Nova Mob, Sept 2

Nova Mob’s Murray notes

At the September Nova Mob we look back about 150 years to early Australasian science fiction writers. Our speakers will be Anne Black and Lucy Sussex, and the discussion is set to cover Australia’s first science fiction novel and New Zealand’s second-most famous Victorian SF novel.

Anne Black will be talking about Adelaide writer George Isaacs who in 1865 had a short sf novel The Burlesque of Frankenstein published in Melbourne as part of a longer book Rhyme and Prose. The Burlesque of Frankenstein waited until 1989 before receiving stand-alone publication thanks to historian and fan Graham Stone. It’s not mentioned in the MUP Encyclopedia of Australian Science Fiction nor The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature. Anne has had published several articles and a book on George Isaacs.

Lucy Sussex will be discussing Anno Domini 2000, or: Woman’s Destiny, the 1889 utopian novel written by Sir Julius Vogel. Vogel was New Zealand’s Premier from 1873 to 1875 (when he was knighted) and again in 1876. Among other matters of note, Wikipedia says Vogel “is also noteworthy as one of the few practising Jewish prime ministers outside Israel”.

Our meeting will be by Zoom and is on Wednesday 2 September 8.00pm to 9.30 or so.  (7:30 to 9pm Adelaide time)

You are invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting:

Topic: Nova Mob Sep 2020 Anne Black & Lucy Sussex 

Time: 2 Sep 2020 08:00 PM Melbourne, 7:30pm Adelaide

Meeting ID: 417 758 3193
Passcode: nova

If the meeting fails partway through, just click the same link again and re-join.