Abandoned post…

I’ve just scrapped about three thousand words of aborted attempts at a post on Australian SF. I want to talk about some of the thoughts that the panel on Australian fantasy at World Fantasy stirred up, but they lead down long blind alleys. The kind of questions related to the state of the field in this country at the moment, what ‘Australianness’ might mean, the persistent view that there is a single ‘scene’ here in Australia (despite the obvious fact that writers like Douglass and Dowling have nothing in common), and so on and so forth. Looking back at the panel, I’m convinced that the quality of answers given (at least by me) wasn’t what it might be. These are questions that inspire all kinds of knee jerk responses. More to think on, when I can…

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