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Bridgeman, Amanda

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(?   -    ) Australian author whose Aurora sequence beginning with Darwin (2013 ebook) is set in a moderately distant Near Future galaxy, into which Homo sapiens is edgily expanding. In the first volume, a human force (see Military SF) must explore a mysterious abandoned Space Station, a mission complicated by a passel of new recruits, who must learn to live with veterans, some of whom have difficulty adjusting to women soldiers (see Clichés; Feminism; Women in SF). These two strands interact throughout the series, which grows in scale, climaxing in inevitable conflict as the suspected Aliens now threaten human space openly. Some of the women characters develop Superpowers.

Bridgeman is of perhaps greater interest for her second singleton, The Subjugate (2018), which is set in a Near Future America riven by interactions between increasingly potent Religious fundamentalism and "advances" in the creation of a managed society, with criminal elements being surgically altered to make them harmless. The plot involves an advanced penitentiary (see Crime and Punishment) and a possible escapee who may be butchering nearby members of the Children of Christ; the murder mystery is satisfyingly coped with in this sf context. [JC]

Amanda Bridgeman

born Geraldton, Western Australia




  • Darwin (Sydney, New South Wales: Pan Macmillan/Momentum, 2013) [ebook: Aurora: na/]
  • Pegasus (Sydney, New South Wales: Pan Macmillan/Momentum, 2013) [ebook: Aurora: na/Matt O'Keefe]
  • Aurora (Sydney, New South Wales: Pan Macmillan/Momentum, 2014) [Aurora: pb/]
  • Centralis (Sydney, New South Wales: Pan Macmillan/Momentum, 2015) [Aurora: pb/]
  • Eden (Sydney, New South Wales: Pan Macmillan/Momentum, 2015) [Aurora: pb/]
  • Decima (Belmont, Western Australia: Amanda Bridgeman, 2016) [Aurora: pb/]
  • Aurizun (Belmont, Western Australia: Amanda Bridgeman, 2019) [Aurora: pb/]

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