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Russell Blackford — Comprehensive bibliography

This is ultimately intended to be a comprehensive bibliography of my academic, professional, and semi-professional publications, though a few early items are missing and will need to be tracked down for a future, more definitive draft. I have included some fanzine publications, where these appear significant.

This version is fairly complete and reliable, as far as March 2010. After that, it becomes somewhat sporadic & messy, and should be considered a work in progress.

1. "The Definition of Love: Kurt Vonnegut's Slapstick", Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 2, 3 (August 1980): 208-28.

—. (slightly revised) in The Critical Response to Kurt Vonnegut. Ed. Leonard Mustazza. Westport Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1994: 193-207.

2. "Discipline and Bondage." Review of Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird. Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 3, 1 (January 1981): 38-41.

3. "Myth and the Art of Science Fiction Commentary." Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 3, 2 (May 1981): 52-6.

4. "Games of Mouse and Dragon." Review of Damien Broderick, The Dreaming Dragons. Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 3, 2 (May 1981): 79-80.

5. "Broderick, Damien." Twentieth Century Science-Fiction Writers. Ed. Curtis C. Smith. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1981, 73-4.

6. "Burroughs, William S(eward)." Twentieth Century Science-Fiction Writers. Ed. Curtis C. Smith. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1981, 91-2.

7. "Raphael, Rick." Twentieth Century Science-Fiction Writers. Ed. Curtis C. Smith. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1981, 441-2.

8. "Withheld Meaning in Yeats's 'Cuchulain Comforted'." AUMLA 57 (May 1982): 24-30.

9. "The Damien Broderick Interview." Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 4, 3 (September 1982): 94-105.

10. "The Artifice of Eternity." Review of Damien Broderick, The Judas Mandala. Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 4, 3 (September 1982): 118-20.

11. "The Load on Her Mind." Westerly 27, 4 (December 1982): 39-40.

12. "Kurt Vonnegut Player Piano." Insight '83: A Guide to the Year 12 H.S.C. Complete Course for English. Ed. B.A. Creed and I.L. O'Louglin. Melbourne: L&S Publishing, 1982: 46-55.

13. Reply to Frank C. Bertrand. Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 5, 1 (March 1983): 37-8.

14. "Crystal Soldier", Dreamworks. Ed. David King, Melbourne: Norstrilia Press, 1983, 137-50.

—. trans Gabriella Fortunato, as "Soldato di Cristallo", Sfere di Cristallo, Milan: Garden Editoriale, 1988, 270-82.

15. "Who's to Blame?" Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 5, 2 (June 1983): 64-6.

16. Review of Australian Science Fiction, ed. Van Ikin. Meanjin 42, 3 (September 1983): 403-4.

17. The Tempting of the Witch King. Melbourne: Cory & Collins, 1983. Ditmar Award nominated novel.

18. "A Fortunate Death?: 'Oh Felix Randal'," Viewpoints 84: H.S.C. Literature. Ed. Brian McFarlane. Melbourne: Longman Cheshire, 1983.

19. "Animal Farm," Insight '84: A Guide to the Year 12 H.S.C. Complete Course for English. Ed. B.A. Creed and I.I. O'Loughlin. Melbourne: L&S Publishing, 1983: 272-9.

20. "Warriors of the Tao: David Lake's Xuma Novels." Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 6, 1 (1984): 16-18.

21. "Against the Empire." Review of Rory Barnes and Damien Broderick, Valencies. Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 6, 1 (1984): 21-2.

22. "Sexuality in Science Fiction." Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 6, 2, (1984): 41

23. (with Jenny Blackford) "Ebony: The Festival of Colours." Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 6, 2 (1984): 45-7.

24. "Science Fiction Finds God." Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 6, 3, (1984): 77-8.

25. "Mirrors of the Future City: William Gibson's Neuromancer." Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 7, 1 (1985): 18-22.

26. "Towards a Defence of Far Future SF." Metaphysical Review 3 (May 1985): 17-22.

27. "Glass Reptile Breakout." Strange Attractors. Ed. Damien Broderick. Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1985: 075-91. Ditmar Award nominated story.

—. reprinted, Omega Science Digest, January/February 1986: 81-4.

—. (revised version), Glass Reptile Breakout and other Australian Speculative Stories, ed. Van Ikin, Perth: Centre for Studies in Australian Literature, 1990, 11-22.

—. broadcast ABC radio 9 August 1992.

28. (ed. with David King) Urban Fantasies. Melbourne: Ebony Books, 1985.

29. (ed. with Jenny Blackford, Lucy Sussex, and Norman Talbot) Contrary Modes: Proceedings of the World Science Fiction Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 1985. Melbourne: Ebony Books-University of Newcastle, 1985.

30. "The Nest of the Discorporator: or, Rereading Stranger in a Strange Land ", Contrary Modes (as above): 61-78.

31. "The Prognosis for SF: Doom, Gloom, and then We Go Boom?" Discussion with Brian Aldiss, Lucinda Brayford, Damien Broderick, David Lake, Colin Steele, George Turner, and Van Ikin. Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 7, 2 (1985): 40-7.

32. "Physics and Fantasy: Scientific Mysticism, Kurt Vonnegut and Gravity's Rainbow." Journal of Popular Culture 19, 3 (Winter 1985): 35-44.

33. "Taking Wynne Whiteford Seriously." Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 1 (March 1986): 18-31.

34. Review of David R. Palmer, Threshold. Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 2 (May 1986): 31-3.

35. Review of Rudy Rucker, Master of Space and Time. Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 3 (July 1986): 31-3.

36. "Debased and Lascivious?" Review of Samuel R. Delany, Stars in My Pocket like Grains of Sand. Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 4 (September 1986): 8-21.

—. (slightly revised) in Ash of Stars: On the Writing of Samuel R. Delany. Ed. James Sallis. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 1996.

37. Review of Keith Taylor, Bard III: The Wild Sea. Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 4 (September 1986): 24-6.

38. "Our Collective Ways" (editorial). Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series, 5 (November 1986): 5-6.

39. Review of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Footfall. Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 6 (January 1987): 40-42.

40. Review of SF International 1. Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 9 (July 1987): 37-40.

41. "Our Collective Ways" (editorial). Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series, 10 (September 1987): 2-3.

42. "Deconstructing the Demon." Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 11 (November 1987): 6-22.

43. "Sexuality Versus the McCarthyites." Metaphysical Review 11/12/13 (November 1987): 14-21.

44. "Is Science Fiction a Lesser Literature?" Discussion with Russell Parker, Sydney J. Bounds, Justin Leiber, B.H. Slater. Science Fiction: A Review of Contemporary Literature, 9, 2 (1987): 43-51.

45. "All the Conspirators." Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 12 (January 1988): 8-9.

46. Review of Wynne Whiteford, The Hyades Contact. Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 12 (January 1988): 43-7.

47. Review of Michael Moorcock, Wizardry and Wild Romance, Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 12 (January 1988): 40-2.

48. Movie Violence Revisited: Robocop. The Space Wastrel 2(9A) January/March 1988: A32-A34.

49. Review of George Turner, The Sea and Summer. Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 14 (May 1988): 27-36.

50. "Our Collective Ways" (editorial). Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 15 (July 1988): 2-5.

51. Review of Keith Taylor, Bard IV: Ravens' Gathering, Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 15 (July 1988): 56-7.

52. "Review with a Fly's Eye." Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 19 (March 1989): 4-6.

53. "Our Collective Ways" (editorial). Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series, 21 (Spring 1989): 2.

54. "Literary Liar: The Writing of Damien Broderick." The Age Monthly Review September 1989: 10-11.

55. "A Note Towards the Great Music Debate." Metaphysical Review 14 (November 1989): 13-15.

56. "Skiffy and Mimesis: or Critics in Costume." Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 22 (Summer 1989): 26-30.

57. "Too Fly's Eye." Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 23 (Autumn 1990): 13-17.

58. Review of Keith Taylor, The Cauldron of Plenty, The Search for the Starblade, The Sorcerers' Sacred Isle, Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series 24 (Winter 1990): 20-1.

59. "Analogues of Anomie: Lee Harding's Novels." Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 10, 3 (1990): 5-13.

60. "Neo-Bible and Ur-Text: the 'Original Uncut' Stranger in a Strange Land", Foundation, 53 (Autumn 1991): 70-80.

61. "Our Collective Ways" (editorial). Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series, 26 (Summer 1991): 2-3.

62. "Enterprise Bargaining and Higher Education: A Changed Role for AHEIA?" Australian Universities' Review 35, 1 (1992): 13-17.

63. "Batchelor, John Calvin." Twentieth-Century Science-Fiction Writers, 3rd ed. Ed. Noelle Watson and Paul E. Schellinger. Chicago and London: St. James Press, 1993: 36-7.

64. "Burroughs, William S." Twentieth-Century Science-Fiction Writers, 3rd ed. Ed. Noelle Waton and Paul E. Schellinger. Chicago and London: St. James Press, 1993: 106-8. This is a revised version of the essay published in the first edition.

65. "Australia." The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 2nd ed. Ed. John Clute and Peter Nicholls. London: Orbit, 1993: 71-2. This and the next three items were mistakenly attributed to Richard Bleiler by the key system used to identify contributors; corrected in CD-ROM version.

66. "Batchelor, John Calvin." The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 2nd ed. Ed. John Clute and Peter Nicholls. London: Orbit, 1993: 96.

67. "Broderick, Damien (Francis)." The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 2nd ed. Ed. John Clute and Peter Nicholls. London: Orbit, 1993: 161.

68. (with Ron Tiner) "Wild Cards." The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 2nd ed. Ed. John Clute and Peter Nicholls. London: Orbit, 1993:

69. "Wordlust and Wild, Wild Womyn." Review of Lucy Sussex My Lady Tongue & Other Tales. Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 12, 1 (1993): 15-18.

70. "A Political View of Aust Labour Laws." Review of Laura Bennett Making Labour Law in Australia: Industrial Relations, Politics and the Law. Campus Review July 14-20, 1994: 16.

71. "Hi-tech, Samuel R. Delany, and the Transhuman Condition." New York Review of Science Fiction, 74 (October 1994): 1, 3, 5-7.

72. "Australian Science Fiction." The Australian Science Fiction Fan Resource Book. Ed. Ali Kayn. Melbourne: Ali Kayne and Associates, 1995: 64-5.

73. Entry on Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand by Samuel R. Delany. Magill's Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature Vol. 4. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1996: 882-4.

74. "Jewels in Junk City: To Read Triton." Review of Contemporary Fiction 16, 3 (Fall 1996): 142-7.

75. "The Sword of God." Dream Weavers. Ed. Paul Collins. Melbourne: Penguin, 1996: 213-38.

—. Reprinted, The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy Vol 1. Ed. Jonathan Strahan and Jeremy G. Byrne. Sydney: HarperCollins, 1997: 162-181..

--. Reprinted, Forever Shores. Ed. Peter McNamara and Margaret Winch. Adelaide: Wakefield, 2003: 87-108.

--. Reprinted, The Best Australian Science Fiction: A Fifty Year Collection. Ed. Rob Gerrand. Melbourne: Black Inc. 2004: 434-51.

76. "Tiger in the Prison House: Damien Broderick." Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 13, 1, [1996]: 3-9.

77. Review of Greg Egan Distress. New York Review of Science Fiction 98 (October 1996): 17-18.

78. Review of Greg Egan Distress. Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Fiction, 13, 2 [1996]: 225-8.

79. "Judicial Power, Political Liberty and the Post-Industrial State." Australian Law Journal, 71 (1997): 267-93.

80. "Lucent Carbon." Eidolon 25/26 (October 1997): 7-27. Aurealis and Ditmar Award nominated story.

—. reprinted The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy Vol 2. Ed. Jonathan Strahan and Jeremy G. Byrne. Sydney: HarperCollins, 1998.

--. reprinted Wonder Years. The Ten Best Stories from a Decade Past. Ed. Peter McNamara. Sydney: Mirrordanse, 2003.

81. "Remembering George Turner." Eidolon 25/26 (October 1997): 45-7.

82. Review of Damien Broderick The White Abacus. Eidolon 25/26 (October 1997): 177-81.

83. "Distant Fires." Review of Damien Broderick Theory and its Discontents. Metascience 12 (1997): 78-80.

84. "Australia's SF Novel of the Year?" Review of Diaspora by Greg Egan. Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Fiction, 14, 2 (1997): 46-50.

85. "Byzantium vs Republic of Australia." Aurealis 20/21 (December 1997/January 1998): 127-49.

86. "Human, Transhuman, Posthuman." Review of Damien Broderick The White Abacus. Australian Book Review 199 (April 1998): 44-5.

87. Review of Richard Garfinkle Celestial Matters: A Novel of Alternate Science. New York Review of Science Fiction 116 (April 1998): 6-7.

88. Review of Sean Williams The Resurrected Man. Eidolon 27 (April 1998): 113-5.

89. Review of Cherry Wilder Signs of Life. New York Review of Science Fiction 117 (May 1998): 20-1.

90. (with Sean McMullen) "Prophet and Pioneer: The Science Fiction of Norma Hemming." Fantasy Annual No. 2 (Spring 1998): 65-75.

91. "The Diversity of the Australian University System and the Need for Workplace Flexibility," chapter 5 of Managing Higher Education Diversity in a Climate of Public Sector Reform, ed. V. Lynn Meek and Fiona Q. Wood. Canberra: Department of Employment, Education and Youth Affairs, 1998: 67-80.

92. "Singularity Shadow." Quadrant 347 (June 1998): 24-9.

93. "Broderick, Damien." The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy, ed. Paul Collins. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1998.

94. "Nicholls, Peter (Douglas)." The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy, ed. Paul Collins. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1998.

95. "Tuck, Don(ald) H." The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy, ed. Paul Collins. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1998.

96. Review of Howard V. Hendrix Lightpaths. New York Review of Science Fiction 118 (June 1998): 14-5.

97. Review of Melissa Scott Dreaming Metal. New York Review of Science Fiction 120 (August 1998): 21-3

98. "Academia and Equal Pay." Quadrant 349 (September 1998): 51-4.

99. Review of Phyllis Gotlieb Flesh and Gold. New York Review of Science Fiction 122 (October 1998): 18-9.

100. "The Soldier in the Machine." Dreaming Down Under. Ed. Jack Dann and Janeen Webb. Sydney: HarperCollins, 1998: 64-85.

—. Reprinted Centaurus: The Best of Australian Science Fiction. Ed. David G. Hartwell and Damien Broderick. New York: Tor, 1999: 388-410.

101. "Ancient Time Machine." Review of Sean McMullen The Centurion's Empire. Australian Book Review 207 (December 1998/January 1999): 36.

102. Hyperdreams: Damien Broderick's Space/Time Fiction. Newcastle: Nimrod, 1998.

103. "Don't Panic: The Universities and Their Troubles." Quadrant 353 (January-February 1999): 11-7.

104. Review of Peter F. Hamilton The Nano Flower. New York Review of Science Fiction 125 (January 1999): 17-8.

105. Review of Orson Scott Card Heartfire. New York Review of Science Fiction 127 (March 1999): 22-3.

106. "The Left's Defection from Progress." Quadrant 355 (April 1999): 47-52.

107. Review of Martha Wells The Death of the Necromancer. New York Review of Science Fiction 128 (April 1999): 19.

108. "Illuminating." Review of Damien Broderick (ed) Not the Only Planet and Greg Egan Luminous. Australian Book Review 210 (May 1999): 41-2.

109. Review of Christopher Stasheff The Warlock in Spite of Himself. New York Review of Science Fiction 129 (May 1999): 21-2.

110. "Women and Physics, Philosophy and Cyberspace." Quadrant 357 (June 1999): 46-52.

111. "Sean Williams: Cool Mind, Warm Heart." Introduction to Sean Williams, New Adventures in Sci-Fi. Perth: Ticonderoga, 1999.

112. (co-authored with Van Ikin and Sean McMullen) Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1999.

113. Review of S. Andrew Swann Fearful Symmetries: The Return of Nohar Rajasthan. New York Review of Science Fiction 131 (June 1999): 7.

114. "Return of Nakos." Heroic Feats volume of Spinouts set. Ed. Paul Collins and Meredith Costain. Melbourne: Longman, 1999: 33-46.

115. "More Maps of Hell." The Coode Street Review of Science Fiction (September 1999): 6-11.

116. "Genetics, Ethics and the State." Quadrant 359 (September 1999): 35-40.

117. Review of Joel Champetier The Dragon's Eye. New York Review of Science Fiction 133 (September 1999): 17-8.

118. "Edmund Barton." Biographical Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century World Leaders, ed. John Powell. Tarrytown, New York: Marshall Cavendish 1999: 102-4.

119. "Joseph Benedict Chifley." Biographical Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century World Leaders, ed. John Powell. Tarrytown, New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1999: 290-2.

120. "Joseph Cook." Biographical Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century World Leaders, ed. John Powell. Tarrytown, New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1999: 343-4.

121. "Arthur William Fadden." Biographical Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century World Leaders, ed. John Powell. Tarrytown, New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1999: 489-90.

122. "Andrew Fisher." Biographical Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century World Leaders. Ed. John Powell. Tarrytown, New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1999: 540-5.

123. "Francis Michael Forde." Biographical Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century World Leaders. Ed. John Powell. Tarrytown, New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1999: 509-10.

124. "Malcolm Fraser." Biographical Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century World Leaders. Ed. John Powell. Tarrytown, New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1999: 524-6.

125. "John Grey Gorton." Biographical Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century World Leaders. Ed. John Powell. Tarrytown, New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1999: 584-5.

126. "Robert Hawke." Biographical Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century World Leaders. Ed. John Powell. Tarrytown, New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1999: 642-3.

127. "Paul Keating." Biographical Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century World Leaders. Ed. John Powell. Tarrytown, New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1999: 810-2.

128. "Life Extension and its Enemies." Quadrant 362 (December 1999): 58-63.

129. "Unfair Dismissal Law and the Termination of Contracts for Specified Periods of Time," Australia Journal of Labour Law, December 1999.

130. "The Clute Review from Hell." Nova Express, 5, 2 (Fall/Winter 1999): 21-2.

131. Review of The Terrorists of Irustan by Louise Marley. New York Review of Science Fiction, 137 (January 2000): 20-21.

130. "A Virtual WisCon." Review of Women of Other Worlds. Ed. Helen Merrick and Tess Williams. Science Fiction Studies 80 (March 2000): 149-51.

132. "The King with Three Daughters." Black Heart, Ivory Bones. Ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. New York: Avon, 2000: 38-59. Ditmar Award nominated story.

133. "Stephen Jay Gould on Science and Religion." Quadrant 365 (April 2000): 8-14.

134. Review of Candle by John Barnes. New York Review of Science Fiction 140 (April 2000): 21-22.

135. "Two Thousand Years." Eidolon 29/30 (Autumn 2000): 15-31. Ditmar Award nominated story.

136. (ed. with Jenny Blackford) Foundation 78 (Spring 2000) (special Australian issue).

137. (introd. and ed.) "Symposium on Posthuman Science Fiction." Foundation 78 (Spring 2000): 83-103.

138. "Hammer Blows to the Ego: Greg Egan's Rational Materialism." Nova Express 5/3 (Spring/Summer 2000): 11-15.

139. Review of All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson. Nova Express 5/3 (Spring/Summer 2000): 27.

140. (introd. and ed.) "Time Travel, Time Scapes and Timescape." New York Review of Science Fiction 144 (August 2000): 1, 8-15.

141. "The Inward Journeys of Raimond Gaita." Quadrant 369 (September 2000): 46-52.

142. Review of Eater by Gregory Benford. New York Review of Science Fiction 145 (September 2000): 5-6.

143. "Shakespeare, Science Fiction and all that Jazz." Challenger 13 (Fall 2000): 13-15.

—. Reprinted. Steam Engine Time 3 (December 2001): 6-8.

—. Reprinted. Tirra Lirra 12, 4 (Winter 2002): 17-19.

144. Review of Distance Haze by Jamil Nasir. Nova Express 5, 4 (Fall/Winter 2000): 35.

145. (main author) The Phillips Fox Essential Guide to Employment Dismissals. Sydney: BLEC Publications, 2000.

146. (main author) The Phillips Fox Essential Guide to Workplace Discrimination and Sexual Harassment, BLEC Publications, 2000.

147. "1984." Review of 1984 by Samuel R. Delany. SFRA Review 248 (September/October 2000): 18-19.

148. Review of The Far Shore of Time by Frederick Pohl. New York Review of Science Fiction 148 (December 2000): 15-16.

149. "Free Speech and Hate Speech." Quadrant 373 (January-February 2001): 10-17.

150. Review of The Snow Queen by Eileen Kernaghan. New York Review of Science Fiction 151 (March 2001): 22.

151. "Future Problematic: Reflections on The City and the Stars." Earth is But a Star: Excursions through Science Fiction to the Far Future. Ed. Damien Broderick. Perth: UWA Press, 2001: 35-46.

152. "The Return of Lee Harding." Review of Heartsease by Lee Harding. Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 42 (2001): 52-56.

153. "Margaret Somerville and the Perils of Bioethics." Quadrant 376 (May 2001): 45-52.

154. Introduction to "Future Unimaginable" (feature on Damien Broderick). Abbaddon 3 (Autumn 2001): 27.

155. Review of @expectations by Kit Reed. New York Review of Science Fiction 154 (June 2001): 11-12.

156. Review of Worlds Vast and Various by Gregory Benford. Nova Express 6, 1 (Spring/Summer 2001): 27.

157. "Colloquium with Darko Suvin." Questions from Russell Blackford, Sylvia Kelso and Van Ikin. Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 43 (2001): 3-33.

158. "Bioethics versus Liberal Society: A Reply to Margaret Somerville." Quadrant 379 (September 2001): 51-55.

159. "Live Long! Live Free!" The Longevity Meme Internet site (published September 2001): URL http://www.longevitymeme.org/articles/

160. "Singer's Plea for Selflessness." Quadrant 380 (October 2001): 29-35.

161. "Technological Meliorism and the Posthuman Vision: Arthur C. Clarke and the Ultimate Future of Intelligence." New York Review of Science Fiction 159 (November 2001): 1, 10-12.

162. "Thinking about Cloning: A Reply to Judith Thomson." Journal of Law and Medicine 9 (2001): 238-50.

163. Review of Histories of the Future: Studies in Fact, Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Alan Sandison and Robert Dingley. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 12 (2001): 238-40.

164. "Science Fiction, Biotechnology and the Shadow of September 11." Quadrant 383 (January-February 2002): 30-33.

165. Review of Foundation's Triumph by David Brin. New York Review of Science Fiction 163 (March 2002): 22-23.

166. "Racism and Refugees." Quadrant 385 (April 2002): 7-14.

167. "Science Fiction and Biotechnology: A Conference in Thessaloniki." New York Review of Science Fiction 165 (May 2002): 16-17.

168. Review of The Collapsium by Wil McCarthy. Nova Express 6/2 (Summer 2002): 41.

169. Dark Futures. Book One of Terminator 2: The New John Connor Chronicles. New York: ibooks, 2002.

170. "The Supposed Rights of the Fetus." Quadrant 389 (September 2002): 11-17.

171. "Post-human Futures." Review of Transcension by Damien Broderick and Schild's Ladder by Greg Egan. Australian Book Review 244 (September 2002): 59-60.

---. Reprinted. Science Fiction Commentary 78 (February 2003): 22-23.

172. Review of Psychohistorical Crisis by Donald Kingsbury. New York Review of Science Fiction 169 (September 2002): 21-22.

173. "Beyond the Frankenscientist: Biotech and Biomedical Themes in Australian Science Fiction." Biotechnological and Medical Themes in Science Fiction. Ed. Domna Pastourmatzi. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press, 2002: 335-50.

174. "Stranger Than You Think: Arthur C. Clarke's Profiles of the Future." Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History. Ed. Darren Tofts, Annemarie Jonson, and Alessio Cavellaro. Sydney: Power Publications, 2002; co-published Boston: MIT Press, 2003: 252-63.

175. "There's madness in the Raelians' method." The Australian, 30 December 2002: 11.

176. Review of Dark Light by Ken MacLeod. New York Review of Science Fiction 173 (January 2003): 22-23.

177. "Surrogate Motherhood and Public Policy." Quadrant 394 (March 2003): 30-35.

178. "Is Declining Fertility a Problem?" Quadrant 394 (March 2003): 52-54.

179. "Smoke City." Gathering the Bones. Ed. Jack Dann, Ramsey Campbell, and Dennis Etchison. Sydney: HarperCollins, 2003: 139-55.

180. An Evil Hour. Book 2 of Terminator 2: The New John Connor Chronicles. New York: ibooks, 2003.

181. "Who's Afraid of the Brave New World?" Quadrant 396 (May 2003): 9-15.

182. Review of The Hard SF Renaissance. Ed David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. New York Review of Science Fiction 178 (June 2003): 11-14.

183. "Heinlein's Martian Named Smith." New York Review of Science Fiction 181 (September 2003): 1, 6-8.

184. Times of Trouble. Book 3 of Terminator 2: The New John Connor Chronicles. New York: ibooks, 2003.

185. "Sisyphus and the Meaning of Life." Quadrant 400 (October 2003): 54-57.

186. "Smart, Sinister Strange: Houses of the Future in Science Fiction Film." Experimenta House of Tomorrow exhibition catalogue/MESH 16 (2003): 64-66.

187. Review of The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. New York Review of Science Fiction 182 (October 2003): 22.

188. "Lawrence v. Texas: A Right to Personal Freedom?" Quadrant 401 (November 2003): 34-41.

189. "The Name of the Beast was Number." Microcosms. Ed. Gregory Benford. New York: DAW, 2004: 137-64.

190. Obituary for Norman Talbot. Locus 517 (February 2004): 82.

191. "Mutants, Cyborgs, AI & Androids." Meanjin 63, 1 (2004): 14-21.

192. "Debunking the Brave New World." Betterhumans Internet site (published March 2004): Available at URL http://betterhumans.com/

---. Republished in modified form as "Genetic Engineering Benefits Humans." Genetic Engineering: Writing the Critical Essay. Ed. Laurie S. Friedman. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2008:14-21.

193. "The Myth of Human Dignity." Betterhumans Internet site (published April 2004): Available at URL http://www.betterhumans.com/

194. "Try the Blue Pill: What's Wrong with Life in a Simulation?" Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise: Cultural Reception and Interpretation." Ed. Matthew Kapell and William G. Doty. New York: Continuum, 2004: 169-82.

195. "Liberty and Paternalism: A Reply to Tom Frame." Quadrant 407 (June 2004): 40-46.

196. Review of In Springvale Town by Robert Freeman Wexler. New York Review of Science Fiction 190 (June 2004): 14-15.

197. "We can Flourish as More than Human." Betterhumans Internet site (published June 2004): Available at URL http://www.betterhumans.com/

198. "Reading the Ruined Cities: Heuser's Cyberpunk at the Intersection of the Postmodern and Science Fiction." Science Fiction Studies 31 (2004): 264-70.

199. Review of Matters of Gravity: Special Effects and Supermen in the Twentieth Century by Scott Bukatman. NewYork Review of Science Fiction 191 (July 2004): 20-21.

200. Review of Spin State by Chris Moriarty. New York Review of Science Fiction 193 (September 2004): 20.

201. "It's Okay to Change Your Mind." Betterhumans Internet site (published July 2004): Available at URL http://www.betterhumans.com/

202. "Idol." Oceans of the Mind XIII (Fall 2004): 2-8.

203. "Transhumanism at the Crossroads." Betterhumans Internet site (published October 2004): Available at URL http://www.betterhumans.com/

204. "Australian Science Fiction: A Feast of Wonder." The Best Australian Science Fiction: A Fifty Year Collection. Ed. Rob Gerrand. Melbourne: Black Inc. 2004: xii-xx.

205. "Should We Fear Feath? Epicurean and Modern Arguments." Immortality Institute, ed.The Scientific Conquest of Death: Essays on Infinite Lifespans. Buenos Aires: LibrosEnRed, 2004. 257-69.

206. Review of x, y, z, t: Dimensions of Science Fiction by Damien Broderick. New York Review of Science Fiction 197 (January 2005): 19-20.

207. "The Supposed Sin of Defying Nature: Part One." Betterhumans Internet site (published January 2005): Available at URL http://www.betterhumans.com/

208. "The Supposed Sin of Defying Nature: Part Two." Betterhumans Internet site (published January 2005): Available at URL http://www.betterhumans.com/

209. "Human Cloning and 'Posthuman' Society." Monash Bioethics Review. 24, 1 (January 2005): 10-26.

210. "Greg Egan." A Companion to Science Fiction. David Seed, ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005: 441-51.

211. "Babies." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, ed. Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.

212. "Biology." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, ed. Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.

213. "Clones." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, ed. Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.

214. "Cycles." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, ed. Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.

215. "Death." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, ed. Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.

216. "Decadence." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, ed. Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.

217. "Far Future." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, ed. Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005..

218. "Mad Max." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, ed. Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.

219. "Marriage." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, ed. Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.

220. "Mutation." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, ed. Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.

221. "Nudity." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, ed. Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.

222. "Overpopulation." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, ed. Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.

223. "Rendezvous with Rama." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, ed. Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.

224. "Technology." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, ed. Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.

225. "The Terminator." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, ed. Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.

226. "Triton." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, ed. Gary Westfahl. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.

227. Kong Reborn. New York: ibooks, 2005.

228. Review of A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age by Daniel H. Pink. Cosmos # 5 (November 2005): 87.

229. Review of The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older by Elkhonon Goldberg. Cosmos # 7 (January 2006): 86.

230. Review of The Span of Mainstream and Science Fiction: A Critical Study of a New Literary Genre by Peter Brigg. New York Review of Science Fiction 210 (February 2006): 16-21.

231. "Stem cell research on other worlds, or why embryos do not have a right to life." Journal of Medical Ethics 32 (2006): 177-80.

232. Review of K-Machines by Damien Broderick. Cosmos # 10 (August/September 2006): 109.

233. Review of Where Did We Come From? by Carl Zimmer. Cosmos # 10 (August/September 2006): 110.

234. "Sinning Against Nature: The Theory of Background Conditions." Journal of Medical Ethics 32 (2006): 629-34.

235. Dr. Frankenstein meets Lord Devlin: Genetic Engineering and the Principle of Intangible Harm." The Monist 89 (2006): 526-47.

236. "Science Fiction." The Literary Encyclopedia. Published 10 November 2006.

237. Review of Visionary in Residence, by Bruce Sterling. New York Review of Science Fiction 220 (November 2006): 11-12.

238. Review of The Science Fiction Century, Volume One, edited by David G. Hartwell. New York Review of Science Fiction 220 (December 2006): 6-7.

239. "Differing Vulnerabilities: The Moral Significance of Lockean Personhood." American Journal of Bioethics - AJOB Neuroscience, 7, 1 (January 2007): 70-71.

240. "Slippery Slopes to Slippery Slopes: Therapeutic Cloning and the Criminal Law." American Journal of Bioethics, 7, 2 (February 2007): 63-64.

241. Review of The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins. Cosmos 13 (February-March 2007): 13.

242. Review of The Proteus Effect: Stem Cells and Their Promise for Medicine, by Ann B. Parson. Cosmos 13 (February-March 2007): 14.

243. Review of The Goldilocks Enigma: Why is the Universe Just Right for Life?, by Paul Davies. Cosmos 15 (June-July 2007): 92.

244. Review of Diversity and Discovery: The History of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute 1965-1996, by Sir Gustav Nossal. Cosmos 15 (June-July 2007): 93.

245. Review of The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering, by Michael J. Sandel. Monash Bioethics Review 26(3) (July 2007): 60-64.

246. Review of Mathematicians in Love, by Rudy Rucker.  New York Review of Science Fiction 228 (August 2007): 6-7.

247. "The Grandest Master: Arthur C. Clarke." Cosmos # 16 (August-September 2007): 95.

248. "The New Atheism rocks." Australian Rationalist # 77 (October 2007): 46-51.

249. "Australian Science Fiction." A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900. Nicholas Birns and Rebecca McNeer, eds. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2007: 375-86.

250. Review of Beyond AI: Creating the Conscience of the Machine, by J. Storrs Hall. Cosmos 19 (February-March 2008): 93.

251. Review of Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion, by Francis J. Ayala. Cosmos 21 (June-July 2008): 92.

252. "Brave New World: Science Fiction in Australia." Cosmos 21 (June-July 2008): 95.

253. "Manannan's Children" (story). Dreaming Again, ed. Jack Dann. Sydney: HarperCollins, 2008: 425-49.

254. "William Gibson: The Prince of Cyberpunk." Cosmos 22 (August-September 2008): 95.

255. Review of On the Beauty of Science: A Nobel Laureate Reflects on the Universe, God, and the Nature of Discovery. Cosmos 23 (October-November 2008): 94.

256. "Science Fiction." Books and Beyond: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of New American Reading, ed. Kenneth Womack. Westport, Conn. Greenwood Press, 2008: 805-33.

257. "Embracing The Unknown Future: In Defence of New Technology." Human Futures: Art In An Age of Uncertainty, ed. Andy Miah. Liverpool, University of Liverpool Press/FACT, 2008: 24-35.

258. "Editorial: Celebrating our past, imagining our future." Journal of Evolution and Technology 20(1) (December 2008): i-ii. Available at URL http://jetpress.org/v20/editorial.htm

259. "An Interview with Greg Egan." Aurealis 42 (2008): 16-23.

260. "Trite Truths About Technology: A Reply to Ted Peters." The Gobal Spiral 9, 9 (February 2009). Available at URL http://www.metanexus.net/magazine/tabid/68/id/10681/Default.aspx

261. (with Parijata Mackey) "What Is Transhumanism?" The Exception Magazine (March 23 2009). Available at URL http://exceptionmag.com/culture/society/000470/what-transhumanism?page=show

262. "Liberalism, humanism and freedom of speech: the trouble with religious vilification laws." Australian Humanist 94 (Winter 2009): 2-4.

263. "Russell Blackford on Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein." Normblog (12 May 2009). Available at http://normblog.typepad.com/normblog/2009/05/writers-choice-206-russell-blackford.html

264. Review of Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne. Journal of Evolution and Technology 20(1) (June 2009):  61-66.

265. (co-edited with Udo Schuklenk) 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

266. (co-authored with Udo Schukenk) "Stand up, stand up against Jesus." Guardian.co.uk Comment is Free (6 November 2009). Available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2009/nov/06/religion-atheism 

267. "The emperors have no clothes: Why I speak out against churches and sects." The Australian Atheist 18 (November-December 2009): 19-20.

268. "Moral pluralism versus the total view: why Singer is wrong about radical life extension." Journal of Medical Ethics 35 (2009): 747-52.

269. "Voicing our disbelief." The Philosophers' Magazine 48 (1st quarter 2010): 81-86.

270. "Editorial: Nietzsche and European Posthumanisms." Journal of Evolution and Technology 21(1) (January 2010): i-iii. Available at URL http://jetpress.org/v21/blackford.htm

271. Review of Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence edited by Susan Schneider. In New York Review of Science Fiction 257 (January 2010): 17-19.

272. "Science and the Sea of Faith." The Tangled Bank: Love, Wonder, and Evolution, ed. Chris Lynch. Tangled Bank Press, 2009: 347-62.

273. "Culture Shock." Review of  Gary Westfahl and George Slusser, eds. Science Fiction and The Two Cultures: Essays on Bridging the Gap Between the Sciences and the Humanities. Science Fiction Studies 37 (2010): 141-43.

274. "Morality, with limits." Guardian.co.uk Comment is Free (18 March 2010).  Available at URL http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/mar/18/evolution-morality-psychology


Recent books
Freedom of Religion and the Secular State. Chichester, West Sussex, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
 
50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists. Co-edited with Udo Schüklenk. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Freedom of Religion and the Secular State. Chichester, West Sussex, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

50 Great Myths About Atheism. Co-authored with Udo Schüklenk. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014.

Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds. Co-edited with Damien Broderick. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.

The Mystery of Moral Authority. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave, 2016.

Philosophy’s Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress. Co-edited with Damien Broderick. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017.


Some op-eds, etc., mostly recent
  • “Threat to Free Speech? Why I Don't Stand With Gawker.” ABC Religion and Ethics Portal, 6 June 2016.
  • “Suppress and Punish: The Dangerous Impulse to Shut Down Speech.” Free Inquiry 36(4) (June -July 2016).
  • “Islamophobia or anti-Muslim prejudice?” Free Inquiry 36(3) (April-May 2016). 
  • “Genetic editing and the tyranny of opinion.” Policy Forum. 23 December 2015.
  • “The not-at-all harsh reality of same-sex marriage.” Free Inquiry 36(1) (December 2015-January 2016).
  • “Freedom for the speech we oppose.” TPM Online. 13 October 2015.
  • “Should there be a Nobel prize for philosophy?” ABC The Drum. 8 October 2015.
  • “Angry atheists: A contemporary myth.” Free Inquiry 35(4) (June-July 2015).
  • “An odor of sanctimony: Responses to the Charlie Hebdo murders.” Free Inquiry 35(3) (April-May 2015).
  • “Surprisingly sensitive - Civility and freedom of speech.” Free Inquiry 35(1) (December 2014-January 2015).
  • “The Rushdie Affair - Lest we forget.” Free Inquiry 34(4) (June-July 2014).
  • “Upstream, downstream: Liberalism, direct harm, and hate speech.” Free Inquiry 34(2) (February-March 2014).
  • “Should we abolish morality?” Free Inquiry 33(3) (April-May 2013).
  • “The fascination of faitheism.” Free Inquiry 33(2) (February-March 2013).
  • “Up with secularism!” Free Inquiry 32(6) (October-November 2012).
  • “The state and the marriage business.” Free Inquiry 32(5) (August-September 2012).
  • “How free is the will? Sam Harris misses his mark.” ABC Religion and Ethics Portal. 27 April 2012.
  • “Who’s afraid of scientism?” Free Inquiry 32(3) (April-May 2012).
  • “We are doing something right: Steven Pinker and the decline of violence. ABC Religion and Ethics Portal. 28 March 2012.
  • “Changing marriage: Why the state has no place in the bedroom.” ABC Religion and Ethics Portal. 13 March 2012. (Republished 30 April 2013 as “Keeping the state in its place: The secular case for same-sex marriage.”)
  • “Feminism, faith, or freedom of speech: What's really at stake?” ABC Religion and Ethics Portal. 21 February 2012.
  • “Don't mention the war! A response to Cavanaugh.” ABC Religion and Ethics Portal. 8 February 2012.
  • “Why the secular state has no moral mandate.” ABC Religion and Ethics Portal. 25 January 2012.
  • “With friends like these: Atheists against the New Atheism.” ABC Religion and Ethics Portal. 28-29 April 2011.
  • “The mechanics of moral evaluation.” ABC Religion and Ethics Portal. 5 April 2011.
  • Moral scepticism versus Sam Harris's moral realism. ABC Religion and Ethics Portal. 28 January 2011.
  • “The state, religion, and the need for rational scrutiny.” ABC The Drum. 27 December 2010.
  • “Morality, with limits.” The Guardian (Comment is Free).18 March 2010.
  • “Stand up, stand up, against Jesus.” Co-authored with Udo Schüklenk. The Guardian (Comment is Free). 6 November 2009.   
  • “There’s madness in the Raelians’ method.” The Australian, 30 December 2002.


Some recent articles and book chapters

“Atheists for Freedom of Speech.” The Australian Book of Atheism, ed. Warren Bonett. Melbourne: Scribe, 2010: 299-312.

“Robots and Reality: A Reply to Robert Sparrow.” Ethics and Information Technology 14 (2012): 41-51.

“The Great Transition: Ideas and Anxieties.” The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future, ed. Max More and Natasha Vita-More. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013: 421-29.

“Introduction II: Bring on the Machines.” Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds, ed. Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014: 11-25.

“Living Without God.” Christianity is Not Great: How Faith Fails, ed. John W. Loftus. Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2014: 462-84.

“Religion and Politics.” The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, ed. Michael Gibbons et al. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014: 3195–3207.

“Why I still support Charlie Hebdo.” Politics, Policy & the Chance of Change: The Conversation Yearbook 2015, ed. John Watson. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2015. (Orig. pub. on the Cogito philosophy blog, September 20, 2015.)

Foreword to The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse, by Phil Torres. Durham, NC: Pitchstone Publishing, 2016: 13–16.  

“Nietzsche, the Übermensch, and Transhumanism: Philosophical Reflections.” In Nietzsche and Transhumanism: Precursor or Enemy?, ed. Yunus Tuncel. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2017: 191–204.

“Introduction I: Philosophy and the Perils of Progress.” In Philosophy’s Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress, ed. Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017: 1–12.

“The Sciences and Humanities in a Unity of Knowledge.” In Science Unlimited? The Challenges of Scientism, ed. Maarten Boudry and Massimo Pigliucci. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Forthcoming 2017.)
 
Some recent book reviews
  • Book review: Sam Harris’ The Moral LandscapeJournal of Evolution and Technology 21 (2) (December 2010: 53-62.
  • Review of Humanitys End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement, by Nick Agar. Monash Bioethics Review 29 (3) (May 2011): 8.1-8.7.
  • “The Invention of Ethics.” (Review of The Ethical Project, by Philip Kitcher.) The Philosophers' Magazine 56 (2012): 102-103. 
  • “Excessive Tolerance?” (review of The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age by Martha Nussbaum). The Philosophers' Magazine 59 (2012): 121-22.
  • “Sorting Out Religion with Brian Leiter.” (Review of Why Tolerate Religion?, by Brian Leiter.) Free Inquiry, August-September 2013: 57-59.     
  • Book review: Mark Coeckelbergh’s Human Being @ Risk: Enhancement, Technology, and the Evaluation of Vulnerability TransformationsJournal of Evolution and Technology 23 (1) (December 2013): 65-68.
  • “The Faith of a Conservative.” (Review of The Soul of the World, by Roger Scruton.) Free Inquiry, January 2014: 61-63.  
  • Review of Mind, Brain, and Free Will, by Richard Swinburne. Philosophy in Review XXXIV (June 2014): 110-112. 
  • Review of Mind, Brain, and Free Will, by Richard Swinburne. Philosophy in Review XXXIV (June 2014): 110-112. 
  • Book Review: Zoltan Istvan’s The Transhumanist WagerJournal of Evolution and Technology 24 (2) (September 2014): 89-91. 
  • “Atheism Rises.” (Review of Imagine Theres No Heaven, by Mitchell Stephens). The Philosophers' Magazine Online, 21 January 2015. 
  • “Talking About Goodness.” (Review of Confusion of Tongue: A Theory of Normative Language, by Stephen Finlay.) The Philosophers' Magazine 69 (2015): 121-22.
  • Book Review: Chris Abel’s The Extended Self: Architecture, Memes, and Minds. Journal of Evolution and Technology 25 (1) (June 2015): 53-55.
  • “Natural and Supernatural (Whatever They Are!).” (Review of The Blackwell Companion to Naturalism, ed. Kelly James Clark.) Free Inquiry 36(5) (August-September 2016): 52–56.




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This acclaimed series begins with the invention of the "fax," a high-tech device capable of reproducing material objects and, later on, living creatures.  People live in self-sufficient houses, controlled by obsessive Artificial Intelligences which see to their physical and emotional needs.  Or try to, anyway! Widespread social fragmentation results, on Earth and, in a more limited way, in space.  Eventually, the invention of "wellstone," a form of programmable matter, and "collapsium," a deadly crystal composed of miniature black holes, give rise to a unified interplanetary society known as the Queendom of Sol, whose long history extends for thousands of years afterward.

While technically rigorous, this series is certainly the most lighthearted of the author's works.  Many reviewers have described it as a "high-tech comedy of manners," although it is more properly a work of superscience-type hard SF, with extensive adventure and mystery elements.
 
 

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    Magnetic braking of the sailship Viridity for rendezvous with neutronium barge (illustration by Stephen Youll).

    Bruno de Towaji at his virtual workstation (cover design by The Ballantine Publishing Group)


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    Bruno de Towaji and Cheng Shiao beneath the surface of Mercury (illustration by Ed Cox)



     


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  • Moreso than any other Wil McCarthy work, the writing in The Collapsium and The Wellstone has been compared to a weird assortment of other authors.

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SHORT FICTION:

  • "The Dream of Houses": Analog, November '95 (Locus recommended reading list)

  • "The Dream of Castles": Analog, April '97

  • "The Dream of Nations": Analog, Oct '98 (Locus recommended reading list)

  • "Once Upon a Matter Crushed": Science Fiction Age, May '99 (Sturgeon Award Nominee, Locus recommended reading list)

  • "Garbage Day": Analog, December '02


NON-FICTION:

  • "Programmable Matter: A Retrospective": NATURE, October 06 2000
    Here was a rare opportunity to blend cutting-edge science and science fiction: Britain's prestigious NATURE magazine, as part of its millennium celebration, ran a series of bogus science articles from the future, each penned by a different science fiction author.  My contribution was cribbed largely from the appendices of THE COLLAPSIUM.
     

  • "Hacking Matter": Basic Books, March 2003
    This is a pop-science book detailing real-world developments in the field of programmable matter!

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