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y separately published work icon The Sea and Summer single work   novel   science fiction  
Alternative title: Drowning Towers
Issue Details: First known date: 1987... 1987 The Sea and Summer
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'Francis Conway is Swill—one of the millions in the year 2041 who must subsist on the inadequate charities of the state. Life, already difficult, is rapidly becoming impossible for Francis and others like him, as government corruption, official blindness and nature have conspired to turn Swill homes into watery tombs. And now the young boy must find a way to escape the approaching tide of disaster'. Source: bookseller's website.

Exhibitions

15866155
15826549

Notes

  • Dedication: For John Foyster who gave sound advice.
  • Epigraph: 'We must plan for five years ahead and twenty years and a hundred years.' --- Sir Macfarlane Burnett

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      England,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Boston, Massachusetts,
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      Faber ,
      1987 .
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      Extent: 318p.
      ISBN: 0571148468
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Avon Books ,
      1987 .
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      Alternative title: Drowning Towers
      Extent: 387p.
      Reprinted: 1996
      ISBN: 038078601X
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Arbor House ,
      1987 .
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      Alternative title: Drowning Towers
      Extent: 318p.
      Edition info: 1st U.S. ed.
      Reprinted: 1988
      ISBN: 1557100381
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Grafton Books ,
      1989 .
      Extent: 427p.
      ISBN: 0586203583
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Gollancz ,
      2013 .
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      Extent: 364p.p.
      ISBN: 9780575118690, 0575118695, 0575118709, 9780575118706
      Series: y separately published work icon SF Masterworks London : Gollancz , 1999- 9964670 1999 series - publisher
Alternative title: Le torri dell'esilio
Language: Italian
    • Milan,
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      Italy,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Longanesi ,
      1990 .
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      Extent: 372p.
      ISBN: 8830409553
    • Milan,
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      Italy,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      TEA ,
      1993 .
      image of person or book cover 8249856939650484696.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 372p.
      ISBN: 8878193305

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Works about this Work

Dystopic Optimism: A Duo Review Bill Tully , single work review
— Review of The Sea and Summer George Turner , 1987 single work novel
Nostalgic Narrative and Affective Climate SF in George Turner's The Sea and Summer Matthias Stephan , 2021 single work criticism
— Appears in: Science Fiction Studies , March vol. 48 no. 1 2021; (p. 109-123)

'This paper explores how George Turner's The Sea and Summer utilizes nostalgic narrative to develop an affective attachment to the climate disaster and instigates, in its narrative, meaningful change. Through a consideration of Svetlana Boym's reflective nostalgia, the affective response the novel activates, and the affect created by Gothic tropes, I suggest that this combination produces an exemplary response. The narrative presents a frame story set in a distant future after the melting of the Antarctic ice sheet, and the bulk of the prescient climate sf novel is presented as a novelistic rendering of this pre-apocalyptic scenario. This combination allows the reader to consider the temporal scale, producing a medium scale, which allows the reader to grasp the complexity of the problem without being overwhelmed by its vastness. I argue that rather than exorcising our fears, such literary narratives can make the realities of climate change more present to contemporary readers.' (Publication abstract)

'Dystopia' : A History of the Genre in (and) Australia Amy Schoonens , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond the Dark : Dystopian Texts in the Secondary English Classroom 2020; (p. 8-34)
Foreword Philip Mead , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond the Dark : Dystopian Texts in the Secondary English Classroom 2020; (p. viii-x)
Anthropocene and the End of the World : Apocalypse, Dystopia, and Other Disasters Kylie Crane , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Anglophone Literature and Culture in the Anthropocene 2019; (p. 158-175)
Analyses a series of Australian novels in terms of their dystopian approach to climate change.
Untitled Bruce Gillespie , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 257)

— Review of Transit of Cassidy George Turner , 1978 single work novel ; The Sea and Summer George Turner , 1987 single work novel
All Washed up in Bleak Tomorrows Colin Steele , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 February 1988; (p. B2)

— Review of The Sea and Summer George Turner , 1987 single work novel
Goodbye Lucky Country Bruce Gillespie , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , March no. 110 1988; (p. 83-84)

— Review of The Sea and Summer George Turner , 1987 single work novel
From the SF Orbit Colin Steele , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Book Magazine , Autumn vol. 1 no. 4 1988; (p. 10)

— Review of The Sea and Summer George Turner , 1987 single work novel
A Novel to be Read before High Tide John Hanrahan , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 16 January 1988; (p. 10)

— Review of The Sea and Summer George Turner , 1987 single work novel
A Letter from George Turner George Turner , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: Science Fiction : A Review of Speculative Literature , vol. 16 no. 2 (Issue 44) 2002; (p. 25-26)
Postcolonial Criticism, Ecocriticism and Climate Change : A Tale of Melbourne under Water in 2035 Anne Maxwell , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Postcolonial Writing , March vol. 45 no. 1 2009; (p. 15-26)
The difficulty that postcolonial critics have found in opposing the recent, aggressive phase of capitalism known as 'globalization' has led to a crisis in relevancy in the discipline. Engaging with ecocritical discourses is one way to overcome this crisis. Some postcolonial poets and writers are already working in this way, and although historically ecocriticism has posed problems for postcolonial critics, the changes that ecocriticism has recently undergone mean that such concerns are fading. An area of study that is especially promising for postcolonial critics is analysing apocalyptic dystopias that speculate on the dire social and physical consequences of global warming. Taking a text by a leading Australian author as an example, this article argues that criticism that combines postcolonial and ecocritical concepts is able not only to expose late capitalism's crucial role in global warming but also to show readers that the political choices they make now will have lasting consequences for the lifestyles of coming generations. -- Author's abstract
Judith Buckrich in Conversation with George Turner Judith Raphael Buckrich (interviewer), 1995 single work interview
— Appears in: Eidolon : The Journal of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy , Summer no. 16 1995; (p. 43-55) SF Commentary : The Independent Magazine About Science Fiction , no. 76 2000; (p. 114-119)
George Turner discusses his literary themes and writing methods.
The Fiction of the Future : Australian Science Fiction Russell Blackford , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 128-140)
'According to Russell Blackford 'commercial science fiction is the most international of literary forms.' He observes that 'Australian SF continues to flourish, even if it trails heroic fantasy in mass-market appeal.' Australian SF writers although published internationally, with a dedicated fan followings in USA, UK and Europe, were overlooked for a very long time by Australian multinational publishers. The international editions had to be imported and were then distributed in Australia (Congreve and Marquardt 8). Blackford in his chapter throws light on the history of Australian SF and observes how Australian SF writers, with their concern for the future, achieved a powerful synthesis in form and content. The progress of Australian SF, maturity of style in the work of younger writers, and massive worldwide sales make Blackford optimistic as he asserts that 'the best Australian writers in the genre will be prominent players on the world stage.' (Editor's foreword xii-xiii)
Morals, Ethics, and Viewpoints George Turner , Yvonne Rousseau , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Chained to the Alien : The Best of Australian Science Fiction Review 2009; (p. 52-69)

Awards

1988 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Australian Long Fiction
1988 winner International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize South-East Asia and South Pacific Region Best Book from the Region Award
1987 winner International Awards Arthur C. Clarke Award (US)
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