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Dreaming down-under
Dann, Jack.
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor, 2001.

Physical Description:
x, 550 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Entre les beaux morts en vie (among the beautiful living dead) / Sean Williams -- The dancing floor / Cherry Wilder -- Descent / Cecily Scutt -- The soldier in the machine / Russell Blackford -- Matilda told such dreadful lies / Lucy Sussex -- The womb / Damien Broderick -- A walk-on part in the war / Stephen Dedman -- Wired dreaming / Paul Collins -- The body politic / Tess Williams -- The truth about Weena / David J. Lake -- The marsh runners / Paul Brandon -- Prelude to a nocturne / Rowena Cory Lindquist -- Real men / Rosaleen Love -- The latest dream I ever dreamed / Norman Talbot -- Ma Rung / Steven Paulsen -- Dream, until God burns / Andrew Enstice -- Night of the wandjina / Wynne Whiteford -- To Avalon / Jane Routley -- He tried to catch the light / Terry Dowling -- The third rail / Aaron Sterns -- Jetsam / Kerry Greenwood -- And now doth time waste me / George Turner -- The man who lost his shadow / Isobelle Carmody -- Unborn again / Chris Lawson -- The evil within / Sara Douglass -- Two recipes for magic beans / Rosaleen Love -- The doppelgänger effect / Dirk Strasser -- Tamed / Robert Hood -- Queen of soulmates / Sean McMullen -- The last dance / Ian Nichols -- With clouds at our feet / Simon Brown.
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PR9612.6.S34 D74 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Despite not having been published outside of Australia, Dreaming Down-Under won the 1999 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology, and stories from its pages have appeared in many Year's Best anthologies. Now we can enjoy this excellent anthology without a round-the-globe trip.Internationally acclaimed author Harlan Ellison recently declared that this is the Golden Age of Australian Science Fiction. Dreaming Down-Under showcases this Golden Age with thirty-one exciting original stories by both acknowledged masters and hot new writers from -- where else? -- Down-Under.

Author Notes

Jack Dann is a science fiction writer and editor who was born in 1945 in Johnson City, New York, and now lives on a farm in Victoria, Australia. He is a multiple award winning author who has written or edited over 65 books, which have been translated into thirteen languages. His short stories have appeared in major magazines and anthologies including Omni, Asimov's F&SF, Penthouse, and Playboy. His historical fiction novel about Leonardo da Vinci, The Memory Cathedral, won the 1996 Australian Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel and was number one on the Age bestseller list. His novella 'Da Vinci Rising', which integrates several sections of The Memory Cathedral with some new material, won the 1996 Nebula Award, making him the first Australian resident to win this award. He has received the Australian Aurealis Award twice, the Ditmar Award three times, and the World Fantasy Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This collection of 27 stories intends to be the standard-bearer for Australian sf and fantasy, and pretty much succeeds. The first five stories respectively concern the undead, alien contact, a visit to Hell, cyberpunk mixed with military sf, and--for variety, you see--an authentically Australian theme in a satirical fantasy spun out of "Waltzing Matilda." Elsewhere, there is more Australiana: an 85-year-old contributor offers a literally dark fantasy based on his experiences in the outback when much of it was still several days from the nearest electric light. The editors' introductions and the authors' afterwords strive industriously for significance but add considerably to American knowledge of the Australian sf community and its place in the worldwide sf scene. Overall, the volume is a credit to its contributors, editors, and publishers alike, one that should please plenty of readers and prove valuable to classroom studies of sf. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

Evoking the Golden Age breakthrough in the pages of Astounding Science Fiction during the 1940s, Harlan Ellison in his preface declares the present-day as the "Golden Age of Australian science fiction." This anthology of contemporary speculative writing from down underD200,000 words of original fiction with an added 20,000 words of introductory notes and author afterwordsDattempts to raise the bar to that standard. Previously published by HarperCollins Australia (1998), this mammoth volume won two Australian Science Fiction Achievement Awards (Best Artwork, Best Anthology) and topped that by also winning the World Fantasy Award. Not all the 31 tales take place down in Australia: Isabelle Carmody finds poetry in Prague's Kafkaesque labyrinths as "The Man Who Lost His Shadow" learns "it is we who need our shadows, not they us." In Aaron Stearns's "The Third Rail," NYC subway paranoia erupts into horror. George Turner's 1997 death cut short work on his novella about eternal life, so essays by Bruce Gillespie and Judith Raphael Buckrich explore possible paths of Turner's unfinished work. The stories, already surfacing in other anthologies and novel expansions, are strong throughout. Comparisons with the "New Wave" experiments in Ellison's trendsetting Dangerous Visions (1967) are inevitable, and Ellison sees this book as a similar groundbreaker, a "huge testament to the new order of things literary in this genre." This is a potent package, and even readers skeptical of all the hype won't be disappointed. (Feb. 23) Forecast: Word of mouth, previous glowing reviews and a shelf of impressive awards all bode well, while the timing couldn't be better, as CBS's Survivor: The Australian Outback, kicks off right after the Super Bowl. Expect significant interest. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved