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Damien Broderick is an Australian writer, editor and critical theorist who lives in San Antonio, Texas.
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Works by Damien Broderick

The White Abacus (1997) 98 copies
Godplayers (2005) 90 copies
The Black Grail (1986) 83 copies
The Dreaming Dragons (1980) 80 copies
Striped Holes (1988) 48 copies
Transcension (2002) 47 copies
Centaurus: The Best of Australian SF (1999) — Editor, Contributor — 40 copies
Judas Mandala (1982) 37 copies
Sorcerer's World (1970) 32 copies
K-Machines (2006) 30 copies
The Hunger of Time (2003) 24 copies
The Zeitgeist machine: A new anthology of science fiction (1977) — Editor; Author — 22 copies
The dark between the stars (1991) 18 copies
The Sea's Furthest End (1993) 18 copies
Beyond the Doors of Death (2013) 15 copies
Under the Moons of Venus (2010) 10 copies
The Meek (2004) 8 copies
Zones (Moonstone) (1997) 7 copies
Stuck in Fast Forward (1999) 7 copies
Quipu (2005) 6 copies
The Qualia Engine (2009) 6 copies
The Beancounter's Cat (2011) 5 copies
A Man Returned (1965) 5 copies
All My Yesterdays (1964) 5 copies
The Magi (1982) 5 copies
A Tooth for Every Child (1985) 4 copies
The Womb (1998) 3 copies
Coming Back (1982) 3 copies
Jack and the skyhook (2003) 3 copies
Infinite Monkey (2000) 3 copies
Thy Sting 2 copies
Growing Up (1976) 2 copies
I'm Dying Here (2009) 2 copies
Dark Gray (2010) 1 copy
Fantastika (2014) 1 copy
Tao Zero 1 copy
The Interior 1 copy
various 1 copy
Resurrection 1 copy
Billenium 1 copy
Uncle Bones (2009) 1 copy
Human's Burden (2010) 1 copy

Associated Works

Engineering Infinity (2011) — Contributor — 352 copies
The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2003) — Contributor — 283 copies
The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF (2010) — Contributor — 237 copies
Dreaming Down-Under (1998) — Contributor — 182 copies
The Mammoth Book of New Comic Fantasy (2005) — Contributor — 179 copies
The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF (2013) — Contributor — 167 copies
Year's Best SF 16 (2011) — Contributor — 126 copies
New Writings in SF-1 (1964) — Contributor — 126 copies
Eclipse 4: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2011) — Contributor — 116 copies
Edges (1980) — Contributor — 102 copies
Perpetual Light (1982) — Contributor — 99 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2010 Edition (2010) — Contributor — 94 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2011 Edition (2011) — Contributor — 93 copies
Dogtales! (1988) — Contributor — 50 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 100 (January 2015) (2015) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on tor.com (2013) — Contributor — 38 copies
Alien Shores (1994) — Introduction; Contributor — 37 copies
The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy (1997) — Contributor — 27 copies
Metaworlds: Vol 1: Best Australian Science Fiction (1994) — Contributor — 25 copies
Agog! Fantastic Fiction (2002) — Contributor — 24 copies
Forever Shores (2003) — Contributor — 20 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 33, No. 8 [August 2009] (2009) — Contributor — 17 copies
Polder: A Festschrift for John Clute and Judith Clute (2006) — Contributor — 13 copies
Dreamworks: Strange New Stories (1983) — Contributor — 12 copies
Urban Fantasies (1985) — Contributor — 9 copies


Common Knowledge



Kinda fun to read other view on books that I always wanted to read.
davisfamily | 3 other reviews | Dec 11, 2022 |
I was traveling in Australia in 2000 &, as usual, I was looking for bks there that I might not be able to find where I usually live. So I found & I read one of Broderick's bks & learned that he lives in Melbourne. That lead to my arranging to meet him & interview him. He agreed & was a nice guy & the interview is incorporated into a movie of mine called "Don't Walk Backwards". B/c of this, I'll read everything by the guy I can find. Wch, in the US, ain't much. This one? Well, it's called "Sorcerer's World" wch immediately evokes the "Sword & Sorcery" genre wch only Samuel Delaney has ever pulled off in any way that interests me. SO, I've found Broderick's work uneven so far. Some of the bks just seem to be written for money, some seem to truly have a personality behind them. Damien told me that he was mainly writing science bks by the time I met him & I've never seen a single one of those. Of course, I cd start looking for things for sale over the internet & I cd also run out of money very, very quickly.. so I'll stick to used bk stores for now.… (more)
tENTATIVELY | Apr 3, 2022 |
My friend the God Ghanesh & I interviewed Damien Broderick at his home in Australia in June 2000 less than 2 yrs before this bk was published. The very slightly edited interview is online here:


In it, Broderick talks about nanotechnology & immortality & the Spike of rapid change, & the delusion of thinking that 'reality' is stable, etc.. This SF novel grows out of many of the same ideas.

I was more conscious than usual while I was reading it of how inter-related my reading circumstances were to the content of the bk. I'd just finished reading Pamela Sargent's "Watchstar" in wch a girl protagonist is facing her coming-of-age in an environment in wch a major shift is about to take place. Then I read this "in wch a girl protagonist is facing her coming-of-age in an environment in wch a major shift is about to take place." Simultaneously, I've been very slowly reading Theodore Draper's "The Roots of American Communism"'s discussion of the transition in the US from socialism to communism (another rite of passage).

There's been far more snow than usual in Pittsburgh, where I live, for 5 wks straight. As I started reading this, the snow melted & we've gone straight into Spring - this, in the middle of March - about a mnth earlier than usual. Even the record that I listened to twice while reading, "Africa - Witchcraft & Ritual Music", seemed to fit right in (even though I can't recall WHY right now).

Perhaps Broderick cd be put in a category similar to that of Greg Bear & Greg Egan. Hard science w/ an imagination leading to the grandiose & an eye for human detail. I was engrossed & entertained. It's always interesting for me when humans imagine paradigm shifts as over-the-top as they can & Broderick does a good job of that here in a way that sneaks up on the reader w/ various inter-related threads that all come together to share a common fate. Of course, this type of interweaving is a basic novelistic approach but a part of its writerly challenge, esp in SF, is to make the threads dramatically technically different for diversity. This is accomplished beautifully w/ protaganist Amanda's Mall contrasted w/ the Valley of the God of One's Choice contrasted again w/ the personal history of Magistrate Mohammed Abdel-Malik.

I admit to being rubbed a bit the wrong way when the killing of Abdel-Malik in the beginning is done by punks. It reminded me too much of an early scene in "Terminator" where punks threaten the newly-arrived-from-the-future nude Terminator (w/o knowing what they were getting into). Having been around punk since its inception & having never once witnessed punks acting in this way, it just seems like a perpetuation of prejudicial stereotypes.

Later, on p 43, Abdel-Malik is interviewed as prophesizing "Sooner or later, machines or tailored organisms will provide all our wants. We'll work only at jobs we choose to accept, as artists dream of doing." I'm fairly sure Broderick believes this (or at least hopes for it) but I don't at all. I prophesize that for every labor-saving device there'll be a human job of increasingly dreary tedium of maintaining & making the machines. It makes me think of automated phone answering labyrinths. A person calls to ask a question & gets routed thru a multiple-choice nightmare that takes entirely too long & doesn't answer the question. Then again, I'm open to reading Broderick's more optimistic version.

On p 70, I was amused by a continuation of this Abdel-Malik interview in wch Florida is mentioned:

"Q. Won't a planet of wealthy ageless people be conservative and terminally dreary, Florida forever?
A. Could be. That's a scary thought."

Nice touch - although cdn't he've picked Canberra instead?

P 288: "Does it matter that what I feel, the "I" who feels it, is no more than a rush of bytes in some memory space, some neural network inside an immense computer that, for all I know, might be in orbit around some star light-years distant [..:]" "Transcension" engages issues of what-constitutes-'reality' that're forever dear to my intellect (& forever unanswered questions). As for the quoted question? Yes, it does matter b/c every possibility is different. HOWEVER, it just may well be that after discovering ourselves to be "a rush of bytes in some memory space" to the distress of our possible illusion of ourselves as something else, a paradigm construct that we may feel more comfortable w/, we may then find that new construct to be equally as illusory ad infinitum. So, no worries, eh?

Good onya meatey!
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tENTATIVELY | 1 other review | Apr 3, 2022 |
This might've been the 1st Broderick bk I read. I was impressed. A SF author that I wasn't familiar w/ who had wit & ideas & some social consciousness.
tENTATIVELY | Apr 3, 2022 |



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