A Very Unusual Pursuit: City of Orphans, Book One

by Catherine Jinks

Allen & Unwin, $14.99 pb, 324 pp, 9781743313060

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Julius and the Watchmaker

by Tim Hehir

Text Publishing, $19.95 pb, 384 pp, 9781922079732

The Victorian era has gripped the collective imagination of speculative fiction writers in much the same way the medieval period influenced our forebears. The nineteenth century gave us the Penny Dreadful, Dracula, and Frankenstein, and the melding in fiction of fantasy and reality, superstition and science. A spike in child labour was followed by its marked decline as society began associating childhood with innocence.

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Published in June 2013 no. 352
Benjamin Chandler

Benjamin Chandler

Benjamin Chandler holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Fantasy. He writes Young Adult Fiction and has published academic work on popular culture, video game narrative theory, Japanese heroism, anime and manga, and Creative Writing pedagogy. Every now and then he teaches Creative Writing, English Literature, and Media Studies topics at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University.