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Born in Melbourne in 1944, Damien Broderick attended Monash University where he co-edited the student newspaper Lot's Wife. He holds a PhD from Deakin University in the comparative semiotics of science and literature, with particular attention to science fiction. He had a brief career in journalism before becoming a full-time writer, mainly of science fiction. Broderick's strong Catholic upbringing and his hunger for SF were the two major influences in his early life that propelled him into a career as a fiction writer. He has become one of the leading writers of Australian SF, which can stand for science fiction or Broderick's preferred term, speculative fiction. His work has been widely anthologised in Australian and overseas publications.
Among Broderick's many published works are the novels Sorcerer's World (1970), The Dreaming Dragons (1980), The Judas Mandala (1982), Transmitters (1984), The Dark Between the Stars (1991) and The Book of Revelation (1999). His novels depend on complex plots involving several forms of time travel and parallel or altered realities. The Dreaming Dragons was runner-up in the worldwide John W Campbell Memorial Prize for science fiction. The White Abacus (1997) is a futuristic version of Shakespeare's Hamlet. He has collaborated with Rory Barnes, a colleague from Monash student days, on several publications including Valencies (1983) and Zones (1997).
His non-fiction includes The Architecture of Babel (1994), which gives his view of post-structuralist literary and cultural theory, finding it to be in tension with the philosophy of scientific realism. A stronger critique of this theory can be found in Theory and Its Discontents (1997). He has also written The Spike : Accelerating into the Unimaginable Future (1997), a closely argued exposition about how our lives are being changed by rapidly advancing technologies and The Last Mortal Generation (1999).
Broderick, who has been awarded many fellowships and writing grants has been described as 'the enfant terrible' of Australian SF, taking the genre to the boundaries of its imaginative potential.
yK-MachinesNew York (City):Thunder's Mouth Press,2006Z12897652006single work novel science fiction
'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.'
Cosmos is a 'monthly magazine, produced by Luna Media Pty Ltd, a specialist publishing house in Sydney, Australia.' The magazine's focus is on developments in science and it includes a regular contribution from science-fiction authors.
yGodplayersNew York (City):Thunder's Mouth Press,2005Z12897842005single work novel science fiction
'August Seebeck is in his twenties, a man of average looks, intellect, and outlook. Then comes the claim of his great-aunt Tansy that she has been finding corpses each Saturday night in her bath which vanish by morning. August dismisses this tale as elderly fantasy until he stumbles upon a corpse being shoved into the second-floor bathroom of his aunt's house. Even that wouldn't faze him, but then someone steps out of the bathroom mirror.'
'August suddenly discovers he is a Player in the multiuniverse Contest of Worlds. He plumbs the secrets of a cosmos revealed as ultimately computational, learns of the bitter enmity between Vorpal Players and the vicious K-Machines, meets the Good Machine that killed everyone on one world, and brings himself back from the dead.'