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Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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Set in a pseudo-Victorian parallel world, a 'brilliant steam punk fantasy that will hook you from the very first page, set aboard a huge ship in which the elites live on the top decks while the Filthies toil below. Strong writing, a vivid alternative world and characters you'll never forget. (Libraries Australia record)

Notes

  • Prequel to Liberator.
  • Steampunk.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2009 .
      Image courtesy of Allen & Unwin
      Extent: 365p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 9781741757095 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

The Australian Horror Novel Since 1950 James Doig , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 112-127)
According to James Doig the horror genre 'was overlooked by the popular circulating libraries in Australia.' In this chapter he observes that this 'marginalization of horror reflects both the trepidation felt by the conservative library system towards 'penny dreadfuls,' and the fact that horror had limited popular appeal with the British (and Australian) reading public.' Doig concludes that there is 'no Australian author of horror novels with the same commercial cachet' as authors of fantasy or science fiction. He proposes that if Australian horror fiction wants to compete successfully 'in the long-term it needs to develop a flourishing and vibrant small press contingent prepared to nurture new talent' like the USA and UK small presses.' (Editor's foreword xii)
Novel Idea Shakes Up Short-List Sam Hall , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Illawarra Mercury , 15 April 2010; (p. 9)

Richard Harland talks about his novel, Worldshaker being shortlisted for the 2010 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards

The (Not-So-New) Steampunk Revolution James Roy , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 25 no. 2 2010; (p. 12-14)
Discusses steampunk writing world-wide and traces its hitory through speculative fiction.
Wizards, Vampires and Elbow Grease Susanne Gervay , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 42 no. 3 2010; (p. 20-22)
'Writing for children and young adults requires an ability to inspire wonder combined with deep reserves of patience, says Susanne Gervay.' ()
Untitled James Francis , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April vol. 88 no. 7 2009; (p. 36)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
Giving the Past a Shake-Up James Francis (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April vol. 88 no. 7 2009; (p. 37)
Shaken, Jolted and Wandering Marisa Pintado , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 30 May 2009; (p. 18)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel ; The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel
Following His Dream Jenna Thompson , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Wollongong and Northern Leader , 21 May no. 21 2009; (p. 26)
Getting to Know Richard Harland Felicity Banks (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: ACTWrite , August vol. 15 no. 7 2009; (p. 4)
Untitled Jason Nahrung , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 8 - 9 August 2009; (p. 21)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
[Untitled] Stella Lees , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 17 no. 3 2009; (p. 35)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
[Untitled] Anne Briggs , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 24 no. 2 2009; (p. 40)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
Untitled Lynne Babbage , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of The Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 53 no. 3 2009; (p. 37)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
Dreaming 'Worldshaker' Richard Harland , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 17 no. 4 2009; (p. 2-3)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel

Richard Harland reflects on writing Worldshaker, a 'very long story' based on ideas that came from 'a couple of dreams' (2). He describes three phases of writing the novel in terms of 'world building', 'growing of characters' and 'thematics' (2) and says one of its aims is to convey how 'childhood is far more precarious that we like to remember' (3). In this sense, Harland attempts to present 'growing up out of childhood [as] a time of strangeness, half facts and uncertainties' (3) through the genre of fantasy, which he says, has a tendency to 'bypass adult censorship and unlock forgotten memories' (3).

Centre Selection Lili Wilkinson , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Youth Literature , July no. 2 2009; (p. 20)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
Untitled Lorraine Dobbie , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 23 no. 2 2009; (p. 25)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
Untitled 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine , no. 43 2009; (p. 103)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
World Shaker by Richard Harland Jonathan Dean , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Infinitas Newsletter , August vol. 18 no. 8 2009; (p. 3)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
Untitled James Francis , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April vol. 88 no. 7 2009; (p. 36)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
Shaken, Jolted and Wandering Marisa Pintado , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 30 May 2009; (p. 18)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel ; The Lucky Ones Tohby Riddle 2009 single work novel
Untitled Jason Nahrung , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 8 - 9 August 2009; (p. 21)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
[Untitled] Stella Lees , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 17 no. 3 2009; (p. 35)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
[Untitled] Anne Briggs , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 24 no. 2 2009; (p. 40)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
Untitled Lynne Babbage , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of The Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 53 no. 3 2009; (p. 37)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
Dreaming 'Worldshaker' Richard Harland , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 17 no. 4 2009; (p. 2-3)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel

Richard Harland reflects on writing Worldshaker, a 'very long story' based on ideas that came from 'a couple of dreams' (2). He describes three phases of writing the novel in terms of 'world building', 'growing of characters' and 'thematics' (2) and says one of its aims is to convey how 'childhood is far more precarious that we like to remember' (3). In this sense, Harland attempts to present 'growing up out of childhood [as] a time of strangeness, half facts and uncertainties' (3) through the genre of fantasy, which he says, has a tendency to 'bypass adult censorship and unlock forgotten memories' (3).

Centre Selection Lili Wilkinson , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Youth Literature , July no. 2 2009; (p. 20)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
Untitled Lorraine Dobbie , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 23 no. 2 2009; (p. 25)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
Untitled 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine , no. 43 2009; (p. 103)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
World Shaker by Richard Harland Jonathan Dean , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Infinitas Newsletter , August vol. 18 no. 8 2009; (p. 3)

— Review of Worldshaker Richard Harland 2009 single work novel
Giving the Past a Shake-Up James Francis (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April vol. 88 no. 7 2009; (p. 37)
Following His Dream Jenna Thompson , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Wollongong and Northern Leader , 21 May no. 21 2009; (p. 26)
Getting to Know Richard Harland Felicity Banks (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: ACTWrite , August vol. 15 no. 7 2009; (p. 4)
Novel Idea Shakes Up Short-List Sam Hall , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Illawarra Mercury , 15 April 2010; (p. 9)

Richard Harland talks about his novel, Worldshaker being shortlisted for the 2010 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards

The (Not-So-New) Steampunk Revolution James Roy , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 25 no. 2 2010; (p. 12-14)
Discusses steampunk writing world-wide and traces its hitory through speculative fiction.
Wizards, Vampires and Elbow Grease Susanne Gervay , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 42 no. 3 2010; (p. 20-22)
'Writing for children and young adults requires an ability to inspire wonder combined with deep reserves of patience, says Susanne Gervay.' ()
The Australian Horror Novel Since 1950 James Doig , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 112-127)
According to James Doig the horror genre 'was overlooked by the popular circulating libraries in Australia.' In this chapter he observes that this 'marginalization of horror reflects both the trepidation felt by the conservative library system towards 'penny dreadfuls,' and the fact that horror had limited popular appeal with the British (and Australian) reading public.' Doig concludes that there is 'no Australian author of horror novels with the same commercial cachet' as authors of fantasy or science fiction. He proposes that if Australian horror fiction wants to compete successfully 'in the long-term it needs to develop a flourishing and vibrant small press contingent prepared to nurture new talent' like the USA and UK small presses.' (Editor's foreword xii)
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