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Because I'm an Influential Sort

Back in April 2005 Ben Peek, on his weblog The Urban Sprawl Project, undertook to interview as many Australian speculative fiction writers as he could and to publish those interviews over the course of a week. Each interview was only short, some five questions in all, and was aimed primarily at getting a brief look at the author's latest work, what they were currently working on, and what they thought of the then current state of the speculative fiction field in Australia. He called it the "2005 Snapshot".

In August 2007, the ASif! (Australian SpecFic in focus) crew, along with a guest or two, decided to follow Peek's lead and came up with their own 2007 Snapshot. They finished up interviewing 83 authors, up from the 43 in Peek's original.

At the end of 2007, Karen Chisholm (of the Aust Crime Fiction weblog), Damien Gay (of Crime DownUnder) and Perry Middlemiss (of Matilda) decided a similar snapshot of Australian crime fiction was required.

Over the past couple of months these three have conducted a number of small, five-question interviews with a wide variety of Australian crime fiction writers and will begin publishing them across the three weblogs, starting Monday March 3, 2008.

If you are at all interested in the current state of Australian crime fiction, you'll find this series very entertaining and, hopefully, illuminating.


Neat, hey?

Follow the links and learn about some crime fiction.

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(Anonymous)
Mar. 3rd, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
Australian Crime Fiction Snapshot
Yep, it was a good idea when you came up with it in 2005, it was a good idea when it was taken over in 2007, and it's still a good idea.

And thanks for passing it along.

Perry Middlemiss
benpeek
Mar. 4th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
Re: Australian Crime Fiction Snapshot
no hassle, man. i'm looking forward to reading it.
girliejones
Mar. 4th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
The internet is such a cool place.
benpeek
Mar. 4th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
indeed it is.
ex_chrisbil
Mar. 4th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
That's cool man. I will read them in the morning.

Reminds me of something I need to email you about, too.
benpeek
Mar. 4th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
well, chop chop. email doesn't take care of itself.
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