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Robert Hoge is an Australian speculative-fiction writer, who has also been editor of the Australian speculative-fiction magazine Aurealis. He has worked as a media advisor for the Queensland Government, a journalist, a speechwriter, a public-relations officer, and a science writer for the CSIRO. Robert Hoge was born with deformed legs and a facial tumour, and has written about his experiences as a person with a disability.

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y separately published work icon Ugly Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2015 9051462 2015 single work autobiography young adult

'A beaut story about one very ugly kid.

'Robert Hoge was born with a tumour in the middle of his face, and legs that weren't much use. There wasn't another baby like him in the whole of Australia, let alone Brisbane. But the rest of his life wasn't so unusual: he had a mum and a dad, brothers and sisters, friends at school and in his street. He had childhood scrapes and days at the beach; fights with his family and trouble with his teachers.

'He had doctors, too: lots of doctors who, when he was still very young, removed that tumour from his face and operated on his legs, then stitched him back together. He still looked different, though. He still looked ... ugly.

'Ugly is the true story of how an extraordinary boy grew up to have an ordinary life, and how that became his greatest achievement of all. ' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted YABBA Fiction for Older Readers
2016 honour KOALA Awards Older Readers
y separately published work icon Aurealis : Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction 1990 Mount Waverley : Chimaera Publications , Z868389 1990 periodical science fiction (130 issues)

Australia's longest-running and most successful science-fiction/fantasy magazine, Aurealis was founded in 1990 by Stephen Higgins and Dirk Strasser. Undaunted by the continued failure of similar magazines leading up to the end of the 1980s, Higgins and Strasser aimed to provide writers in those genres with the opportunity to have their works published and to help expand the readership of Australian fantasy and science fiction. Aurealis was also established as a vehicle for identifying and promoting emerging talent. The pair were able to get the magazine off the ground through the assistance of grants from the Victorian government, thus enabling them to offer payment to contributors.

Contributors to Aurealis over the years have included significant and influential Australian writers such as George Turner, Michael Pryor, Terry Dowling, Sean Williams, Greg Egan, Sean McMullen, Lucy Sussex, and Stephen Dedman (qq.v.). The reputation of the magazine was consolidated in 1995 with the inaugural Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction for Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Higgins and Stresser announced their intention to sell Aurealis in 2001 so that they could concentrate on Chimaera Publications (the company they set up to publish Aurealis) and other projects. However, the sale was postponed indefinitely when Keith Stevenson offered to take over their editorial duties. Since 2005, the magazine has been edited by a various of editorial teams, including the pairings of Ben Payne and Robert Hoge, and of Stephen Higgins and Stuart Mayne.

In October 2011 Dirk Strasser announced in the Editorial for No.45 that Aurealis had become an epublication.

1999 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Australian Magazine or Anthology
1993 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Australian Fanzine
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