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Professor Van Ikin

Senior Honorary Research Fellow
English and Cultural Studies

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English and Cultural Studies
The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2280
+61 8 6488 1030
Room G34, Arts Building, Crawley campus
BA PhD Syd.
Co-author (with Russell Blackford and Sean McMullen) of Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction (Westport: Greenwood Publishing, 1999)
Co-editor (with Terry Dowling) of Mortal Fire: best Australian SF (Sydney: Coronet, 1993)
Editor, Glass Reptile Breakout and Other Australian Speculative Stories (Perth: CSAL, 1990)
Editor, Australian Science Fiction (Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 1982; Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers, 1985).

Other critical writings have appeared in Australian Literary Studies, Island, Quadrant, Southerly, Westerly, The Penguin Literary History of Australia, The St James Guide to Science Fiction Writers, Twentieth Century Australian Science Fiction Writers.

Reviewer of sf/fantasy/horror for The Sydney Morning Herold since 1984 and since 1976 a compiler of the Annual Bibliography of Australian Literature published in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature.

Editor of the journal Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature, which he has published since 1977.

Short stories have appeared in Envisaged Worlds, Omega Science Digest, Other Worlds, Alien Worlds, The West Australian, and other sf/fantasy literary competitions.
Honours and awards
UWA Excellence in Teaching Award for Postgraduate Supervision 2000.
Inaugural winner (in 1992)Chandler Award for Achievement in the Field of Science Fiction and Fantasy. He previously won the Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award, the Ditmar Award, and has twice won the William Atheling Award for Science Fiction Criticism.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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