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Webb, Janeen

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic, Editor.

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(1951-    ) Australian author, editor and critic, married to Jack Dann since 1995, who has published notable essays and reviews since 1985 and who was part of the influential editorial collective of Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series from 1987 to the magazine's closure in 1991. With Dann she co-edited Dreaming Down-Under: Thirty-one Original Stories From the Wild Side of Australian Speculative Fiction (anth 1998), winner of the Ditmar Award and World Fantasy Award as best anthology. A nonfiction work of note is Aliens & Savages: Fiction, Politics, and Prejudice in Australia (1998) with Andrew Enstice.

Webb's first story of genre interest was "Death at the Blue Elephant" in Enter: HQ/Flamingo Short Story Collection (anth 1997); this is assembled along with most of her early short work as Death at the Blue Elephant (coll 2014). The Sinbad Chronicles series, comprising Sailing to Atlantis (2001) and The Silken Road to Samarkand (2003), is Young-Adult fantasy. The Dragon's Child (2018 chap), set in a fantasy version of Hong Kong, is a Satire in which Shapeshifting dragons (see Supernatural Creatures) comprise a ruthless corporate elite. The hoards they accumulate are digital. The tale is all the more chilling (and engrossing) for being told deadpan. [DRL]

Janeen Webb

born Newcastle, New South Wales: 29 August 1951



Sinbad Chronicles

individual titles

  • The Dragon's Child (Hornsea, East Yorkshire: PS Publishing, 2018) [chap: hb/Greg Bridges]
  • The Gold-Jade Dragon (Hornsea, East Yorkshire: PS Publishing/PS Australia, 2020) [hb/Greg Bridges]



works as editor


Dreaming Down-Under

nonfiction works as editor


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