David J. Lake i(76 works by) (a.k.a. David Lake; David John Lake; D. J. Lake)
Born: Established: 26 Mar 1929 Bangalore,
South Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
; Died: Ceased: 31 Jan 2016 Brisbane, Queensland,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1967
Heritage: British
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Lake was born in India and lived there until the age of sixteen when he went to England to read English at Trinity College, Cambridge. Following his studies Lake taught in England for about ten years and then continued teaching in various countries of South-East Asia.

In 1967 he took up a lectureship at the University of Queensland where he initiated a course in science fiction. He became an Australian citizen in 1975. Since his retirement in 1994, Lake has been working predominantly on editing scholarly editions of the novels of H. G. Wells.

Lake's published essays include 'White Sphinx and Albino Griffin: Images of Death in the Scientific Romances of H. G. Wells' (Steller Gauge, 1980).


  • Influenced by H. G. Wells and by Edgar Rice Burroughs and his Mars series.

Awards for Works

West of the Moon : A Fantasy Novel 1988 single work novel fantasy young adult
1989 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Australian Long Fiction
The Changelings of Chaan 1985 single work novel young adult fantasy "A story set in a mythical southeast Asian Kingdom of Chaan. John, a young English boy is befriended by the son of a Chaanish prince, and the two use their psychic powers to recover a long-lost treasure from another world." (Source: Trove)
1986 commended Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year Award
1986 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Australian Long Fiction
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