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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2 November 2018 of The Conversation est. 2011 The Conversation
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How Speculative Fiction Gained Literary Respectability, Rose Michael , single work column

'I count myself lucky. Weird, I know, in this day and age when all around us the natural and political world is going to hell in a handbasket. But that, in fact, may be part of it.

'Back when I started writing, realism had such a stranglehold on publishing that there was little room for speculative writers and readers. (I didn’t know that’s what I was until I read it in a reader’s report for my first novel. And even then I didn’t know what it was, until I realised that it was what I read, and had always been reading; what I wrote, and wanted to write.) Outside of the convention rooms, that is, which were packed with less-literary-leaning science-fiction and fantasy producers and consumers.'  (Introduction)

Section: Friday essay
Anne Summers’ New Memoir and the Bitter Struggle Over Memory Narratives of Feminism, Camilla Nelson , single work column

'Years ago, when I was young, I lived in an apartment in Sydney’s Potts Point that looked straight down into Anne Summers’ house. Summers had recently published her “Letter to the Next Generation” – and it’s likely that any discomfort not arising from the strange proximity of our urban views was directly attributable to this.'   (Publication summary)

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