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Issue Details: First known date: 1999... 1999 Down There in Darkness
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Notes

  • Dedication: This one is for Leanne Frahm, onetime pupil and excellent writer

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      • Publisher: Tor
      New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Tor ,
      1999 .
      Extent: 352p.
      Edition info: 1st ed.
      Note/s:
      • 'A Tom Doherty Associates book'.
      ISBN: 0312868294

Works about this Work

The Shield of Distance : Apocalypse in Australian Literature After 1945 Roslyn Weaver , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Apocalypse in Australian Fiction and Film : A Critical Study 2011; (p. 54-82)
'...One of the major themes of the Australian apocalyptic discourse is the nation's vulnerability to outside influence. In a sense, Australia's position on the edge of the globe not only excludes it from the world and its advantages but also shields the country from crises as a kind of utopian space free from harm, whereby the end of 'the world' can occur even if Australia still exists.

In the case studies in this chapter, the nation initially appears to be relatively utopian setting while war has destroyed the rest of the world, and the country's remote location seem to have protected it from the disaster elsewhere; yet this proves to be a false hope. Australia cannot escape catastrophe, and the authors suggest social and political complacency and indifference as the main reasons for collapse. In this way the novels function as warnings, using crisis to reveal dystopian futures. The associations these case studies make between disaster and Australia ultimately work to reinforce the concept that the nation is an apocalyptic space.' (54)
Scanners Bruce Gillespie , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: SF Commentary : The Independent Magazine About Science Fiction , August no. 80A 2010; (p. 71)

— Review of Down There in Darkness George Turner , 1999 single work novel ; Centaurus : The Best of Australian Science Fiction 1999 anthology short story
Scanners Bruce Gillespie , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: SF Commentary : The Independent Magazine About Science Fiction , August no. 80A 2010; (p. 71)

— Review of Down There in Darkness George Turner , 1999 single work novel ; Centaurus : The Best of Australian Science Fiction 1999 anthology short story
The Shield of Distance : Apocalypse in Australian Literature After 1945 Roslyn Weaver , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Apocalypse in Australian Fiction and Film : A Critical Study 2011; (p. 54-82)
'...One of the major themes of the Australian apocalyptic discourse is the nation's vulnerability to outside influence. In a sense, Australia's position on the edge of the globe not only excludes it from the world and its advantages but also shields the country from crises as a kind of utopian space free from harm, whereby the end of 'the world' can occur even if Australia still exists.

In the case studies in this chapter, the nation initially appears to be relatively utopian setting while war has destroyed the rest of the world, and the country's remote location seem to have protected it from the disaster elsewhere; yet this proves to be a false hope. Australia cannot escape catastrophe, and the authors suggest social and political complacency and indifference as the main reasons for collapse. In this way the novels function as warnings, using crisis to reveal dystopian futures. The associations these case studies make between disaster and Australia ultimately work to reinforce the concept that the nation is an apocalyptic space.' (54)
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