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Is part of Players in the Contest of Worlds Damien Broderick 2005 series - author novel (number 2 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 2006 2006
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'A twenty-something student from a world not quite the same as ours, August Seebeck tumbled into a vastly larger universe, and learned that he and his turbulent siblings, and the breathtaking Lune and others still stranger, are Players in the Contest of Worlds. They are mysteriously transformed humans whose ancient task is an enigmatic battle with the dread, passionate K-Machines. Now crisis deepens. Empowered with a potent killing device of his own, August finds himself flung from world to world in a brutal and baffling game, with entire universes at stake and very little idea of the rules. Only two things are clear: his beloved Lune is not who she seemed, and August's pivotal role is no chance accident.'

(Source: Publisher's blurb.)

Notes

  • Dedication: For my sister and brothers: Dalla, Tony, John, Franl, Mick and their families with love.
  • Epigraph: I like a look of Agony,/ Because I know it's true. - Emily Dickinson
  • Also includes epigraphs from Bertrand Russell, Stuart LaForge, Robert B. Parker and Federico Fellini.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Thunder's Mouth Press , 2006 .
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      Extent: 319p.
      ISBN: 1560258055, 9781560258056
Alternative title: K-mašinos : mokslinės fantastikos romanas
Language: Lithuanian
    • Kaunas,
      c
      Lithuania,
      c
      c
      Former Soviet Union,
      c
      Eastern Europe, Europe,
      :
      Naujasis Eridanas , 2010 .
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      Extent: 303p.
      ISBN: 9789955101444

Works about this Work

The Fiction of the Future : Australian Science Fiction Russell Blackford , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 128-140)
'According to Russell Blackford 'commercial science fiction is the most international of literary forms.' He observes that 'Australian SF continues to flourish, even if it trails heroic fantasy in mass-market appeal.' Australian SF writers although published internationally, with a dedicated fan followings in USA, UK and Europe, were overlooked for a very long time by Australian multinational publishers. The international editions had to be imported and were then distributed in Australia (Congreve and Marquardt 8). Blackford in his chapter throws light on the history of Australian SF and observes how Australian SF writers, with their concern for the future, achieved a powerful synthesis in form and content. The progress of Australian SF, maturity of style in the work of younger writers, and massive worldwide sales make Blackford optimistic as he asserts that 'the best Australian writers in the genre will be prominent players on the world stage.' (Editor's foreword xii-xiii)
Fiction Russell Blackford , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Cosmos , August/September no. 10 2006; (p. 109)

— Review of K-Machines Damien Broderick 2006 single work novel
Fiction Russell Blackford , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Cosmos , August/September no. 10 2006; (p. 109)

— Review of K-Machines Damien Broderick 2006 single work novel
The Fiction of the Future : Australian Science Fiction Russell Blackford , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 128-140)
'According to Russell Blackford 'commercial science fiction is the most international of literary forms.' He observes that 'Australian SF continues to flourish, even if it trails heroic fantasy in mass-market appeal.' Australian SF writers although published internationally, with a dedicated fan followings in USA, UK and Europe, were overlooked for a very long time by Australian multinational publishers. The international editions had to be imported and were then distributed in Australia (Congreve and Marquardt 8). Blackford in his chapter throws light on the history of Australian SF and observes how Australian SF writers, with their concern for the future, achieved a powerful synthesis in form and content. The progress of Australian SF, maturity of style in the work of younger writers, and massive worldwide sales make Blackford optimistic as he asserts that 'the best Australian writers in the genre will be prominent players on the world stage.' (Editor's foreword xii-xiii)
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