Damien Broderick

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Damien Broderick
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Born 22 April 1944
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Writer and editor
Nationality Australian
Genres Science Fiction & Popular Science

Damien Francis Broderick (born 22 April 1944) is an Australian science fiction[1] and popular science writer and editor of more than 50 books.[2] His science fiction novel The Dreaming Dragons (1980) introduced the trope of the generation time machine,[3] his The Judas Mandala (1982) is sometimes credited with the first appearance of the term "virtual reality,"[4] and his 1997 popular science book The Spike was the first to investigate the technological Singularity in detail.[5]

Broderick holds a Ph.D. in Literary Studies from Deakin University, Australia, with a dissertation relating to the comparative semiotics of scientific, literary, and science fictional textuality.[6] He was for several years a Senior Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.[7]

Broderick lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, tax attorney Barbara Lamar. He was the founding science fiction editor of the Australian popular-science magazine Cosmos from mid-2005 to December 2010.

Career[edit]

Five of Broderick's books have won Ditmar Awards (including the non-SF Transmitters, which was given a special award); the first, The Dreaming Dragons, was runner-up for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. He has also won the Aurealis award four times. In November 2003, Broderick was awarded a grant for 2004-05 by the Australia Council to write fiction exploring the technological singularity. In 2005 he received the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.[8] In 2010, he tied for second place in the juried Theodore Sturgeon Award for best sf short story of 2009,[9] and at the World Science Fiction Convention received the A. Bertram Chandler Memorial Award for 2010.[10]

Broderick's best-known works as a futurist and science writer are The Spike (1997; revised 2001), a nonfiction book about the technological singularity; The Last Mortal Generation (1999) on the prospect of radically extended youthful longevity; and Outside the Gates of Science, on the scientific evidence for some anomalous or paranormal phenomena (2007).

His recent critical studies, x, y, z, t: Dimensions of Science Fiction (2004), Ferocious Minds: Polymathy and the New Enlightenment (2005) and Unleashing the Strange (2009) were released by a small US press, Wildside. Several of his books feature cover art by Swedish transhumanist Anders Sandberg, including Earth is but a Star (2001), Broderick's anthology of science fiction stories, and thematically related critical discussions, concerned with the far future. In 2012, with Paul Di Filippo, he published Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, 1985-2010, which was short-listed for a 2013 Locus Award.[11]

His most recent novels are the diptych Godplayers (2005) (selected in the annual Recommended Reading List from Locus), and K-Machines (2006) (winner of the 2007 Aurealis Award for year's best sf novel), and, with Rory Barnes, a comic noir crime novel, I'm Dying Here: A Comedy of Bad Manners (2009), first released in very limited numbers as I Suppose a Root's Out of the Question? (2007). With his wife, Barbara Lamar, he wrote the near-future sf thriller Post Mortal Syndrome, serialized on line by Cosmos magazine (2007). He edited a book of original essays on the far future, Year Million (2008), which was favorably reviewed by Nature, the Wall Street Journal, etc. In 2010 Climbing Mount Implausible, a collection of mostly early stories, interspersed with memoir commentary, appeared from Borgo/Wildside Books, as did (in 2011) Embarrass My Dog, a collection of mostly early articles on sex, religion, and politics, framed by commentary recalling life in the 1960s and 1970s.

Broderick has also written radio plays, both adaptations of his own stories (including a 90-minute version of Transmitters) and original works. His commissioned drama Schrödinger's Dog, first broadcast in 1995, was Australia's entry in the Prix Italia; and his novella adaptation of the radio play, published the following year, was selected for Gardner Dozois' Year's Best Science Fiction collection for that year. His work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Lithuanian and Russian.

In 2009, he returned to short fiction, with five stories published in Asimov's magazine, one online at Tor.com, and several others elsewhere. Two of these stories were selected for three 2010 Year's Best anthologies. Another, "Under the Moons of Venus," appeared in five 2011 Year's Best anthologies. "The Beancounter's Cat" was selected in Gardner Dozois' 2012 Year's Best volume.

In 2013, his commissioned novella "Quicken," sequel to Grand Master Robert Silverberg's landmark 1974 novella "Born with the Dead," appeared as the second half of their composite novel, Beyond the Doors of Death. It was selected to close Gardner Dozois' 2014 Year's Best volume.

His first horror fiction, "The Unheimlich Maneuver," opens an original collection edited by Luis Ortiz, The Monkey's Other Paw: Revised Classic Stories of Dread and the Dead (2014).

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Godplayers (2005)
  • K-Machines (2006) - Aurealis award 2006
  • Post Mortal Syndrome (2007); on-line serialization, no longer available for download from Cosmos Magazine—with Barbara Lamar
    • first print edition (2011)
  • I'm Dying Here (2009)—with Rory Barnes
  • Human's Burden (2010)—with Rory Barnes
  • Beyond the Doors of Death (2013)—with Robert Silverberg
  • The Valley of the God of Our Choice, Inc. (forthcoming 2014)—with Rory Barnes

Radio and Film Scripts[edit]

  • Gaia to Galaxy (2012)
  • Restore Point (2012)

Children's books[edit]

  • Jack and the Aliens (2002)
  • Jack and the Skyhook (2003)

Short story collections[edit]

  • A Man Returned (1965)
  • The Dark Between the Stars (1991)
  • Uncle Bones: Four Science Fiction Novellas (2009) —Introduction by George Zebrowski
  • Climbing Mount Implausible: The Evolution of a Science Fiction Writer (2010) —Foreword by Russell Blackford
  • The Qualia Engine: Science Fiction Stories (2011) —Foreword by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Adrift in the Noösphere: Science Fiction Stories (2012) —Foreword by Rich Horton

Edited science fiction anthologies[edit]

  • The Zeitgeist Machine: A New Anthology of Science Fiction (1977)
  • Strange Attractors: Original Australian Speculative Fiction (1985)
  • Matilda at the Speed of Light: A New Anthology of Australian Science Fiction (1988)
  • Not the Only Planet: Science Fiction Travel Stories (1998)
  • Centaurus: Best of Australian Science Fiction (1999)—with David G. Hartwell
  • Earth is But a Star: Excursions through Science Fiction to the Far Future (2001)- Ditmar Award 2002
  • The Daymakers: Selected Stories from Science Fantasy (forthcoming 2014)—with John Boston

Edited nonfiction anthologies[edit]

  • Year Million: Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge (2008)
  • Chained to the Alien: The Best of Australian Science Fiction Review (Second Series) (2009)
  • Skiffy and Mimesis: More Best of Australian Science Fiction Review (Second Series) (2010)
  • Warriors of the Tao: Best of Science Fiction, A Review of Speculative Literature —with Van Ikin (2011)
  • Xeno Fiction: More Best of Science Fiction, A Review of Speculative Literature —with Van Ikin (2013)
  • Fantastika at the Edge of Reality: Yet More Best of Science Fiction, A Review of Speculative Literature —with Van Ikin (forthcoming 2014)
  • Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Artificial Minds —with Russell Blackford (Wiley, 2014)
  • Evidence for Psi: The Science of Psi, Volume I —with Ben Goertzel (McFarland, forthcoming 2014)
  • The Physics of Psi: The Science of Psi, Volume II —with Ben Goertzel (in preparation)

Nonfiction[edit]

  • The Lotto Effect: Towards a Technology of the Paranormal (1992)
  • The Architecture of Babel: Discourses of Literature and Science (1994)
  • Reading by Starlight: Postmodern Science Fiction (1995)
  • Theory and Its Discontents (1997)
  • The Spike: How Our Lives are being Transformed by Rapidly Advancing Technology (1997) (revised 2001)
  • The Last Mortal Generation (1999)
  • Transrealist Fiction (2000), about Transrealism
  • x, y, z, t: Dimensions of Science Fiction (2004)
  • Ferocious Minds: Polymathy and the New Enlightenment (2005)
  • "Cultural Dominants and Differential MNT Uptake" Essay at Wise Nano
  • Outside the Gates of Science: Why It's Time for the Paranormal to Come In From The Cold (2007)
  • Unleashing the Strange: Twenty-First Century Science Fiction Literature (2009)
  • Embarrass My Dog: The Way We Were, the Things We Thought (2011)
  • Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, 1985-2010—with Paul Di Filippo (2012)
  • Strange Highways: Reading Science Fantasy—with John Boston (2013)
  • Building New Worlds: New Worlds Science Fiction. The Carnell Era, Volume One—with John Boston (2013)
  • New Worlds: Before the New Wave. The Carnell Era, Volume Two—with John Boston (2013)
  • Knowing the Unknowable (in preparation)

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