Southerly 74.1

Forward Thinking: Utopia and Apocalypse

This issue considers how to think about the future in a time that doubts it will occur. It addresses the question of how culture retains its capacity to imagine possible futures in the face of multiple forces that threaten its existence: climate change, global war, the extinction of species. In local terms, Forward Thinking looks at how Australian literature imagines the world beyond present constraints and crises or as its impending corollary.




Bill Ashcroft, The Horizon of the Future Robin Gerster, Exile on Uranium Street: The Australian Nuclear Blues Lucy Sussex, Apocalypse vs Utopia: A Writer’s Guide William M. Taylor, Everyday war memorials to the end of all wars: building cemeteries and collecting war trophies in a culture of commemoration Jessica White, Fluid Worlds: Reflecting Climate Change in The Swan Book and The Sunlit Zone Darren Jorgensen, Geopolitics in Greg Egan’s Science Fiction Danny Anwar, The Island called Utopia in Patrick White’s The Tree of Man


Ariel Riveros Pavez, Whilst I was here with you and living on the other side of the world… Bev Braune, Waiting my turn Nicolette Stasko, Circus Act Mark Roberts, museum Paul Magee, Observatory Toby Fitch, from Jerilderies Zoe Dzunko, After Asbury Andy Jackson, Double-helix Matthew da Silva, On the way to New England Dugald Williamson, Ode Phillip Hall, Carpentaria Running the Flag Margaret Bradstock, The Marriage (1823–1850) Joe Dolce, Place Name Anne Elvey, eden William Fox, The Last Crusade π.ο., Graham Kennedy 1934-2005 John Hawke, Pietà Ben Walter, Joseph Hooker’s Hands


Siang Lu, The Canton of Our Subconscious Choreography Lucy Sussex, Apocalypse Rules Susan Midalia, The hook


Rozanna Lilley, The Little Prince, and other vehicles Liesl Nunns, And in our room too Stephanie Bishop, Weatherman


Gretchen Shirm, of Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North a.j. carruthers, of Astrid Lorange, Food Turns into Blood and of Melinda Bufton, Girlery Megan Nash, of Elizabeth Harrower, In Certain Circles Joseph Cummins, of Alex Miller, Coal Creek Geoff Page, of Tim Thorne, The Unspeak Poems and other verses and of Chris Wallace-Crabbe, My Feet Are Hungry Sarah Day, of Peter Timms, Asking For Trouble Ali Jane Smith, of Jill Jones, The Beautiful Anxiety NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

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The essays range from Bill Ashcroft’s discussion of the utopian possibilities within literature itself to Australian science fiction, recent literary works that envisage post-catastrophic worlds and the role of catastrophic commemoration. There is also Lucy Sussex’s account of writing and teaching speculative fiction and a consideration of the utopian speculations of late Marxism as a way of opening up older works from the Australian archive to new readings – to give them a future, so to speak. The issue includes fiction that relates to the theme as well as work that too compelling not to publish immediately. The issue contains a wealth of new poetry – a testimony to the current range and strength of this field – and reviews of new fiction, non-fiction and poetry.


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