Damien Broderick
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pic: Barbara Lamar
Born 22 April 1944
Occupation Writer
Nationality Australian
Genres Science Fiction & Popular Science
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Damien Francis Broderick (born 22 April 1944) is an Australian science fiction and popular science writer. His science fiction novel The Judas Mandala is sometimes credited with the first appearance of the term "virtual reality".

Broderick holds a Ph.D. in Literary Studies from Deakin University, Australia, with a dissertation relating to the comparative semiotics of scientific, literary and science fictional textuality. He is a Senior Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.

Broderick lives in Melbourne, Victoria, and San Antonio and Lockhart, Texas, with his wife, tax attorney Barbara Lamar. He is the science fiction editor of the Australian popular-science magazine Cosmos.


Four of Broderick's novels have won Ditmar Awards (including the non-SF Transmitters, which was given a special award); the first, The Dreaming Dragons, was runner-up for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. In November 2003, Broderick was awarded a grant for 2004-05 by the Australia Council to write fiction exploring the technological singularity. In March 2005 he received the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.

Broderick's best-known works as a futurist and science writer are The Spike (1997; revised 2001), a nonfiction book about the technological singularity; and The Last Mortal Generation (1999) on the prospect of radically extended youthful longevity.

His novel The Hunger of Time (2003, with Rory Barnes) was published as an ebook and in Print on Demand (PoD) format. His most recent critical studies, x, y, z, t: Dimensions of Science Fiction (2004) and Ferocious Minds: Polymathy and the New Enlightenment (2005) were also released in PoD format by a small US press, Wildside. The first two of these books have cover art by Swedish transhumanist Anders Sandberg, as does Earth is but a Star (2001), Broderick's anthology of science fiction stories, and thematically related critical discussions, concerned with the far future.

His most recent novels are the diptych Godplayers (2005) (selected in the annual Recommended Reading List from Locus), and K-Machines (2006) (winner of the 2007 Aurealis Award for year's best sf novel), and a comic noir crime novel, I Suppose a Root's Out of the Question? A Comedy of Bad Manners (2007), with Rory Barnes. With his wife, Barbara Lamar, he wrote the near-future sf thriller Post Mortal Syndrome, serialized on line by Cosmos magazine (2007). He edited a book of original essays on the far future, Year Million (2008), which was favorably reviewed by Nature, the Wall Street Journal, etc.

Broderick has also written radio plays, both adaptations of his own stories and original works. His original play Schrödinger's Dog, first broadcast in 1995, was Australia's entry in the Prix Italia; and his short story adaptation of the story, published the following year, was selected for Gardner Dozois' Year's Best Science Fiction collection for that year.



  • Sorcerer's World (1970)
    • revised and expanded: The Black Grail (1986)
  • The Dreaming Dragons (1980)
    • revised edition: The Dreaming (2001)
  • The Judas Mandala (1982, revised 2002)
  • Valencies (1983)—with Rory Barnes
  • Transmitters (1984)
  • Striped Holes (1988)
  • The Sea's Furthest End (1993)
  • The White Abacus (1997)
  • Zones (1997)—with Rory Barnes
  • Stuck in Fast Forward (1999)—with Rory Barnes
  • The Book of Revelation (1999)—with Rory Barnes
  • Transcension (2002)—with Rory Barnes and Barbara Lamar
  • The Hunger of Time (2003)—with Rory Barnes
  • Godplayers (2005)
  • K-Machines (2006)
  • Post Mortal Syndrome (2007); on-line serialization, no longer available for download from Cosmos Magazine—with Barbara Lamar

Children's booksEdit

  • Jack and the Aliens (2002)
  • Jack and the Skyhook (2003)

Short story collectionsEdit

  • A Man Returned (1965)
  • The Dark Between the Stars (1991)

Edited anthologiesEdit

  • The Zeitgeist Machine: A New Anthology of Science Fiction (1977)
  • Strange Attractors: Original Australian Speculative Fiction (1985)
  • Matilda at the Speed of Light: A New Anthology of Australian Science Fiction (1988)
  • Not the Only Planet: Science Fiction Travel Stories (1998)
  • Centaurus: Best of Australian Science Fiction (1999)—with David G. Hartwell
  • Earth is But a Star: Excursions through Science Fiction to the Far Future (2001)
  • Year Million: Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge (2008)


  • The Lotto Effect: Towards a Technology of the Paranormal (1992)
  • The Architecture of Babel: Discourses of Literature and Science (1994)
  • Reading by Starlight: Postmodern Science Fiction (1995)
  • Theory and Its Discontents (1997)
  • The Spike: How Our Lives are being Transformed by Rapidly Advancing Technology (1997) (revised 2001)
  • The Last Mortal Generation (1999)
  • Transrealist Fiction (2000), about Transrealism
  • x, y, z, t: Dimensions of Science Fiction (2004)
  • Ferocious Minds: Polymathy and the New Enlightenment (2005)
  • "Cultural Dominants and Differential MNT Uptake" Essay at Wise Nano
  • Outside the Gates of Science: Why It's Time for the Paranormal to Come In From The Cold (2007)

External linksEdit

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