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Archiving Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy (short stories)

I've been trying to collate some information for some media kits for Twelfth Planet Press and was hunting around for resource material. Thanks to responders on Twitter, I got started on making the following list. I'm particularly interested in the number of female Australian authors who have been collected. I started making a list and I noticed it was longer than I thought it would be and also that I hadn't heard much about at least half of them. I went on to make the male author list for comparison and that's when things got interesting, to me.

A big thank you to bluetyson who has an extremely comprehensive list over at his Australian SF Reader blog. Also thanks to charlesatan  nyssa_p and Bookbuster for links and directions for query.

This is just my first cut, please let me know what I have forgotten, or gotten wrong.

Australian Female Authors:

Barbara Baynton - BUSH STUDIES (1902)
Deborah Biancotti - A Book of Endings
Carmel Bird - Births, Deaths and Marriages (1983); The Woodpecker Toy Fact and Other Stories (1987); The Common Rat (1993); Automatic Teller (1996)
Merlinda Bobis - White Turtle (1999)
Isobel Carmody - Green Monkey Dreams (1995)
Dulcie Deamer - In the Beginning: Six Studies of the Stone Age and other Stories (1909)
Leanne Frahm - Borderline
Beatrice Grimshaw - The Beach of Terror and Other Stories (1931); The Valley of Never-Come-Back (1923)
Traci Harding - Ghostwriting
Christine Harris - Outer Face (1992); Buried Secrets (1993); Widdershins (aka Party Animals) (1995); Fortune Cookies (1998); Warped (2000)
Janet Turner Hospital - Dislocations(1986); Isobars (1990); Collected Stories (1995);
North of Nowhere, South of Loss (2003)
Margo Lanagan - White Time; Black Juice; Red Spikes
Rosaleen Love - Total Devotion; Evolution Annie; Traveling Tide
Sophie Masson - Walking in the Gardens of My Mind
Rosa Praed - Stubble Before the Wind (1908)
Gillian Rubenstein: Witch Music (1996); Annie's Brother's Suit (1996)
Lucy Sussex - My Lady Tongue; A Tour Guide in Utopia; Absolute Uncertainty
Anna Tambour - Monterra's Deliciosa
Kaaron Warren - The Grinding House
Cherry Wilder - Dealers in the Light and Darkness

Total: 38 titles

Australian Male Authors:

Lee Battersby - Through Soft Air
Damien Broderick - A Man Returned (1965); The Dark Between the Stars (1991); Uncle Bones: Four Science Fiction Novellas (2009)
Simon Brown - Cannibals of the Fire Light; Troy
Bertram A Chandler - Alternate Orbits; Beyond the Galactic Rim; Hard Way Up; John Grimes Reserve Commodore; Rim Gods; Catch the Star Winds; Far Traveller; Up to the Sky in Ships; From Sea to Shining Star
Neil Cladingboel - Tale Spin
Paul Collins - Goverment in Exile
Bill Congreve - Epiphanies in Blood
Shane J Cummings - Shards
Jack Dann - Timetripping; Visitations; Jubilee; Fiction Factory
Stephen Dedman - Lady of Situations; Never Seen By Waking Eyes
Kit Denton - Burning Spear
Terry Dowling - Rynosseros; Blue Tyson; Twilight Beach; Rynemonn; Wormwood; An Intimate Knowledge of the Night; Antique Futures; Man Who Lost Red; Blackwater Days; Basic Black; Make Believe
Greg Egan - Axiomatic; Our Lady of Chernobyl; Luminous; Oceanic and Other Stories; Reasons to be Cheerful and Other Stories; Singleton and Other Stories; Dark Integers and Other Stories; TAP and Other Stories; Oceanic; Crystal Nights and Other Stories; Océanique (different book in French)
Paul Haines - Doorways for the Dispossessed; Slice of Life
Robert Hood - Immaterial; Day-Dreaming on Company Time; Creeping in Reptile Flesh
Trent Jamieson - Reserved for Travelling Shows
Rick Kennett - The Reluctant Ghost-Hunter; No. 472 Cheyne Walk; Thirteen: Ghost Stories; 472 Cheyne Walk: Carnacki, the Untold Stories
Chris Lawson - Written in Blood
Alex Lewis - Notes Towards the Theory of Extinction and Other Stories
Geoffrey Maloney - Tales from the Crypto-system; Six Silly Stories
Chuck McKenzie - Confessions of a Pod Person
Sean McMullen - Call to the Edge
Garth Nix - Call to the Edge
Simon Petrie - Rare Unsigned Copy
Shaun A Saunders - Navigating in the New World
David K Scholes - Essential Reading in SF; Science Fiction and Alternate History
Tony Shillitoe - Tales of the Dragon
Robert Stephenson - We Would be Heroes
George Turner - Pursuit of Miracles
Chris Trappel - Two Girls and Industrial Waste
Kurt Von Trojan - When I Close My Eyes
Michael Wilding - Man of Slow Feeling
Jack Wodhams - Future War
Sean Williams - New Adventures in Sci-Fi; Doorway to Eternity; View Before Dying; Light Bodies Falling; Magic Dirt

Total: 81 Titles

What I was initially interested in is how many authors have had collector's editions produced. But I think that question is a bit irrelevant because of the nature of Australian indie press and also of genre publishing. Before about 3 or 4 years ago, the entire printing/publishing model was completely different. POD didn't exist for example.

But there are some interesting things about the lists above.

ETA: Note - this was written prior to additions. As this post is evolving, I leave and reanalyse at the end.

Female authors get collected at 1:4 of male authors in specfic in Australia.
25% ... that's a number we've seen before.

Secondly, only three female Australian authors have been collected more than once. And no points for guessing who they are - Lanagan, Sussex and Love. Warren's collection was reprinted in USA with an extra story (as The Glass Woman) but I haven't included that here.

Ten male authors have been collected more than once which is close to the maths of overall women:men (1:4). And they are - Broderick, Brown, Chandler, Dann, Dedman, Dowling, Egan, Haines, Hood, Williams.

In both cases, authors with multiple collections are all names that come to the top of any list of Australian specfic authors.

Tags: australian writers, breaking through the glass ceiling of sf, feminism, reading
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