Damien Broderick1944) is an Australian science fiction and popular science writer.
Four of his novels have won Ditmar Awards (including the non-SF Transmitters, which was given a special award); the first, The Dreaming Dragons, was runner-up for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. In November, 2003 he was awarded a grant for 2004-05 by the Australia Council to write fiction exploring the technological singularity.
His best-known works as a futurist and science writer are The Spike (1997; revised 2001), a non-fiction work about the technological singularity; and The Last Mortal Generation (1999) on the prospect of radically extended youthful longevity.
His most recent novel, The Hunger of Time (2003), has been published as an ebook and in Print on Demand (PoD) format. His most recent critical study, x, y, z, t: Dimensions of Science Fiction (2004) was also released in PoD format. Both of these books have cover art by Swedish transhumanist Anders Sandberg, as does his critical sf anthology Earth is but a Star (2001).
His most recent traditionally-published novel was Transcension (2002).
He has also written radio plays, both adaptations of his own stories and original works. His original play Schrödinger's Dog, first broadcast in 1995, was entered in the Prix Italia; and his short story adaptation of the story, published the following year, was selected for Gardner Dozois' Year's Best Science Fiction collection for that year.
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