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Glitter Rose, by Marianne de Pierres

Glitter Rose, by Marianne de Pierres, is a collection of short stories set on a fictionalised version of Stradbroke Island, called Carmine Island, in which mysterious spores have risen out of the ocean and settled over the island. These spores … Continue reading

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On ‘The Race to the Red Planet’

This article is based on a session at AussieCon 4. The panelists discussed what they thought was a need to move from sending orbiters and rovers to Mars to sending manned expeditions and possibly building settlements on Mars. What follows … Continue reading

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On ‘Hand-waving, Rule Bending and Other Dirty Tricks of Hard SF’

  This article is based on a session at AussieCon 4. A central concern in the discussion for this panel was: Should the story fit the science, or should the science fit the story, in ‘hard’ science fiction? Charles Stross … Continue reading

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On ‘Crowns and Swords: The intertwined worlds of fantasy and monarchy’

This article is based on a session at AussieCon 4. Historically, there have been many monarchies – from iron age, to medieval, to pre-industrial era, to contemporary monarchies. Monarchies can be a short hand so you don’t have to describe … Continue reading

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On ‘Losing the Plot: Plotting in advance VS writing as you go’

This article is based on a session at AussieCon 4. Melinda Snodgrass started the panel discussion with an analogy that fiction writers who plan in advance of writing are like architects and that fiction writers who plan as they write … Continue reading

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On ‘Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey’

This article is based on a session at AussieCon 4. What follows is discussion of a range of ideas which arose in the panel discussion. Ambivalence towards Joseph Campbell’s work on hero myths Joseph Campbell’s work on hero myths was about describing … Continue reading

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On ‘Kim Stanley Robinson – Guest of Honour Speech’

  This article is based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s Guest of Honour Speech at AussieCon 4 (audio recording here, courtesy of Gary Kemble). By the time of Kim Stanley Robinson (Stan)’s Guest of Honour Speech on the third day of the … Continue reading

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