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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