Greatwinter Trilogy series - author  
Issue Details: First known date: 1999-2001 1999-2001
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Notes

  • The Greatwinter Trilogy is dedicated to my friend and production editor Jenna Felice, 1976-2001

Includes

y Mirrorsun Rising Sean McMullen , North Adelaide : Aphelion Publications , 1995 Z280542 1995 single work novel science fiction 'Set in a far-future Australia where electricity has been outlawed and society is overviewed by human-powered computers (largely driven by librarians), restricted quasi-medieval guilds struggle for supremacy and to discover the secret of the past. This gradual understanding of past technologies, such as exploring the role of the orbiting space platforms, accelerates in the second volume (Colin Steele, SF Commentary No 77, p.53).



y Voices in the Light Sean McMullen , North Adelaide : Aphelion Publications , 1994 Z160208 1994 single work novel science fiction

'In the Australia of the distant future computers live on, although electricity and even steam power have ceased to exist long ago. The mighty Calculor of Libris is about to be commissioned, but is making strange errors. A programmer has been assassinated and components are being shot for negligence. Time is running out and important questions must be answered. Will the trains run on time after the end of the world? Can a Battle Calculor still function while drunk? Was there an ice age in the 21st Century, and how long ago was the 21st Century anyway?'

Source: Publisher's Blurb

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y Souls in the Great Machine Sean McMullen , New York (City) : Tor , 1999 Z56170 1999 single work novel science fiction 'In the Australia of the distant future computers live on, although electricity and even steam power have ceased to exist long ago. The mighty Calculor of Libris is about to be commissioned, but is making strange errors. A programmer has been assassinated and components are being shot for negligence. Time is running out and important questions must be answered. Will the trains run on time after the end of the world? Can a Battle Calculor still function while drunk? Was there an ice age in the 21st Century, and how long ago was the 21st Century anyway?' Source: bookseller's website.
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y The Miocene Arrow Sean McMullen , New York (City) : Tor , 2000 Z346525 2000 single work novel science fiction

'In a fortieth-century America of ancient kingdoms with opulent courts, hereditary engineering guilds, and rigid class distinction in warfare, a centuries-old balance of power is shattered by a few dozen Australian infiltrators. Against a rich backdrop of war, chivalry, conspiracy, and a diesel-powered arms race, a dangerous secret alliance has formed. Now the unlikely trio of an airlord, an abbess, and a fugitive are joined together in a desperate race against time to stop the ultimate doomsday machine from being launched.'

Source: Publisher's Blurb

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y Eyes of the Calculor Sean McMullen , New York (City) : Tor , 2001 Z796435 2001 single work novel science fiction

'In space, the enigmatic Mirrorsun has begun to spin. Immense solar sails are pushing vast amounts of energy into its ancient orbital band, energy that could tear it apart–or be directed down at Earth. Already the hypnotic Call has ceased, and all electrical machines have been reduced to molten metal. A religious prophet has risen and is attempting to bring together the entire continent of Australica under her rule.

'Meanwhile, her diesel-powered sailwing shot down by religious fanatics, the American princess Samondel is forced to set aside her trade-seeking mission and disguise herself as a student. Her only friends are a disgraced monk who is a member of the secret police and a beautiful young librarian who is a dangerous and unstable psychopath. From these unlikely friendships she must form an alliance between two continents and two species, and prevent ultimate war.

'Fundamentally, unexpectedly, things are changing everywhere. As catastrophe looms and civilization begins to crumble, the Dragon Librarians of Australica have just one means left to hold their world together: to kidnap every numerate person on the continent and rebuild their out-of-date human-powered computer–the Calculor.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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First known date: 1999-2001

Works about this Work

Portrayal of Librarians in Australian Creative Writing Australian Library Journal Michael Middleton , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Library Journal , June vol. 60 no. 2 2011; (p. 144-154)
'An exploration is made of the ways in which librarians have been depicted in Australian creative writing. Reference is made to characters in novels, short stories, drama and poetry. With respect to novels, there is some consideration of characterisation and its relationship to plot.' Michael Middleton.
An Eidolon Interview with Sean McMullen Steven Paulsen (interviewer), 1996 single work interview
— Appears in: Eidolon : The Journal of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy , Autumn no. 21 1996; (p. 47-57)
Sean McMullen discusses his experiences in writing science fiction and his approaches to getting his work published.
An Eidolon Interview with Sean McMullen Steven Paulsen (interviewer), 1996 single work interview
— Appears in: Eidolon : The Journal of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy , Autumn no. 21 1996; (p. 47-57)
Sean McMullen discusses his experiences in writing science fiction and his approaches to getting his work published.
Portrayal of Librarians in Australian Creative Writing Australian Library Journal Michael Middleton , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Library Journal , June vol. 60 no. 2 2011; (p. 144-154)
'An exploration is made of the ways in which librarians have been depicted in Australian creative writing. Reference is made to characters in novels, short stories, drama and poetry. With respect to novels, there is some consideration of characterisation and its relationship to plot.' Michael Middleton.
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