I recently stumbled across No Future? The Lack of Science Fiction Published in Australia by David Golding. You can read the paper here (and do so, it’s well worth it).
Here’s the abstract though for those short on time:
Science fiction is popular in Australia. Yet very little science fiction is published in Australia. This essay establishes and examines the paradoxical truth of these two statements. Australian interest in science fiction is shown by reviewing local bookshops, authors, literary events and fan culture.
The lack of Australian-published science fiction is shown by examining accounts of local publishing, sampling what is stocked in bookshops and surveying the output of publishing houses.
The reasons for this lack are literary snobbishness, the success of the related genre of fantasy, and the importation of foreign-published science fiction.
Now there’s this gift giving celebration just around the corner, the name escapes me at the moment. Below I have picked out some Speculative Fiction(or SF&F) titles that are written by Australian authors and published by Australian publishers.
Some of these I have(ready for the Australian Women Writers challenge), some I have reviewed.
Sean’s Stocking Filling List
Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies by Lucy Sussex, Published by Ticonderoga.
The Hall of Lost Footsteps by the late Sara Douglass, published by Ticonderoga.
The Last Days of Kali Yuga by Paul Haines, published by Brimstone,
Power and Majesty(Book 1 of Creature Court) by Tansy Rayner Roberts, published by Harper Collins
The Shattered City (Book 2 Creature Court)by Tansy Rayner Roberts, published by Harper Collins
The Courier's New Bicycle by Kim Westwood, published by Voyager/HarperCollins
The Daughters of Moab by Kim Westwood, published by Voyager/HarperCollins
Nightsiders by Sue Isle, published by Twelfth Planet Press
Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts, published by Twelfth Planet Press
Thief of Lives by Lucy Sussex, published by Twelfth Planet Press
Bad Power by Deborah Biancotti, published by Twelfth Planet Press
Madigan Mine by Kirstyn McDermott, published by Pan McMillan
Yellow Cake by Margo Lanagan, published by Allen & Unwin
Illumé by Kate Smith published by Winterbourne Publishing
Business of Death by Trent Jamieson, Published by Orbit
Diamond Eyes by A.A.Bell, published by Voyager/HarperCollins
Bluegrass Symphony by L.L. Hannett published by Ticonderoga
Vengeance by Ian Irvine, published by Orbit
When we have wings by Claire Corbett, published by Allen & Unwin
Ice and Fire by Patty Jansen, published by Patty Jansen
Only Ever Always by Penni Russon, published by Allen & Unwin
Tales from the Tower: The Wilful Eye , edited by Isobelle Carmody & Nan McNab, published by Allen & Unwin
Thyla by Kate Gordon, published by Random House.
Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments. I know I am missing out on some great Australian written and published speculative fiction, that I will kick myself for having forgotten.
(Authors there’s no shame in dropping my a hint either)
I have linked either directly to Booktopia (an Australian online store) or to the publishers themselves.
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