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Cat Sparks (a.k.a. Catriona Sparks) b. 1965 (81 works by fr. 2001)

With a BA in Visual Arts, Cat Sparks initially pursued a career as a graphic artist and photographer. After winning a Bulletin magazine photography competition (the prize being a trip to Paris), she was later appointed official photographer for two New South Wales premiers and engaged as photographer on three archaeological expeditions to Jordan. Sparks also won an Australian Science Fiction Achievement Awards for her artwork for the robot collage Cyberchick.

In the mid-late 1990s, Sparks began to develop an interest in writing, particularly in the speculative fiction genres. By the early 2000s, she had moved to Wollongong, where she and her partner, writer Robert Hood, set up the independent publishing company Agog! Press. The pair oversaw the release of ten anthologies between 2002 and 2008, at which time they closed Agog! down in order to concentrate on their individual writing projects.

A graduate of the inaugural Clarion South Writers' Workshop (Queensland) in 2004, Sparks has gone on to publish more than forty-five stories since 2000. Her first major award was the 2002 Ditmar Award (formerly the Australian Science Fiction Achievement Awards) for Best New Talent . After being nominated in 2002 for the Aurealis Peter MacNamara Conveners Award for services to the Australian science-fiction publishing industry, Sparks won the award in 2004. That same year, she also won third prize in the first quarter of the Writers of the Future competition. In all, Sparks has won more than ten awards for her stories since 2002, making her one of Australia's leading writers of speculative fiction.

Sparks has travelled widely throughout her life, including such destinations as Europe, the Middle East, Indonesia, the South Pacific, Mexico, and the lower states of North America.

Cat Sparks : Lotus Blue Keith Stevenson , single work essay
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , March 2017 2017
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Fire: An Interview with Cat Sparks single work interview
— Appears in: Studies in Australian Weird Fiction , no. 3 2009 2009 (p. 85-91)
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That Cat Sparks a World of Creativity Liliana Molina , single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 9 February 2016 2016 (p. 10)
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y separately published work icon Lotus Blue Cat Sparks , Manhattan : Talos Press , 2017 2017 single work novel science fiction y
y separately published work icon Agog! Fantastic Fiction : 29 Tales of Fantasy, Imagination and Wonder Wollongong : Agog! Press , 2002 2002 anthology short story science fiction horror fantasy y
y separately published work icon Fables and Reflections Claremont : Fables and Reflections , 2001- 2001 periodical (8 issues) y
y separately published work icon Orb : Speculative Fiction Magazine Preston : Orb Publications , 1999-2007 1999 periodical (8 issues) y
y separately published work icon Potato Monkey Darling Heights : Potato Monkey , 2001-2007 2001 periodical (5 issues) y
y separately published work icon Borderlands Nedlands : Borderlands Press , 2003-2009 2003 periodical (11 issues) y
y separately published work icon Sammarynda Cat Sparks , 2008-2014 2008 series - author short story y
James Francis Dwyer (a.k.a. J. F. Dwyer; James F. Dwyer) b. 22 Apr 1874 d. 11 Nov 1952 (266 works by fr. 1901)

James Francis Dwyer was educated in public schools in Campbelltown, New South Wales until the age of 14. He was then sent to live in Sydney with relatives and work as a publisher's clerk. He became a letter-carrier at Rockdale in 1892 and remained in suburban post offices until 1899, at which time he and two associates were convicted of forgery and uttering. Although sentenced to seven years in Grafton gaol he was released after only three.

Dwyer's decision to become a writer had apparently been sparked in the 1890s when he met Robert Louis Stevenson, but he did not begin this path until after being sent to prison. While there one of his poems was published in the Bulletin. He later contributed short stories, verse and 'pars' to the magazine under the names 'J.F.D.', 'Burglar Bill', 'D' and 'Marat' while working variously as a salesman, pigeon-buyer and signwriter. Befriended by a coterie of Bulletin writers he eventually turned to journalism, freelancing for Truth and Sydney Sportsman.

In 1906 Dwyer left Australia for London. Although he had some stories published there these met with little success. The following year he moved to New York, working as a streetcar conductor and in other jobs, while also selling stories. After winning a contest he received a commission to write for Boston's Black Cat magazine. His works later appeared in numerous magazines, ranging from Harper's Bazaar and Collier's to pulp fiction publications such as The Scrap Book, The American Magazine, Short Stories, The Blue Book Magazine, The Cavalier, Munsey's, The Argosy, The Red Book Magazine, The Green Book Magazine, Action Stories and The Popular Magazine.

Writing mainly in the mystery and adventure genres, Dwyer nevertheless also produced a number of speculative fiction works - primarily in the area of horror. To gather material for his settings he travelled in America and Europe. He also briefly revisited Australia in 1913.

In 1921 Dwyer and his second wife (and agent) Catherine Welch established the Dwyer Travel Letters to inform prospective American tourists about places in Europe. Dwyer settled at Pau, in the French Pyrenees, but his search for exotic settings and tourist information, and his wife's interests as a cultural historian, carried them through Europe, Asia and North Africa. Shortly after the war broke the pair escaped to England and later America. They returned to Pau in 1945. Four years later Dwyer published his autobiography, Leg-Irons on Wings.

[Source: Ken Stewart. 'Dwyer, Francis James (1874-1952)'. Australian Dictionary of Biography online]

y separately published work icon Hacks to the Max ( illus. Cat Sparks ) ,agent Albert Park : Mitch? , 2002 2002 anthology short story y
y separately published work icon Agog! Ripping Reads Wollongong : Agog! Press , 2006 2006 anthology short story science fiction fantasy horror y
Australian Speculative Fiction - A Rant Cat Sparks , single work column
— Appears in: ACTWrite , October vol. 13 no. 9 2007 2007 (p. 4-5)
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The Writers of the Future Cat Sparks , single work column
— Appears in: Newswrite : The NSW Writers' Centre Magazine , March no. 156 2006 2006 (p. 15)
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y separately published work icon The Scary Food Cookbook : A Compendium of Gastronomic Atrocity Wollongong : Agog! Press , 2008 2008 anthology short story y
y separately published work icon Ecopunk! Speculative Tales of Radical Futures Nedlands : Ticonderoga Publications , 2017 2017 anthology short story y
From Finger Painting to Small Press Cat Sparks , single work column
— Appears in: Fables and Reflections , September no. 3 2002 2002 (p. 53-54)
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y separately published work icon Mitch? : Tarts of the New Millennium. ( illus. Cat Sparks ) ,agent Watsonia : Mitch? , 2001 2001 anthology short story y
y separately published work icon Agog! Smashing Stories : New Australian Speculative Fiction Wollongong : Agog! Press , 2004 2004 anthology short story fantasy horror science fiction y
y separately published work icon The Bride Price Cat Sparks , Greenwood : Ticonderoga Publications , 2013 2013 selected work short story science fiction y
The Alabaster Child Cat Sparks , single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Gutshot Harrogate : PS Publishing , 2011 2011 (p. 33-50)
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Dragon Girl Cat Sparks , single work short story
— Appears in: The Never Never Land Canberra : CSFG Publishing , 2015 2015 (p. 289-298)
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y separately published work icon Agog! Terrific Tales : New Australian Speculative Fiction Wollongong : Agog! Press , 2003 2003 anthology short story novella fantasy horror science fiction y
A Lady of Adestan Cat Sparks , single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Orb : Speculative Fiction , no. 7 2006 2006
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Pod Cat Sparks , single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Ideomancer Unbound Fictionwise , 2003 2003
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Fuschia Spins by Moonlight Cat Sparks , single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Redsine , no. 7 2002 2002 (p. 51-65)
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Rat’s Nest Cat Sparks , single work short story
— Appears in: Potato Monkey : Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction , Winter no. 3 2003 2003
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Rites of Passage Cat Sparks , single work short story
— Appears in: Hacks to the Max Albert Park : Mitch? , 2002 2002 (p. 46-50)
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Palisade Cat Sparks , single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Clockwork Phoenix : Tales of Beauty and Strangeness Winnetka : Norilana Books , 2008 2008
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The Jarrah Run Cat Sparks , single work short story horror
— Appears in: Cock : Adventures in Masculinity Melbourne : Coeur de Lion , 2006 2006
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Gracelands Cat Sparks , single work short story fantasy horror
— Appears in: Dark Animus , May no. 3 2003 2003 (p. 45-50)
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And the Ship Sails On Cat Sparks , single work novella
— Appears in: Aurum : A Golden Anthology of Australian Fantasy Nedlands : Ticonderoga Publications , 2018 2018
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Arcana Cat Sparks , single work short story
— Appears in: Slow Dancing in Quicksand Mitch? , 2005 2005
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The Piano Song Cat Sparks , single work short story fantasy horror
— Appears in: Scenes from the Second Storey Norrkoping : Morrigan Press , 2010 2010 (p. 229-246)
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The Seventh Relic Cat Sparks , single work short story
— Appears in: Phantazein Mawson : FableCroft Publishing , 2014 2014 (p. 89-106)
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Sammarynda Deep Cat Sparks , single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Paper Cities : An Anthology of Urban Fantasy Hoboken : Senses Five Press , 2008 2008 (p. 79-95)
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Invasion of the Latte Snatchers Cat Sparks , single work short story
— Appears in: Mitch? : Tarts of the New Millennium. Watsonia : Mitch? , 2001 2001 (p. 11-18)
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Beautiful Cat Sparks , single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Anywhere but Earth : New Tales of Outer Space Kirrawee : Coeur de Lion , 2011 2011 (p. 25-40)
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Veteran's Day Cat Sparks , single work short story
— Appears in: Hear Me Roar Nedlands : Ticonderoga Publications , 2015 2015 (p. 163-178)
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Hollywood Hills Cat Sparks , single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Antipodean SF , December no. 45 2001 2001
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Dead Low Cat Sparks , single work short story horror
— Appears in: Midnight Echo : The Magazine of the Australian Horror Writers Association , November no. 6 2011 2011
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Scarp Cat Sparks , single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: The Bride Price Greenwood : Ticonderoga Publications , 2013 2013 (p. 201-226)
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y separately published work icon Ideomancer Unbound Fictionwise , 2003 2003 anthology short story fantasy science fiction y
The Birdcage Cat Sparks , single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Elsewhere : An Anthology of Incredible Places Latham : CSFG Publishing , 2003 2003 (p. 125-140)
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Hollywood Roadkill Cat Sparks , single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: On Spec , Summer vol. 19 no. 2 2007 2007
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Birthmark Cat Sparks , single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Antipodean SF , November no. 55 2002 2002
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