The Coode St Review of Science Fiction – Coeditor with Jonathan Strahan

The The Coode St Review of Science Fiction was Jonathan Strahan’s idea, born of our work together on Eidolon, our many long and mutually enjoyable telephone calls, and the upcoming 57th World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne, on 2–6 September 1999. The idea behind it was to present a forum for lively, informed reviews of Australian SF, Fantasy and Horror. The first issue was published in time for the convention and received significant critical and fan support, but somehow it was the only issue we produced. Personal, work and health pressures intervened. However, Jonathan still publishes online, and his lively and informative Coode Street podcast is a must for SF fans.

Nominated for the William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism, 2000.

The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy – Assistant Editor

Paul Collins asked me to join him and Sean McMullen on this project for Melbourne University Press. The book ended up being called The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, with Paul as the editor, and Sean McMullen and myself as assistant editors. As it turned out, I was also the primary contributor to the encyclopedia, writing more of the book’s prose content than any other contributor.

Twice nominated and winner of the 1999 William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism.

Eidolon – Contributing Editor, issues 19-27 (1995 – 1998)

The editors at Eidolon, Richard Scriven, Jonathan Strahan and Jeremy G Byrne, were kind enough to give me the title of “Contributing Editor”, but really it was just an honorarium, they did all the work. My role was as a regular news columnist and sometime interviewer for the magazine. It was a pleasure to work with these guys.

The Australian SF Writers’ News – Editor, issues 1-10 (March 1992 – June 1994)

My first professional editing assignment was a quarterly magazine called The Australian SF Writers’ News (ASFWN). This magazine was a resource for writers of SF, fantasy and horror, containing market news, interviews with successful writers, editors and publishers, articles on writing and publishing, book reviews, etc. The magazine was distributed via subscription and “free” with a subscription to Aurealis as part of a marketing deal with Dirk Strasser and Stephen Higgins of Chimaera Publications. After my departure from ASFWN, the project was scaled down and incorporated as a section in Aurealis magazine from issue # 15.