About Christopher Palmer

Photo by Annette Whiter
Photo by Annette Whiter

The Author of Castaway Tales is Christopher Palmer. Christopher was educated at Sydney, Oxford and La Trobe universities and taught English Literature for many years at La Trobe University, in Melbourne, Australia, retiring in 2012. He is married with two children, one of whom lives in Tokyo and the other in LA; consequently, he and his wife are frequent fliers.

Here is a list of other publications by Christopher Palmer that you might want to get hold of:

Philip K Dick: Exhilaration and Terror of the Postmodern,
Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2003.

“Philip K. Dick” in A Companion to Science Fiction, edited by David Seed, Oxford: Blackwell, 2005, 389-397.

“Galactic Empires and the Contemporary Extravaganza: Dan Simmons and Iain M. Banks”,

Science Fiction Studies, 77 (vol. 26, pt.1), March 1999, 73-90. [See
http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/  for this and other articles in SFS]

“Generation Starships and After: ‘Never Anywhere To Go But In’?”, Extrapolation, volume 44 number 3, Fall 2003, 311-330. [See
http://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/loi/extr for this and other articles in Extrapolation]

Mona Lisa Overdrive and the Prosthetic”, Science Fiction Studies, 93, (vol. 31, part 2), July 2004, 227-242. [Essay on William Gibson’s novel]

The Teeth of the New Cockatoo: Mutation and Trauma in Greg Egan’s Teranesia”, in World Weavers: Globalization, Science Fiction, and the Cybernetic Revolution, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2005, 205 214. [For Teranesia see also chapter 7 of Castaway Tales]

“Big Dumb Objects in Science Fiction: Sublimity, Banality, and Modernity”, Extrapolation, volume 47 number 1, 2006, 95-111.

Pattern Recognition: ‘None of what we do here is ever really private’”, Science Fiction Studies, 100 (vol. 33, part 3), November 2006, 473 482. [Essay on William Gibson’s novel.]

“Saving the City in China Miéville’s Bas-Lag Novels”, Extrapolation, volume 50 number 2, 2009, 224-238. [Essay on Periodo Street Station, The Scar, and Iron Council]

“Kim Stanley Robinson: From Icehenge to Blue Mars”, in Visions of Mars, ed Slusser, Hendrix and Rabkin, McFarland: Jefferson NC and London: 2011, 139-145.

“Free Exchange and Dark Secrecy in the Capital”, in Changing the Climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe, ed Milner, Sellars and Burgmann, Melbourne: Arena, 2011, 45-56. [Essay on Kim Stanley Robinson’s Science in the Capital Trilogy]

“Ordinary Catastrophes: Paradoxes and Problems in Some Recent Post-Apocalypse Fiction’, in Green Planets, edited by Gerry Canavan and Kim Stanley Robinson, Wesleyan University Press, 2014, 158-175. [Discusses Douglas Coupland’s Girlfriend in a Coma, Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, and China Miéville’s Kraken]

“’What tongue shall smooth thy name?’ Recent Films of Romeo and Juliet”, Cambridge Quarterly, vol 32 number 1, 2003, 61-76.

“Teaching English Literature in 2004: An Australian Comment”, Cambridge Quarterly, vol 34 number 3, 2005, 285-295; with Dirk Den Hartog.

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