Friday, March 04, 2011

Future Tense : Sci-Fi The Return - Anthony Funnell

A multi-point of view discussion of science fiction and Australia. Includes Jonathan Strahan as one of the participants. From ABC radio, a transcript and podcast.

"Antony Funnell: And just a final question: as somebody who focuses very much on Australian science fiction, is it a common theme? Is there a thing that you can point to that is uniquely Australian in terms of science fiction?

Jonathan Strahan: I wrestled with this question for 20 years, believe it or not. And what I've come to realise is that the thing that really is there is a perspective. I mean Australia is a first world country, in the southern hemisphere, it's not dramatically politically influential, so it tends to have an outsider perspective on the rest of the world, and with the science fiction that's written here, it tends to take that kind of position when it looks at events happening around the world. It tends to see almost a third-party point of view, and that I think, can be very valuable, because too often a lot of the fiction, which particularly originates say in North America, tends to be very US-centric not to see a broader picture, and so that's really the main thing.

There used to be I think an interest in would it just be kangaroos and boomerangs or whatever else, but very much sort of being the outsider is a position we've adopted."

4.5 out of 5