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Omega Science Digest

Entry updated 21 August 2012. Tagged: Publication.

Australian popular-science magazine, A4-size, publishing an average of two sf stories per issue; 37 bimonthly issues January/February 1981 to January/February 1987, edited by Philip Gore. The parent magazine was the US Science Digest, discontinued at around the same time. Though unexceptional as a science magazine, Omega Science Digest was, with a circulation around 35,000, for six years the most important publisher of Australian short sf, printing 78 stories by Australian authors, illustrated by Australian artists such as Mark McLeod, Tony Pyrzakowski and Frantz Cantor. Authors included Russell Blackford, Damien Broderick, Simon Brown, Sean McMullen, Jack Wodhams and, perhaps most notably, Terry Dowling, whose popular stories in Omega Science Digest attracted much local notice. Two of them, his professional debut, "The Man Who Walks Away Behind the Eyes" (May 1982) and "Terrarium" (May/June 1984) both won Ditmar Awards. [PN/MA]


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