The Coming Dark at IROSF

I did an interview with some of Australia’s up and coming writers, which is now up at IROSF (thank you Stacey Janssen). Funnily enough, the day we finished this was the day the dust storms started and the sun turned red – some of Deb Biancotti’s photos of the apocalypse are there too. Here’s a taste:

The Coming Dark
Australia, as everyone knows, is at the forefront of the coming environmental apocalypse—hell, we’re located almost directly beneath the hole in the ozone layer (which some of our politicians simply regard as a sunroof). Daily, our newspapers are reporting fires, droughts, floods, cyclones, whacked out weather patterns, soil degradation, desalination, excessive salination, koalas with STDs—you name it, we’ve got it. In short, the wide, brown land is getting wider and browner.

 Spec-fic writers tend towards the strange, the weird, the unpleasant—that’s their writing, not their personalities. We’ve had the apocalypse penciled in for a while now, so how are some of us going about documenting the coming dark? How is our changing, frayed environment affecting the writing of authors on our side of the literary divide?

A small chunk (really a thin, dietary slice) of these folk grudgingly agreed to answer some questions whilst waiting for the sun to burn and the moon to crash. So I locked them in a small room, put the kettle on and gave them some homemade biscuits to distract them. The subjects ranged across scary strangling vines, Mad Max, whether the environment really is out to get us, and the Age of the Puffin. The writers gromphing down the custard kisses and jam drops (and muttering about mandatory detention) are Deborah Biancotti, Kaaron Warren, Peter Ball and Jason Fischer.

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4 Responses to The Coming Dark at IROSF

  1. tanaudel says:

    This was a great interview – more like one of those really good panels or conversations where people bounce off each other. I’m having all sorts of ideas now.

  2. angelaslatter says:

    Zanks! It’s a lot of fun when you get to play with clever folk 🙂

  3. christophergreen says:

    Awesome stuff. Makes me think harder and harder (in a good way) about having the guts to set stories in my adopted homeland. There’s a dark, casual beauty here that you have to look hard for in the States…

    Thanks for interview!

  4. angelaslatter says:

    Cheers, Chris. I still find it hard using my own environment – brought up on European fairytales, I find it hard to think of my everyday environment as ‘exotic’ even though I’ve lived in the Outback, in the rainforest areas, and in the urban bits :-). Also I think I find it a challenge to write something that’s so in-your-face real.