I grew up watching Doctor Who, Star Wars, and reading Spec Fic. Anything I could get my hands on, if it had a dragon on the cover or a spaceship, I was there. Which back in those days (the Eighties) meant books from the UK or the US. When I discovered that there were people writing Spec Fic in Australia, it blew my mind. It made me think that maybe I could have a crack at it as well.
Australian Spec Fic was extremely hard to find growing up in the Eighties, but these days it’s everywhere, and it’s weird and wild and wonderful. Here are five of my favourites, old and new.