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Eugen Bacon Eugen Bacon i(8006428 works by) (a.k.a. Eugen M. Bacon)
Gender: Female
Heritage: African
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BiographyHistory

Eugen Bacon earned a Master of Arts (MA), Writing at Swinburne University of Technology.

In 2018, it was announced that Atlanta-based Meerkat Press would publish Bacon's novel, then titled A Woman's Choice (a 'speculative fiction novel with elements of fantasy, science fiction, and magical realism', according to the publisher's website), in 2019. The novel was subsequently published as Claiming T-Mo, and followed by collections of short stories and the Afrofuturist novel Mage of Fools.

Exhibitions

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2022 finalist The Joanne Burns Award
2020 shortlisted Ditmar Awards William Atheling Jr Award for 'Writing Speculative Fiction' (Red Globe Press).
2019 finalist Australian Shadows Award Non-fiction for ' Horror and the paranormal', chapter 8 of Writing Speculative Fiction.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Danged Black Thing Yarraville : Transit Lounge , 2021 21996700 2021 selected work short story

'Danged Black Thing is an extraordinary collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, patriarchy and womanhood, from a remarkable and original voice. Traversing the West and Africa, they celebrate the author’s own hybridity with breathtaking sensuousness and lyricism.

'Simbiyu wins a scholarship to study in Australia, but cannot leave behind a world of walking barefoot, orange sun and his longing for a ‘once pillow-soft mother’. In his past, a darkness rose from the river, and something nameless and mystical continues to envelop his life. In ‘A Taste of Unguja’ sweet taarab music, full of want, seeps into a mother’s life on the streets of Melbourne as she evokes the powers of her ancestors to seek vengeance on her cursed ex. In the cyberfunk of ‘Unlimited Data’ Natukunda, a village woman, gives her all for her family in Old Kampala.  Other stories explore with power what happens when the water runs dry – and who pays, capture the devastating effects on women and children of societies in which men hold all the power, and themes of being, belonging, otherness.

'Speculative, realistic and even mythological, but always imbued with truth, empathy and Blackness, Danged Black Thing is a literary knockout.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 finalist Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Best Collection
2021 finalist Australian Shadows Award Collection Also finalist: Seeds from Aotearoa author Tabatha Wood.
y separately published work icon Ivory's Story England : NewCon Press , 2020 20230446 2020 single work novel detective fantasy

'Long ago, a good man transgressed and was brutally punished, his physical form killed and his soul split asunder. Now, one half of his ancient soul seeks to reunite with its lost twin, a search that leaves murder in its wake…

'In the streets of modern day Sydney a killer stalks the night, slaughtering innocents, leaving bodies mutilated. The victims seem unconnected, yet Investigating Officer Ivory Tembo is convinced the killings are anything but random. The case soon leads Ivory into places she never imagined. In order to stop the killings and save the life of the man she loves, she must reach deep into her past, uncover secrets of her heritage, break a demon’s curse, and somehow unify two worlds.

'Ivory's Story deftly combines the contemporary thriller with darker, older traditions, and marks the arrival of an exciting new voice on the genre fiction scene.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 shortlisted British Science Fiction Association Awards Short Fiction
y separately published work icon Hadithi & the State of Black Speculative Fiction United Kingdom (UK) : Luna Press Publishing , 2020 20230178 2020 selected work short story essay

'Hadithi [n. fable, story] is a new hybrid birthed from the collaboration of two writers with heritage in the African diaspora.

'It features seven short stories - three original - of ancestry, soul, continuity, discontinuity as well as steampunk, cyberfunk and a dieselfunk superhero story set in the ‘20s, together with a scholarly dialogue on the global state of black speculative fiction. Hadithi offers the kind of afrofuturistic diversity you might expect from a duality of curious writers unafraid to cross the borders of normalcy.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 finalist Australian Shadows Award Edited Publication
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