Mark Klemens


"...In this issue of Antipodes, we present seven essays on writers who were active in the 1960s. Some, such as Christina Stead and Thomas Keneally, are internationally acclaimed. Others are less well known. Still others will be completely new to many Antipodes readers. What they have in common is that each was writing during a period of substantial societal change, when established ideas were being challenged and new cultural identities were beginning to emerge. We also present an essay on a genre—Science Fiction—that was not widely studied in the 1960s, but which has a substantial footprint within that period. This article reminds us that some mainstream writers, such as Peter Carey, had early works based in sci-fi. It also reminds us of the power that literature has in overcoming barriers that are put in place by governments and individuals in positions of authority. Along with each of the contributors, I hope you enjoy this issue."