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Christmas DownUnder

My typical Christmas Day is a writing day. When I get tired of writing, I watch DVDs, for I can’t face Christmas advertisements. This is one of the many effects of being Jewish in Australia. This year, however, some friends … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Australian-style Latkes

I haven’t made latkes yet this season because every day of Hanukkah so far has been above 30 degrees. I live in a Celsius country, so this means we’ve got a warm summer ahead of us.  I don’t have a … Continue reading

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Phantastes’ Dreamer

An artist called Tony Phantastes created a rather amazing sculpture in a tiny country town in New South Wales. I visit every now and again, for it changes. For years it was decaying and now someone is changing it. Today … Continue reading

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Honeysuckle Creek and the Lunar Landing

One night recently, two of my friends took me down to Honeysuckle Creek because of something Vonda McIntyre said to me. I wanted an excuse, for in all my years in Canberra, I’ve never been there and Vonda gave me … Continue reading

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Fairy tales and the magic of science fiction conventions

Fairy tales are chasing me this year. I gave a talk earlier in the year (and wrote it up, here) and now they’re the theme at Conflux, the Canberra science fiction convention. I’m on several panels. I’m also going to … Continue reading

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Within my teaching box

Inside an old hatbox is a tin. That tin has a peacock on the top and is called Table Talk Dainties. I bought it years ago, to store spices in. In 1922 in Australia, you could buy the tin, for … Continue reading

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Some ideas echo

Some words resonate far more than their user intends. “Nevertheless, she persisted,” did that with me. I live on the other side of the world from the US, but I live in a capital city and I’ve seen those attitudes … Continue reading

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BVC Announces The Wizardry of Jewish Women by Gillian Polack

The Wizardry of Jewish Women

Life is never quite what it seems, even without the lost family heritage delivered to Judith and Belinda in boxes. Continue reading

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Movie News: The Moon and the Sun

Bill Mechanic (Coraline, The New World) will produce BVC founding member Vonda N. McIntyre’s Nebula Award-winning novel The Moon and the Sun. Filming will take place in Victoria, Australia, and in Versailles, France. Stars include Fan Bingbing and Pierce Brosnan.

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