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A reference work tracing the contributions of significant Australian science fiction writers during the period 1892-1980. This essay is based on George Turner's 'Science Fiction in Australia : A Complete Survey' (published in SF Commentary 55/56, 1979) and on the paper he delivered in 1981 to the 'Conference on Speculative Fiction: The Australian Context' (held by the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra on 18 July 1981). Bruce Gillespie has edited these two works into one article to provide a counterweight to Australian SF 'history' from the limited viewpoint of the 1990s.