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Is part of Space Demons Trilogy Gillian Rubinstein , 1986 series - author (number 1 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 1986... 1986 Space Demons
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'Space Demons is a computer game with a difference - a prototype directly imported from Japan, and designed to lock four unlikely protagonists, Andrew Hayford, Elaine Taylor, Ben Challis and Mario Ferrone, in deadly combat with the sinister forces of its artificial intelligence. As the game draws them into its powerful ambit, Andrew, Elaine, Ben, and Mario must confront the darker sides of their own natures.' (Publication summary)

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  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Adelaide, South Australia,: Omnibus/Puffin , 1986 .
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      Extent: 213p.
      Reprinted: 1987 twice , 1988 twice
      ISBN: 0140321993
    • Norwood, Norwood, Payneham & St Peters area, Adelaide - North / North East, Adelaide, South Australia,: Omnibus Books , 1991 .
      Extent: 213p.
      Reprinted: 1992 , 1993 , 1994 , 1995
      ISBN: 1862910979
Alternative title: Een supergevaarlijk spel
Language: Dutch
    • c
      Netherlands,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Clavis ,
      1988 .
      Extent: 205p.
      ISBN: 9068220470

Works about this Work

Cutting it in New Times : The Future of Children's Literature Kerry Mallan , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 16 no. 2 2006; (p. 5-16)
In regards to the future of children's literature, 'both its fiction and its scholarship' (5), Kerry Mallan considers three questions: 'How are new times impacting upon scholars in children's literature?; what new directions are offered by children's cultural texts?; what new tasks can we set ourselves [critics of children's literature] before they are set for us? (5). Mallan's main concern is that new skills are needed to navigate a course through 'the turbulent seas of research priorities' and 'appear relevant to new students and university administration' (6). In her discussion of how Internet fiction has 'contributed to the demise of traditional narrative authority and opened up new formulations of the role of readership in narrative' (10) Mallen refers to a number of International and Australians texts, including Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing (2000) and Gillian Rubinsteins' Space Demons (1986) and Sky Maze (1989). For Mallan, it is imperative that scholars in the field of children's literary criticism 'find new ways of making its presence felt both within the academy and outside of it' without adopting a 'defensive position'(14) however, she concludes by drawing attention to the 'lure of new texts, new technologies, new readings, new readers' suggesting it is equally important to consider just what exactly makes us always desire the 'new' over the 'old' (14).
'We Has Found the Enemy and They Is Us' : Virtual War and Empathy in Four Children's Science Fiction Novels Andrew M. Butler , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lion and the Unicorn , April vol. 28 no. 2 2004; (p. 171-185)
An examination of four novels, two British, one American and one Australian, from the perspective of postmodern virtual war and through the concepts of empathy and alterity.
Gillian Rubinstein : 'Playing the Game of Life' John Foster , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Adolescent Novel : Australian Perspectives 1997; (p. 197-204)
Serious Fantasy: Science Fiction and High Fantasy John Foster , Maureen Nimon , E. J. Finnis , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Children's Literature : An Exploration of Genre and Theme 1995; (p. 155-176)
Gillian Rubinstein and Her Women Barbara Minchinton , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , August-December vol. 5 no. 2-3 1994; (p. 113-124)
Minchinton examines the stereotyped portrayals of women (particularly mothers) and girls in Rubinstein's novels and questions if perhaps her representations stem from Rubinstein's own childhood experiences of abandonment, grief and loss. In particular, Minchinton addresses Rubinstein's idealised 'earth Mother' as a counterpoint to the harshly portrayed 'working' and 'absent' mothers and asks a pertinent question: ' where does the story end and the personal pain begin?' (113). Minchinton observes a slight progression in Rubinstein's body of work towards a more rounded representation of womanhood and female sexuality, however overall, she argues that Rubinstein's characters '...may as well be heroes [as] they are not specifically female at all' (122).
Untitled Russell Bond , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 2 no. 2 1987; (p. 24)

— Review of Space Demons Gillian Rubinstein , 1986 single work novel
Australian Children's Book Awards : The 1987 shortlist Margaret Dunkle , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 91 1987; (p. 29-32)

— Review of Riverman Allan Baillie , 1986 single work novel ; Creatures in the Beard Margaret Wild , 1986 single work picture book ; Kojuro and the Bears Helen Smith (translator), 1987 single work picture book ; The Wild Bob Graham , 1986 single work picture book ; All About Anna and Harriet and Christopher and Me Libby Hathorn , 1986 single work children's fiction ; Melissa's Ghost Michael Dugan , 1986 single work children's fiction ; Blue Days Donna Sharp , 1986 single work novel ; Space Demons Gillian Rubinstein , 1986 single work novel ; Taronga Victor Kelleher , 1986 single work novel ; My Sister Sif Ruth Park , 1986 single work novel ; All We Know Simon French , 1986 single work children's fiction ; Animalia Graeme Base , 1986 single work picture book ; Farmer Schulz's Ducks Colin Thiele , 1986 single work picture book ; Pigs Might Fly Emily Rodda , 1986 single work children's fiction ; Sister Madge's Book of Nuns Doug MacLeod , 1986 selected work poetry ; Boss of the Pool Robin Klein , 1986 single work children's fiction ; Murgatroyd's Garden Judy Zavos , 1986 single work picture book ; The Nativity Ron Lander , 1986 single work picture book
Untitled Janet Adams , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: Review Bulletin , vol. 87 no. 1 1987; (p. 28)

— Review of Space Demons Gillian Rubinstein , 1986 single work novel
Demons Made Him Do It Stephanie Owen Reeder , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: Times on Sunday , 1 June 1987; (p. 33)

— Review of Space Demons Gillian Rubinstein , 1986 single work novel
Scary and Serious Books for Young Adults Stephanie Lower , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Boston Globe , 4 September 1988; (p. A13)

— Review of Space Demons Gillian Rubinstein , 1986 single work novel
The Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 1987 : The Short Lists Jo Goodman , 1987 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 2 no. 2 1987; (p. 12-13)
Know the Author : Gillian Rubinstein Alfred R. Mappin (interviewer), 1989 single work interview
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 4 no. 3 1989; (p. 18-20)
A Hero is a Man...??? Gillian Rubinstein , 1993 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 8 no. 2 1993; (p. 5-9)
form y separately published work icon Meet the Author : Gillian Rubinstein Meet Gillian Rubinstein Sue Wighton (interviewer), ( dir. Sue Wighton ) Brisbane : Queensland Department of Education , 1993 Z1376174 1993 single work film/TV interview

Children's author Gillian Rubinstein discusses the inspiration behind some of her stories, notably Space Demons and Answers to Brut. She also answers questions from students.

Living with Ourselves : Recent Australian Science Fiction for Children and Young People Maureen Nimon , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Children's Literature Association Quarterly , vol. 15 no. 4 1990; (p. 185-189)
Nimon observes that Australian science fiction for children tends to present futuristic narratives that are 'earthbound' rather than 'launching into the void between the stars or touching down on remote and wonderous planets' (185). She claims that writers of juvenile science fiction 'find Australia itself to be a challenging terrain...a continent whose people are neither comfortable nor assured in their possession of it' (185). Following a discussion of novels by Lee Harding (Displaced Persons, Waiting for the End of the World), Victor Kelleher (Taronga, The Makers), and Gillian Rubinstein (Beyond the Labyrinth, Skymaze and Space Demons), Nimon claims that as well as the tendency of Australian science fiction for children to remain earthbound, there is a pervasive theme of individualization, 'where the dangers encountered and the foes met are the powers of our own desires and weaknesses; we battle to control our unruly selves' and as such, 'the future lies in our own hands' (188).
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