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.
A Very Unusual Pursuit: City of Orphans, Book One
by Catherine Jinks
Allen & Unwin, $14.99 pb, 324 pp, 9781743313060
Julius and the Watchmaker
by Tim Hehir
Text Publishing, $19.95 pb, 384 pp, 9781922079732
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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.
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