INTRODUCTION TO BIBLIOGRAPHY


This bibliography covers Australian science fiction and fantasy published professionally, and endeavours to list material that may be readily available to an interested reader. Some young adult fiction, and some short fiction published in mainstream and specialist magazines will have been missed, but the effort needed to compile a truly comprehensive list is comparable to that required for a PhD thesis.

Criteria For Inclusion:

For a work of science fiction or fantasy to be included here it must have been sold to the publishers concerned, even if the payment is only to cover the author's costs.

Omissions:

This bibliography highlights the fact that Australian SF and fantasy is published in diverse places. It is not practicable to survey all Australian newspapers and specialist magazines so some works will inevitably have been missed. Many works of horror, crime, adventure and juvenile fantasy could be classed as marginal SF or fantasy, and have been included or excluded on the basis of subjective judgement. Non-genre fiction, and genre non-fiction are excluded, as is all unpaid genre fiction. In short, the boundaries have been drawn as leniently as possible, then have been policed ruthlessly.

Organisation:

Authors are arranged alphabetically, and under the name they were best known by in print. Stories etc. (in the individual Bibliographies) are listed in chronological order of publication (in most instances). Reprints, retitlings etc. are noted and joint or pseudonomynous authorship is acknowledged.

Awards, Nominations, And Other Guides To Popularity:

Measuring recognition of literature is always a problem, yet there are a number of useful indicators of popularity. Generally speaking, if a work is reprinted several times then it has been fairly successful, and reprinting in the Best SF of the Year-type anthologies demonstrates that a professional overseas editor was willing to put his/her name behind the work.

Ditmar Award winners and nominations are determined by the voting of Australian SF fans at their annual national conventions, and indicate a work's popularity among the more specialist readership. Readers' polls are run by magazines (e.g. Omega and Interzone), and indicate popularity within their readership. Appearances in Locus', Carr's, or Dozois' recommended reading lists are particularly good indicators, as they cite two or three dozen good works out of many hundreds published each year. Nebula and Hugo Award nominations, and even works in the Nebula Awards Preliminary Ballot (published annually in Locus) are yet another guide to works that found favour overseas. Any work (or author) that appears on a variety of the above lists could safely be described as successful. Popularity indicators are defined in the Abbreviations Listing, which is reached by clicking on any Award code in the individual Bibliographies.

Australian Authorship:

Australian authors are defined as either those who migrated to Australia and stayed for a period of more than five years, or those who were born in Australia and completed most of their education here before going overseas. Works published after the author has spent up to five years overseas are included, as works in progress at the time of residence may take time to find their way into print.

Some works which fall outside the parameters outlined above do appear in this Bibliography in the case of certain authors. This is simply incidental information and should not be regarded as conclusive. This information is accurate to the best of the ability of those involved in its provision. We can't guarantee it though.

Australian SF & Fantasy Magazines:

The majority of authors are first published in magazines, and genre artists have virtually no other professional venue for publication. Magazines have an important role to play, but in Australia SF and fantasy magazines have never lasted more than six years. New magazines continue to appear, however, and mainstream magazines have published a lot of SF. Man Magazine (1938-1978), published over 150 original SF stories during its 40 year life, more than any other local magazine. What follows is a list of paying SF and fantasy magazines active during the period mid-1985 to mid-1991, and a note on the main overseas magazines that published Australian fiction in the period. Some mainstream magazines such as The Bulletin and Westerly published occasional genre stories as well, and these have been noted in author entries.

Aphelion (1986 - 1987)
The main Australian specialist SF magazine of the 80s, and has been called Australia's Interzone. The publisher has gone on to establish Aphelion Publications.

Aurealis (1990 - )
Well distributed and fairly well paying. Has attracted fiction by a fairly wide cross-section of Australian SF authors.

Crux (1979 - 1985)
Published one issue in 1985, several years after the previous issue.

Eidolon (1990 - )
Well presented and attracts good art and fiction. Low payment rates, but an increase is under consideration.

Far Out (1985 - 1986)
Specialised in very short fiction. Basic presentation. Publication dates unclear.

Omega Science Digest (1981 - 1987)
Well presented, well paying, and attracted excellent fiction and art as a result. Similar to Omni, in that two SF stories were published per issue in what was basically a science magazine. Its high circulation meant that stories published in it were recognised by the SFWA as fully professional - a status unique among Australian magazines.

Thyme Fiction (1989 - 1991)
Designed to give new authors exposure. Low payment rates, basic presentation. Edited by Aphelion editor, Peter McNamara, Thyme Fictionwas closed when Thyme magazine changed hands at Issue 83.

Overseas Magazines:

Aboriginal SF (US); Amazing (US); Analog (US); Argos (US); Asimov's SF Magazine (US); Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF)(US); Fantasy Tales(UK); Interzone(UK); New Pathways (US); Pulphouse - A Fiction Magazine (US); Strange Plasma (US); Weird Tales (US).


The introduction above, by Sean McMullen and Jonathan Strahan, originally accompanied the first print appearance of McMullen's Bibliography of Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy to 1993 in the SwanCon 17 (1992 Western Australian regional convention) Programme Book.


Eidolon Publications 1995-2005


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