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Bishop, K J

Entry updated 16 January 2023. Tagged: Author.

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(1972-    ) Australian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Art of Dying" for Aurealis in 1997, which with other stories was assembled as That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote (coll 2012). She came into sudden recognition with her first novel, The Etched City (2003; rev 2004), a tale whose venue shares with the earlier work of M John Harrison a culture and a poisonous City at its heart where magic and Technology are not easily distinguished; balancing between sf and fantasy protocols, with an infusion of Western motifs, the novel exhibits an assured Equipoise which marks it as work whose heart is in the twenty-first century. Its protagonists, who seem at first romantically decadent, are viewed with a cold eye. This novel won a Ditmar Award. [JC]

Kirsten Jane Bishop

born Melbourne, Victoria: 6 March 1972



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