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Australian Science Fiction
Australia, unlike Europe, does not have a long history in the genre of science fiction. Nevil Shute's On the Beach , published in 1957, and filmed in 1959 , was perhaps the first notable international success. Though not born in Australia, Shute spent his latter years there, and the book was set in Australia. It might have been worse had the imports of American pulp magazines not been restricted during WWII, forcing local writers into the field. Various compilation magazines began appearing in the 1960s and the field has continued to expand into some significance. Today Australia
Australia
has a thriving SF/ Fantasy
Fantasy
genre with names recognised around the world. In 2013 a trilogy by Sydney-born Ben Peek was sold at auction to a UK publisher for a six-figure deal
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33rd World Science Fiction Convention
The 33RD WORLD SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION, called AUSSIECON, was held in Melbourne , Australia, August 14–17, 1975, at the Southern Cross Hotel. The guests of honour were Ursula K. Le Guin (pro), Susan Wood (fan), Mike Glicksohn (fan), and Donald Tuck (Australian). Aussiecon was significant in the development of cohesive Australian activity around science fiction and fantasy fandom. The chairman was Robin Johnson. The toastmaster was John Bangsund . Total attendance was 606. CONTENTS* 1 Awards * 1.1 Hugo Awards * 1.2 Other awards * 2 See also * 3 References * 4 External links AWARDSThe Hugo Awards , named after Hugo Gernsback , are presented every year for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. Results are based on the ballots submitted by members of the World Science Fiction Society . Other awards, including the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer , are also presented each year at Worldcon
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Melbourne
MELBOURNE (/ˈmɛlbərn/ locally ( listen )) is the state capital and most populous city of the Australian
Australian
state of Victoria , and the second-most populous city in Australia
Australia
and Oceania
Oceania
. The name "Melbourne" covers an urban agglomeration spanning 9,992.5 km2 (3,858.1 sq mi), which comprises the broader metropolitan area , as well as being the common name for its city centre . The metropolis is located on the large natural bay of Port Phillip and expands into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon mountain ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley
Yarra Valley
. Melbourne
Melbourne
consists of 31 municipalities . It has a population of 4,725,316 as of 2016 , and its inhabitants are called Melburnians
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English Language
ENGLISH is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now the third most widespread native language in the world, after Standard Chinese
Standard Chinese
and Spanish , as well as the most widely spoken Germanic language . Named after the Angles
Angles
, one of the Germanic tribes that migrated to Great Britain
Great Britain
, it ultimately derives its name from the Anglia (Angeln) peninsula in the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
. It is closely related to the other West Germanic languages
Germanic languages
of Frisian , Low German/Low Saxon , German , Dutch , and Afrikaans
Afrikaans
. The English vocabulary has been significantly influenced by French (a Romance language ), Norse (a North Germanic language ), and by Latin
Latin

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Australian Population
The DEMOGRAPHY OF AUSTRALIA covers basic statistics, most populous cities, ethnicity and religion. The population of Australia
Australia
is estimated to be 24,810,200 as of 13 February 2018. Australia
Australia
is the 52nd most populous country in the world and the most populous Oceanian country. Its population is concentrated mainly in urban areas and is expected to exceed 28 million by 2030. Australia's population has grown from an estimated population of between 300,000 and 1,000,000 at the time of British settlement in 1788 due to numerous waves of immigration during the period since. Also due to immigration, the European component of the population is declining as a percentage. Australia
Australia
has an average population density of 3.2 persons per square kilometre of total land area
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Amazing Science Stories
AMAZING SCIENCE STORIES was a British science fiction magazine which published two undated issues in 1951. The publisher was Pemberton's, of Manchester
Manchester
; the editor was not identified, but may have been Stafford Pemberton. The contents included reprints from an Australian magazine, Thrills, Incorporated , and also from Super Science Stories , which had had a British edition, published by Pemberton's. NOTES * ^ Ashley, Transformations, p. 320. * ^ Stableford, Brian & Nicholls, Peter, "Amazing Science Stories", in Nicholls/Clute, Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.REFERENCES * Ashley, Mike (2005). Transformations:The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. ISBN 0-85323-779-4 . * Clute, John; Nicholls, Peter (1993). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc. ISBN 0-312-09618-6
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Australia
Coordinates : 25°S 133°E / 25°S 133°E / -25; 133 Commonwealth of Australia Flag Coat of arms ANTHEM: " Advance Australia Fair
Advance Australia Fair
" CAPITAL Canberra
Canberra
35°18′29″S 149°07′28″E
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Horror Fiction
HORROR is a genre of fiction which is intended to, or has the capacity to frighten, scare, disgust, or startle its readers or viewers by inducing feelings of horror and terror . Literary historian J. A. Cuddon has defined the horror story as "a piece of fiction in prose of variable length... which shocks or even frightens the reader, or perhaps induces a feeling of repulsion or loathing". It creates an eerie and frightening atmosphere. Horror is frequently supernatural, though it can be non-supernatural. Often the central menace of a work of horror fiction can be interpreted as a metaphor for the larger fears of a society
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On The Beach (novel)
ON THE BEACH is a 1957 post-apocalyptic novel written by British-Australian author Nevil Shute after he emigrated to Australia . The novel details the experiences of a mixed group of people in Melbourne
Melbourne
as they await the arrival of deadly radiation spreading towards them from the Northern Hemisphere
Northern Hemisphere
following a nuclear war a year previously. As the radiation approaches, each person deals with impending death differently. Shute's initial story appeared as a four-part series, The Last Days on Earth, in the London weekly periodical Sunday Graphic in April 1957. For the novel, Shute expanded on the storyline. The story has been adapted twice as a film (in 1959 and 2000 ) and once as a BBC radio broadcast in 2008
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John Clute
JOHN FREDERICK CLUTE (born 12 September 1940) is a Canadian -born author and critic specializing in science fiction (also SF, sf) and fantasy literature who has lived in both England and the United States since 1969. He has been described as "an integral part of science fiction's history" and "perhaps the foremost reader-critic of sf in our time, and one of the best the genre has ever known." He was one of eight people who founded the English magazine Interzone in 1982 (the others including Malcolm Edwards , Colin Greenland , Roz Kaveney , and David Pringle ). Clute's articles on speculative fiction have appeared in various publications since the 1960s. He is a co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (with Peter Nicholls ) and of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (with John Grant ), as well as writing The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction, all of which won Hugo Awards for Best Non-Fiction
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Peter Nicholls (writer)
PETER NICHOLLS (born 1939) is an Australian literary scholar and critic. He is the creator and a co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction with John Clute . BIOGRAPHYBorn in Melbourne
Melbourne
, Victoria, he spent two decades (from 1968 to 1988) as an expatriate , first in the US, and then the UK. Nicholls' early career was as a literary academic, originally with The University of Melbourne
Melbourne
. He first travelled to the US in 1968 on a Harkness fellowship, and his significant contributions to science fiction scholarship and criticism began in 1971, when he became the first Administrator of the Science Fiction Foundation (UK), a position he held until 1977. He was editor of its journal, Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction from 1974-8
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The Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION is an English language reference work on science fiction , first published in 1979. In October 2011, the third edition was made available for free online. CONTENTS * 1 Publication history * 2 Contents * 3 Bibliography * 4 See also * 5 External links * 6 References * 7 External links PUBLICATION HISTORYThe first edition, edited by Peter Nicholls with John Clute , was published by Granada in 1979. It was retitled The Science Fiction Encyclopedia when published by Doubleday in the United States. Accompanying its text were numerous black and white photographs illustrating authors, book and magazine covers, film and TV stills, and examples of artists' work. A second edition, jointly edited by Nicholls and Clute, was published in 1993 by Orbit in the UK and St. Martin\'s Press in the US. The second edition contained 1.3 million words, almost twice the 700,000 words of the 1979 edition
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The Guardian
THE GUARDIAN is a British daily newspaper. It was known from 1821 until 1959 as the MANCHESTER GUARDIAN. Along with its sister papers The Observer and the Guardian Weekly , The Guardian
The Guardian
is part of the Guardian Media Group , owned by the Scott Trust . The Trust was created in 1936 "to secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity and to safeguard the journalistic freedom and liberal values of the Guardian free from commercial or political interference." The Scott Trust became a limited company in 2008, with a constitution to maintain the same protections for the Guardian. Profits are reinvested in journalism rather than to benefit an owner or shareholders. The paper's readership is generally on the mainstream left of British political opinion
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Fantasy
FANTASY is a genre of fiction set in a fictional universe , often, but not always, without any locations, events, or people referencing the real world. Its roots are in oral traditions, which then developed into literature and drama . From the twentieth century it has expanded further into various media, including film, television, graphic novels and video games. Most fantasy uses magic or other supernatural elements as a main plot element, theme , or setting . Magic
Magic
and magical creatures are common in many of these worlds. Fantasy
Fantasy
is a subgenre of speculative fiction and is distinguished from the genres of science fiction and horror by the absence of scientific or macabre themes respectively, though these genres overlap. In popular culture , the fantasy genre is predominantly of the medievalist form
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David G. Hartwell
DAVID GEDDES HARTWELL (July 10, 1941 – January 20, 2016) was an American critic, publisher, and editor of thousands of science fiction and fantasy novels. He was best known for work with Signet, Pocket, and Tor Books publishers. He was also noted as an award-winning editor of anthologies. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction describes him as "perhaps the single most influential book editor of the past forty years in the American publishing world". CONTENTS * 1 Early years * 2 Career * 3 Awards and other achievements * 4 Personal life * 5 Works * 5.1 Books as writer * 5.2 Magazines edited * 5.3 Standalone anthologies * 5.4 Anthology series * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links EARLY YEARSHartwell was born in Salem, Massachusetts , and attended Williams College , where he graduated with a BA in 1963. He continued his studies at Colgate University for an MA in 1965, and at Columbia University where he graduated with a Ph.D
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Jonathan Strahan
JONATHAN STRAHAN (born 1964 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ) is an editor and publisher of science fiction. His family moved to Perth, Western Australia in 1968, and he graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1986. In 1990 he co-founded Eidolon: The Journal of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, and worked on it as co-editor and co-publisher until 1999. He was also co-publisher of Eidolon Books which published Robin Pen's The Secret Life of Rubber-Suit Monsters, Howard Waldrop 's Going Home Again, Storm Constantine 's The Thorn Boy, and Terry Dowling 's Blackwater Days. In 1997 Jonathan worked in Oakland, California for Locus : The Newspaper of the Science Fiction Field as an assistant editor and wrote a regular reviewer column for the magazine until March 1998 when he returned to Australia. In early 1999 Jonathan resumed reviewing and copyediting for Locus, and was then promoted to Reviews Editor (January 2002 – present)
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