October 18th, 2007


Black Sheep on Amazon

Jeff VanderMeer writes about Black Sheep over on Amazon:

Ben Peek, one of Australia's rising stars of experimental and hard-to-classify speculative fiction, has a first novel out, Black Sheep, from Prime Books. It was released in March, but now is being relaunched with a new push, along with a new cover. Black Sheep belongs to the same "genre" as novels like 1984 and Brave New World, except that it's much closer to home in its details. Peek tells the story of a Japanese immigrant to Australia in the near-future. Living in a segregated ghetto, forbidden to travel to other zones, Peek's protagonist is "charged with the crime of multiculturalism". His name is taken from him and he must struggle through a world of increasingly invasive government bureaucracy and mistreatment.

There's more, so follow the link, and buy the book, if you haven't.

Today is the final day before the English exam in the HSC. The first exam is tomorrow, the second on Monday. Everything not related to this has pretty much ground to a halt for the moment, and likely will do so for a few days after, since I'm that tired.

I didn't work this hard for my HSC.

But then, y'know, I had nowhere I wanted to be after High School, except out. Life was sure simple in those days.

WFC Appearance

This is what I'm doing at WFC:

FRIDAY, 11 AM. City Center C

The Author as Legend. Sometimes the author seems, as Lovecraft was said to be, "his own most fantastic creation." Our sense of who the author was completely colors our view of his work. Think of Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Franz Kafka, or Philip K. Dick. Can an author create his legend intentionally, an artificial persona, or is that just phony? Can the author's life be separated from the text? Should it be?

Benjamin Peek, George Scithers, Gary K. Wolfe

Yes, I don't know why I'm listed as Benjamin, either. Ah well. Apparently you get one appearance at WFC, so this is mine.
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