Delighted as always to have a piece up at Overland. Today, A short history of the dangers of travel writing, a brief look at the history of travelogues, and some criticisms about the clueless, dangerous whiteness of Western travelogues today.
Delighted to have an article up at Overland following the release of the Ghost in the Machine trailer featuring Scarlett Johansson as Motoko Kusanagi. Space racism: on Hollywood actors & their whitewashing, 2200 words on racism, science fiction, and the Other as Future.
I was delighted to write a rebuttal article for Overland – my first Overland piece! Science fiction saves the world – again!
Illustrated most excellently using an image of Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, talking about how SF has always offered answers (as well as horrors); modern SF isn’t new in telling us how horribly we’re going to die.
In early 2014 I used the CSIRO 2007 climate change projections to develop possibilities for our Science Fiction Climate Change Dystopia, which was published at The Toast. This weekend at Continuum 11: Southern Skies, I talked at length about the science behind our climate change future, and I’ve been invited to speak on a panel at the NSW Writers’ Centre Speculative Fiction Festival in July on this topic, so it seemed timely that I update my essay on imagining Australia’s climate change dystopia.
You can download it: imagining climate change dystopia update 2015.
As a child, as an adult, as a being who has come via South-East Asia, I am obsessed with Haw Par Villa, and always will be. Up at The Toast this week, Haw Par Villa: where your soul can never leave though your feet may go on the way. A really personal essay, and one of which I’m very chuffed.
Mum hustles us out the door. “I’ve never been,” she says, and that’s all I know.
There are other people milling around when we arrive. They’re all Chinese, too. This doesn’t strike me until later, but here, now, I don’t question it.
The snake looms over the gate. We move towards the Gates of Hell, and though it is my first glimpse, it is not my last.
If you didn’t get a chance to read my essay in The Lifted Brow 23 before it sold out, now you can download it to read! Sympathy for Lady Vengeance: Feminist Ghosts and Monstrous Women of Asia. 8000 words on the monstrous women of Asia, feminism, and colonialism.
The latest Lifted Brow (23: Ego) is out, and in it can be found 8000 words on the monstrous women of Asia, feminism, and colonialism, written by someone from around here. And also no personal pronouns, because personal pronouns were banned from the ego issue. It’s only $9 and it’s definitely going to sell out.
A Look at Australia’s Coming Climate Change Dystopia is up now at The Toast! I love dystopias in my SFF, but I find it’s often SUPER unrealistic. So here, have some broken roads, expensive food, gated communities and drop bears, based on the CSIRO’s climate projections.
A pair of articles on ABC TV’s Serangoon Road: ABC TV’s Serangoon Road and Australia in the Asian Century; Australians in Singapore and the legacy of colonialism on Serangoon Road. [Peril, February 2014] Looking at the representation of Singapore and Australia in a highly publicised ABC-TV production.
In this pair of posts I will be looking at Australia within its regional and historical context, and Asia within Australian media. The White Paper Australia in the Asian Century may have found itself archived to Trove well before its time, but Serangoon Road was commissioned and produced within its moment. It is a reflection of where Australia has found itself for over half a century now; here, separated from its Colonial Masters by the great Asian Monolith.