Created by Barbara Lamar
Updated 31 July, 2001





Damien Broderick's Space/Time Fiction
an essay by Dr. Russell Blackford

Broderick's Short Story
"A Passage In Earth"
Read it free of charge here.
Comment by Roger Zelazny here.


A novelist, futurist, and critical theorist, Damien Broderick is a senior research Fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia and holds a multi-disciplinary PhD from Deakin University in the comparative semiotics of science and literature. Broderick has been awarded Literature Board Writing Fellowships by the Australian Council in 1980, 1984, 1990, and 1995, and writing grants from Deakin University in 1986 and Arts Victoria in 1998. He received the 1980 Ditmar Award for best Australian SF Novel; A 1985 Special Ditmar Award; the 1989 Ditmar Award; the 1998 Ditmar Award, and the 1998 Aurealis Award.

Broderick has published 28 books (see bibliography) and is also a prolific book reviewer. By clicking on the links below you can read a book-length selection of his reviews from the last twenty years, originally published in Australian and American newspapers and journals. The reviews cover a large range of topics, gathered into three broad categories: popular science books, science fiction, and cultural issues and theories.

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"Broderick has written a provocative account of cutting edge science and technology which deserves a place on the desks of political leaders and public policy makers everywhere.
--Race Mathews, former Member of Parliament and senior research fellow, Graduate School of Government, Monash University, The Age 15/11/97

I give it the transhumanists' highest recommendation: three thumbs up. 
Dr. Mark Walker

Review of The Spike by Amara D. Angelica here.


"Everything you think you know about the future is wrong."

Machines will exceed human intelligence within decades and then quickly leap to super-human intelligence. 

Disease will fall at last under our control, aging and even death will be abolished. 

Houses will be built cheaply from diamond and sapphire, compiled like software.

Food and power will be abundant, created by bacterium-sized or smaller nanomachines.

Broderick takes us on a mind-boggling tour of a future that rushes at us with exponential speed as the progress of technology fuels its own acceleration.

"Damien's book [The Spike] will serve as a more imaginative sequel to the one you are reading now." 
             --from Arthur C. Clarke's Profiles of the Future

"I recommend The Spike to anybody deeply interested in the future..."  --Dr. Michael Nielsen, Extropy Online

"...The Spike is not only a clever, take it or leave it account of contemporary technology and its near future developments. Urgently Broderick tries to goad us into thinking of the human implications of those bits of the future we can imagine."
    --Alan Olding, Australian's Review of Books, 3/98

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  Interview with Broderick by Peter McNamara                          Tearing Toward The Spike      


Broderick has published more prize-winning novels than
most literary academics, more books and essays of theory and critique than most novelists, and more popular science books than most scientists--without losing his sense of humor.







The Last Mortal Generation


 Some time during the twenty-first century, ordinary humans like you and me...will be offered new medical treatments that will   lead, eventually, to physical immortality.


"In The Last Mortal Generation (1999), the Australian polymath and science fiction writer Damien Broderick has suggested that immortality is not merely desirable – but inevitable. My recommendation of this truly mind-stretching book was not in the least affected by its dedication: "For Arthur C. Clarke, who profiled the future and dreamed of advanced sciences indistinguishable from magic'."--Arthur C. Clarke in Profiles of the Future

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Transrealist Fiction: Writing in the Slipstream of Science


This volume examines a variety of work from a transrealist perspective, including the writings of Dick, Rucker, Kurt Vonnegut, J.G.Ballard, and John Barth.


"Broderick treks the slippery slopes -- a brilliant analyst of metafiction, transrealism, slip-stream, and the rest of the postmodern landscape."
Karen Jay Fowler

The Dreaming 

In this famous novel, specially updated for Fictionwise, an anthropologist travels to the central Australian desert to search for the source of an aboriginal myth. He is astonishing to find the source of the terrible "Rainbow Serpent" deep beneath the sacred Uluru rock formations, now the site of a top-secret military project. The apparently holographic "Gate" he discovers with his nephew leads not just to the origin of a legend, but to the origin of humanity and the true fate of  the dinosaurs, in an escalating series of conceptual breakthroughs that shockingly revises everything we have ever believed about humankind.

1980 Campbell Memorial Award Runner Up; 1981Ditmar Award Winner (Best Australian Long Fiction); Year's Best SF Pick

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Note: The books listed are only the most recently published currently available. For a complete list of Broderick's published works see Bibliography. This page  will be expanded to include more of Damien Broderick's works. If you'd like to be informed of future additions, please send a blank email to sauragam@email.com.  We hope you'll visit again.

Earth is But a Star: Excursions Through Science Fiction to the Far Future




Fiction/criticism anthology edited by Damien Broderick
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The Game of Stars and Souls

"This nearly novel-length novella tells a sweeping story of far-future interstellar conquests. Highly imaginative and unusual, a great example of Broderick's innovative style" from Fictionwise.com


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     About a year ago I decided to attempt writing fiction and, on the advice of a writer friend, looked around for a good Internet writers' group to join. It happened that the best group I located was dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, and horror. With a few wonderful exceptions, I'd always found horror stories depressing and fantasy stories boring, but I remembered being quite fond of science fiction when I was a kid. So, what the heck, I joined Andrew Burt's Critters and started reading and writing science fiction. 
     The White Abacus was the first of Damien Broderick's books I read, and I discovered it in the following manner. I was taking part in an animated discussion on the Extropians email list of the relative merits of various science fiction books and films and complained that the characters in far-future sf all thought and acted very much like the people I see around me in this day and age. I received an off-list comment from Damien: "Try reading DIASPORA by Greg Egan."
     I thanked him for the recommendation and mentioned that I had tried to find his own book, but that it didn't seem to be available in the United States. "Which book?" he wanted to know, and he listed several works of fiction that had been published in the States. Oh! I said back, I didn't know you wrote fiction. I'd heard of his nonfiction book The Spike, because there was a review of it on the Extropians web site. I asked if he could recommend any of his fiction in particular, and he suggested The White Abacus. "You might hate it though," he wrote. "It's rather...strange." 
     Strange, huh? Sounded as though it might be my kind of book. I took a look at the reviews on amazon.com. One of them mentioned, with some contempt, that the book included a scene with a giant chicken piloting a space craft. At that moment, I knew I had to read this book. I wrote back to Damien that I was especially looking forward to reading about the avian aviator, and he responded, "That would be Cap'n Arthur C. Chicken. <cluck>." 
     Cap'n Chicken was indeed a wonderful character, as were Ratio and Telmah, Rozz and Gil, and even the villainous Uncle Feng. I had expected to be entertained and possibly even moved by The White Abacus. What I hadn't expected, was amazed and delighted to find, was Broderick's rich use of the English language. He writes simultaneously at several levels, so that a reader can re-read one of his books a number of times and discover something new each time. That he recommended Egan's book without mentioning his own is typical of his modesty.
     The second Broderick novel I got my hands on was The Judas Mandala, written in the 1970's, and containing ideas that were later to be seen in The Matrix and Tipler's Physics of Immortality. Then Broderick's non-science fiction novel Transmitters, set in late 1960's through early 1980's Australia but so poignantly reminiscent of America during the same time period. I laughed and cried, listened to 60's music and relived  my own past. Some of Broderick's short stories and a novella are now available on line at www.fictionwise.com.
      Broderick's non-fiction is as rewarding to read as his fiction, and I'm very happy that a  newly updated edition of The Spike has been published in the United States by Forge Books. Besides being fascinating reading, The Spike asks some crucial questions about the future. I made this web site hoping to introduce Broderick's books, and The Spike in particular, to everyone, but especially to my fellow Americans.


                                               Barbara Lamar