Why speculate - the current state of 'spec-fic' publishing

Sparks, C and Michael, R 2018, 'Why speculate - the current state of 'spec-fic' publishing', Text Journal of Writing and Writing Course, no. 51, pp. 1-15.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Why speculate - the current state of 'spec-fic' publishing
Author(s) Sparks, C
Michael, R
Year 2018
Journal name Text Journal of Writing and Writing Course
Issue number 51
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher Australasian Association of Writing Programs
Abstract This collaborative paper explores how the 'spec-fic' category may be responding to contemporary political and environmental challenges. It presents two case studies, in the personal writing and professional publishing experiences of authors Rose Michael and Cat Sparks, to consider the ways speculative fiction engages with real-world concerns. The paper acknowledges the genre's contested relationship to harder-to-categorise cross-genre or interstitial forms of non-realist fiction, as well as its obvious antecedents in science fiction and its arguable overlap with 'big L' literature. As creative practitioners and published authors who dis/identify with generic labels in different ways, the authors contend that the use, misuse, and abuse of genre conventions has been, and continues to be, personally and professionally productive - particularly in a contemporary publishing landscape impacted by changes to technology and platforms that have transformed traditional relationships and roles.
Subject Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Keyword(s) creative writing
spec-fic
science fiction
publishing
genre conventions
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