Van Ikin

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Van Ikin (born 25 November 1951) is an academic and science fiction writer and editor. A Professor in English at the University of Western Australia, he retired from teaching in 2015 and is now a Senior Honorary Research Fellow.[1] He has acted as supervisor for several Australian writers completing their post-graduate degrees and doctorates — including science fiction and fantasy writers Terry Dowling, Stephen Dedman, and Dave Luckett — and received the University's Excellence in Teaching Award for Postgraduate Research Supervision in 2000.

Ikin is probably best known for his editorship of the long-running critical journal Science Fiction - A Review of Speculative Fiction. He has reviewed science fiction and fantasy for The Sydney Morning Herald since 1984.

Critical works[edit]

  • Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction (with Russell Blackford & Sean McMullen) Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.
  • Warriors of the Tao: The Best of Science Fiction, A Review of Speculative Fiction (with Damien Broderick) (Borgo Press, 2011).
  • Xeno Fiction: More Best of Science Fiction, A Review of Speculative Literature —with Damien Broderick (Wildside/Borgo, 2013)
  • Fantastika at the Edge of Reality: Yet More Best of Science Fiction, A Review of Speculative Literature —with Damien Broderick (Wildside, 2014)
  • Other Spacetimes: Interviews with Speculative Fiction Writers —with Damien Broderick (Wildside, forthcoming 2015)

Magazines edited[edit]

Anthologies edited[edit]

  • Australian Science Fiction (University of Queensland Press, 1981; reprint, Academy Editions, US, 1984).
  • Glass Reptile Breakout (Centre for Studies in Aust Literature, University of WA, 1990)
  • Mortal Fire: Best Australian SF (with Terry Dowling) (Hodder/Coronet, 1993).



  • Paul Collins (ed). The MUP Encyclopedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy Melbourne, Vic: Melbourne University Press, 1998, p. 94.

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