The Best Australian Science Fiction

by Rob Gerrand (Editor) | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 1863953019 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winggoldenwattlewing of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on 7/25/2010
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2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by winggoldenwattlewing from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Sunday, July 25, 2010
The best science fiction flies far beyond the boundaries of outer space in this collection of top Australian science fiction from the past fifty years. Stories include: * a cautionary tale of greed and diamonds by Jack Dann * what it means to be civilized by A. Bertram Chandler * proof that manned flight was invented in the Middle Ages Other contributors include: Peter Carey, Greg Egan, Pip Maddern, Norma Hemming, George Tuner, Jack Wodhams, David Lake, Erle Cox, Lucy Sussex,Randal Flynn, John Baxter, Frank Bryning and many more.

Photograph: Shine Dome - Australian Academy of Science, with in foreground Delorean car (Back to the Future) belonging to author Matthew Reilly, and Darth Vader (Star Wars). I left the book here.

Journal Entry 2 by winggoldenwattlewing at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Saturday, August 07, 2010
Well I finished this thick book, although I didn't finish a few individual stories. I had hoped that The Best Australian Science Fiction of fifty years would have been better. I found the more recent stories more readable. The earlier stories were dingy, for want of a better word. I hadn't read science fiction for some years and reading the earlier stories brought the dingy atmosphere back to me. Why did the writers of the 1950s and 60s see science fiction this way? The later stories have moved on from this stereotype and are better for that. My favourite was the last story in the collection, "Tower of Wings" by Sean McMullen.

Photograph: Shine Dome - Australian Academy of Science, with the SF character, Solar Flare.

It is Science Week. The daleks have landed.
The book was picked up while I was there, but I missed seeing who caught it. Perhaps it was Darth Vader, K9, Dr Who, Solar Flare. I saw them all there. Or maybe it was beamed up.

Australian Academy of Science

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Photograph: Inside the Shine Dome - Australian Academy of Science, with daleks.

Journal Entry 4 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Monday, April 18, 2011
Although it has been a long time since this book has been out in the wild it is now once again free!
Being the first time I really put my head into some science fiction I would say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I must confess that some stories I did skip over but others totally enthralled me.
I'm not very good at writing reviews but to anyone who collects this book they will be in for a great collection of Australian Science Fiction. Fanciful tales that take you back into the medieval times and journeys into parallel future eons away are just the beginning.
Thank you for this experience, I will be keeping my eyes open for more ‘BookCrossing’ books lying in wait in future.

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