors Tick? A celebration of #ausbooks and culture.

WARNING: due to the astounding level of input from a gargantuan range of fantastic Australian authors, this blog has essay-length proportions. What does it mean to be a writer living in Australia in 2011? Does our glorious country inform what we write, or the way we write it? Does it …

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Is Social Media Simply Time Travel & Teleportation In Disguise?

A recent post on io9.com asked what science fiction could tell us about the future of social media: http://io9.com/#!5781908. Annalee Newitz started the post by pointing out that, right now, you are reading a piece of social media, which can be passed around various social networks and thus be read …

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Times have changed for fantasy writers… or have they?

SPOILER ALERT: Jennifer Byrne Presents “Fantasy Panel Special” will not air until 12 July 2011. Last week, I watched a live recording of “Jennifer Byrne Presents” with Lev Grossman, Matthew Reilly, Jennifer Rowe and Fiona McIntosh. They were discussing the recent marginalisation of fantasy from mainstream fiction, ‘recent’ since bookshops …

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