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George Turner George Turner i(A24113 works by) (a.k.a. George Reginald Turner; G.R. Turner)
Born: Established: 16 Oct 1916 Melbourne, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 1997 Ballarat, Ballarat area, Ballarat - Bendigo area, Victoria,
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

George Turner was born in Melbourne, but spent the first six years of his life in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. After returning to Melbourne he was educated at several schools before beginning work in 1933 as an office boy at The Herald and Weekly Times. He was dismissed four years later and worked as a casual waiter until 1939 when he joined the army, serving in the Middle East, Africa and New Guinea.

After the war Turner worked in Wangaratta, Victoria, as an employment officer, a factory hand, and a laboratory assistant while working sporadically on his first novel, Young Man of Talent (1959). Turner's first novels attracted little attention, but his third novel, The Cupboard under the Stairs, was widely admired, winning the Miles Franklin Award in 1962. Moving back to Melbourne to work as an employment officer for Volkswagen, Turner completed his Treelake tetralogy, a series set in a fictional Victorian town of that name. But despite this success, it took Turner almost a decade to find a publisher for his last mainstream novel, Transit of Cassidy (1979). Except for the autobiographical In the Heart or in the Head (1984), Turner would write science fiction for the remainder of his life.

A science fiction addict, Turner began writing reviews and criticism for the Australian Science Fiction Review in 1967. When he published his first science fiction novel in 1978 he had become a highly regarded critic and reviewer, appearing regularly in science fiction magazines and the Melbourne Age. He wrote eight science fiction novels, consolidating his international reputation with with a Commonwealth Writers prize and an Arthur C. Clarke Award for The Sea and Summer (1987). In 1997, his death from a stroke was mourned by science fiction fans all over the world.

Turner's published essays include: 'Frederick Pohl as a Creator of Future Societies' (Steller Gauge, 1980).

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

1994 A. Bertram Chandler Award
1986 winner Ditmar Awards William Atheling Jr Award For 'Neuromancer' [review?]
1981 joint winner Ditmar Awards William Atheling Jr Award For 'Samuel Delany: Victim of Great Applause, published in SF Commentary no.58, February 1980.

Awards for Works

Genetic Soldier 1994 single work novel science fiction

'Returning to an overpopulated Earth after an unsuccessful, seven-century search for habitable planets, the crew of the starship Search is confronted by a hostile, anarchistic Earth culture that resists their peaceful overtures.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1995 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Australian Long Fiction
1994 honour list International Awards James Tiptree, Jr Award
The Destiny Makers 1993 single work novel science fiction 'In the era of "the big squeeze" - when an environmentally ravaged Earth groans beneath the weight of twelve billion people - two men control the destiny of humankind. One was recently senile ... the other is going insane' (www.goodreads.com).

'The story is told mainly from the vantage point of Melbourne policeman Harry Ostrov, who becomes embroiled, via protecting the illegally rejuvenated father of the Victorian Premier, in a massive conspiracy of a "final solution" that not only involves Australia but also the rest of the world' (Colin Steele, SF Commentary No 77, p.52).
1994 winner Ditmar Awards Best Australian Long Fiction
Brain Child 1991 single work novel science fiction crime

'David Chance, the unknowing offspring of a long-forgotten experiment that produced genetically engineered child geniuses, learns terrible secrets about his own conception and discovers the horrifying course that human history is taking.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1992 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Australian Long Fiction
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