Lee Harding began writing stories when he was eight and purchased his first typewriter at twelve, determined to become a writer. However his first career was in photography, a profession he followed until 1969. Between 1971 and 1975 he worked as an assistant manager for Space Age Books, a Melbourne bookshop specialising in fantasy and science fiction. During this period he began writing for children and had a number of short science-fiction stories published in British and American magazines. He became a full-time writer in 1978.
Harding has edited several significant Australian science fiction anthologies, including Beyond Tomorrow (1975) and Rooms of Paradise (1978), and has written a number of science fiction novels for adults and children.
Harding has won awards for his books, as well as a number of writing fellowships from the Australia Council. Several of his stories and novels were adapted for radio broadcast in the late 1970s. Some of Harding's novels have been translated into German, Danish and Swedish.
Displaced Person1979single work novel young adult science fiction fantasy As everything around him grows gray and insubstantial, a teenage boy wonders whether the world is going crazy or he is. Then, 'within his twilight world, the narrator encounters two guides: a delinquent girl and an old tramp reminiscent of those in Celtic folktales'. Source: 'Forms of Power in Recent Australian Science Fiction'.
'"A multitude of possible worlds" ... Do these words indicate the truth behind the mysterious Wall that is stretched across the valley? The Wall that glows with such a supernal splendour above the shallow lake beneath it, and yet appears as insubstantial as the dew?
'In a time and place that seem remotely familiar, two Scientists, Master Asquith and his pupil, sixteen-year-old Conrad le Jeune, ride from the College at Abingdon to carry out their investigation beneath the very eyes of the Church: for the valley of the Wall is close by the Monastery of St Germaine. And in their quest for the truth they encounter a knight of the realm, Ramon de Vargas and his daughter, Donella - an encounter that is to involve the young student in a desperate venture beyond anything he had imagined, leading him at last to the terrifying Fortress at the end of time.
'Is the Wall in truth the 'miracle' the Abbot of St Germaine declares it to be, a vision of supernatural beauty; or is it a creation of the Devil, a scabrous, weeping wound suspended in the sky? It is left to Conrad to discover the truth, as he treads at last a desolate plain haunted by half-human creatures.'