Articles

 

101 Things To Do Before You Grow Up, Hinkler Books, Melbourne, 2009.

  • Construction
    I wrote 14 articles for the Construction section on all sorts of things from making a paper plane to constructing a web page.
  • Gadgets
    I wrote 13 articles for the Gadgets section on all sorts of things from making a potato battery to building a radio.

 

Aussiecon 3 (57th World Science Fiction Convention) Souvenir Program Book, September 1999.

  • Australian Genre Film and Television: It does exist

 

Baillieu 50th Anniversary Memory Board

 

Behind The News Magazine, Pearson Australia

  • Living in a Digital World (Issue 7) May 2009.
    A feature article about digital media technology such as mobile phones and digital cameras.
  • Disaster or Natural Cycle? (Issue 6) March 2009.
    A feature article about Australian bushfires.
  • The World Wide Wait? (Issue 6) March 2009.
    This article, about broadband access in Australia, is adapted from an episode of the Behind the News television series, and credited under the original reporter’s name.
  • Tecno-Home (Issue 5) Oct 2008
    A feature article about the use of technology in the home.

 

Challenge Magazine, Pearson Australia

  • Make and Do: Make a Film (2010, Issue 1)
    Basic instructions on how to make a film for the regular “Make and Do” section.
  • I, Robot (2009, Issue 4)
    As the name suggests, this is a feature article about robots.
  • Go Graphics! (2009, Issue 2)
    A feature article incorporating interviews with graphic designer Kerri Valkova and visual effects compositor Cameron Smith.
  • My Music (2008, Issue 4)
    A feature article about how kids listen to music, incorporating mini-interviews with seven kids aged between 11 and 14.
  • The Future is Now (2008, Issue 2)
    A feature article about predictions for the future, both past and present.
  • Who Am I (2008, Issue 1)
    A feature article about personality and the “nature” versus “nurture” debate.
  • Weather Watch (2007, Issue 4)
    A feature article based on an interview with Richard Whitaker meteorologist at The Weather Channel.
  • Order In The House (2006, Issue 4)
    A feature article about the Australian system of government.
  • Drama Games (2006, Issue 3)
    A short article about playing improvised drama games.
  • Future Reality (2006, Issue 2).
    An article about current technology foreshadowed by science fiction.
  • Adventures of a Rock Detective (2005, Issue 2)
    An article about rock monoliths in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Wayang (2003, Issue 2)
    An article about Wayang puppetry in Indonesia.
  • Night Vision (2002, Issue 3)
    An article about night vision technology – from military binoculars to security cameras – and the privacy issues they raise.
  • Making Movie Magic (2001, Issue 3)
    An article about film soundtracks, including an interview with Guy Gross, who has composed music for film and TV, from The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to Farscape.

 

Comet Magazine, Pearson Australia

  • Virtual Pets (2008, Issue 3)
    A feature article about virtual pets such as Tamagotchi.

 

Dialogue, Open Learning Australia

    I wrote numerous articles for this client publication between 1995 and 1998, while employed at Open Learning Australia.

 

Doctor Who and Race, ed. Lindy Orthea, Intellect Books, 2013.

  • That was then, this is now: how my perceptions have changed
    This book is an academic anthology examining the television series, Doctor Who and its approach to issues of race. My essay is about two classic series Doctor Who stories, “The Mutants” and “The Talons of Weng Chiang”.


Explore Magazine, Pearson Australia

  • Garden Design (2011, Issue 1)
    A feature article about kitchen gardens in schools and how their location affects their design.
  • New Earth (2010, Issue 2)
    A feature article about the possibilities of terraforming Mars.
  • Storytellers (2010, Issue 1)
    A feature article about May Gibbs and Jackie French.
  • Illustrating Bedtails (2009, Issue 3)
    An article based around an interview with illustrator Mitch Vane.
  • Polar People (2007, Issue 1)
    An article about the Inuit people of the circumpolar regions.
  • Icons of Style (2006, Issue 4)
    An article about trends in style and fashion.
  • A Delicate Balance (2006, Issue 1)
    An article about the delecate desert ecosystem.
  • A Fine Hand (2004, Issue 1)
    An article about decorative artist Bruce Walker and his work on the restoration of Luna Park’s famous carousel.
  • Lasting Impressions (2003, Issue 3)
    An article about how money is made, from the minting of coins to the printing of notes.
  • Space Fiction vs Fact (2001, Issue 4)
    An article comparing the realities of space exploration with fiction. What has science fiction got right? And what has it got wrong?

 

Frontier: The Australian Science Fiction Media Magazine

  • Virginia Hey (Issue 23, Oct-Dec 2001)
    An interview with Virginia Hey, who plays Zhaan in the television series Farscape.
  • CyberGirl (Issue 22, July-Sept 2001)
    An article about the Australian children’s television series, CyberGirl. This article includes an interview with series creator Jonathan M Shiff.
  • Dark Sides (Issue 21, Oct-Dec 2000)
    An article about the Australian television pilot, Damon Dark.
  • More Breakfast (Issue 20, July-Sept 2000)
    A behind-the-scenes look at the second series of Pig’s Breakfast, including interviews with co-creator Mark Shirrefs and puppet designer Philip Millar.
  • Thunderstone 3 (Issue 19, April-June 2000)
    A behind-the-scenes look at the third season of the Australian kids’ science fiction series Thunderstone. Includes an interview with director Mark DeFriest and star, Jeffrey Walker.
  • Apollo Returns (Issue 17, Oct-Dec 1999)
    An interview with American actor Richard Hatch about his plans to bring the television series Battlestar Galactica back to the screen.
  • Thuderstone 2 (Issue 16, July-Sept 1999)
    An article about the making of the second series of Thunderstone, including an interview with series creator/producer Jonathan M Shiff.
  • Alien’s Breakfast (Issue 16, July-Sept 1999)
    An interview with Mark Shireffs about his new series, Pig’s Breakfast, a kid’s sci-fi sit-com.
  • Thuderstone (Issue 15, April-June 1999)
    An article about the Australian series Thunderstone.
  • Damon Dark (Issue 15, April-June 1999)
    A short article about the Channel 31 series Damon Dark.
  • Ocean Girl gets Animated (Issue 14, Feb – March 1999)
    An interview with Colin J South, producer of the animated series, The New Adventures of Ocean Girl.
  • Watching the Future (Issue 12, Aug-Oct 1998)
    An interview with Jonathan M Shiff, creator of the internationally successful Australian television series Ocean Girl.
  • Alien Abduction (Issue 11, May-July 1998)
    An article about some of my experiences working as an extra and bit-part actor on various science fiction related shows such as Half Way Across of the Galaxy and Turn Left and Mission: Impossible.
  • Patrick Stewart: an interview (Issue 9, Nov-Feb 1997/8)
    An interview conducted with Patrick Stewart, Captain Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation, prior to his appearance at Hoyts Cinemas in Melbourne for “A Night With Patrick Stewart”.
  • Parallel Worlds and Future Times (Issue 9, Nov-Feb 1997/8)
    An interview with Mark Shirrefs and John Thomson, writers of Spellbinder and The Girl From Tomorrow.
  • The Desolate Future of Zone 39 (Issue 8, Aug-Oct 1997)
    An article about the Australian film Zone 39.
  • Ocean Travels (Issue 7, May-July 1997)
    An article about the production of the fourth season of the Australian television series Ocean Girl.
  • Balanced Particle Freeway (Issue 6, Feb-April 1997)
    An article about the production of the children’s tele-feature Balanced Particle Freeway.
  • Ozvision (Issue 5, December 96/January 97)
    A guide to Australian science fiction and fantasy television productions.
  • From the Ocean to the Freeway (Issue 4, October/November 1996)
    An interview with Carole Wilkinson, scriptwriter of Balanced Particle Freeway.
  • The Aussie Boom (Issue 3, August/September 1996)
    A short article about recent Australian science fiction and fantasy productions.

 

Literacy Network Magazine, Macmillan Education Australia

  • Photographic Memory (2012)
    A short article about photographic memory and the National Memory Championship.
  • Fingerprinting (2012)
    A short article about accidental discoveries in the science of modern fingerprinting.
  • Volcanoes (2010)
    A short article about how volcanoes erupt.

 

Melbourne Agenda

  • Inner-city Inline (Issue 66, 7 November 1994)
    An article about inline skating in the Melbourne CBD.
  • CBD Bookshop Hop (Issue 63, 26 September 1994)
    An article about unusual bookshops in the Melbourne CBD.
  • Will The Regent ever be restored? (Issue 59, 1 August 1994)
    An article about the Regent Theatre in Melbourne.

 

Multiverse 4 Souvenir Program Book, Multiverse Inc., June 2001

  • Melbourne: Ciy of Science Fiction
    An article about science fiction in Melbourne. Everything from television productions to fan clubs.

 

Outside In — anthology series.

 

Oz Kids in Print, Children’s Charity Network

  • Completing the Gamers Trilogy (August 2014)
  • What If? (March 2012)
  • The Challenge of a Computer Gaming Sequel (August 2011)
  • Reading and Gaming – It’s All Cool! (February 2010)
    A look at the similarities between reading and playing computer games.

 

PM Guides Reading Literacy Cards, NELSON Cengage Leanring

  • “Northern Skies”, April 2016.
  • “Robots”, Nov 2015.

 

Reading Box, Teachers 4 Teachers

  • Blast from the Future Past, Reading Box Green, 2007.
    An article about time travel in science fiction.
  • Fragile Ecosystem: The Deserts of the World, Reading Box Green, 2007.
    A re-written version of “A Delicate Balance”, which first appeared in Explore (2006, Issue 1).
  • Instant Acting, Reading Box Red, 2008.
    A re-written version of “Drama Games”, which first appeared in Challenge (2006, Issue 3).
  • Space Age Predictions, Reading Box Green, 2007.
    Aa re-written version of “Space Fiction vs Fact”, which first appeared in Explore (2001, Issue 4).
  • Trend Setters, Reading Box Green, 2007.
    A slightly re-written version of “Icons of Style”, which first appeared in Explore (2006, Issue 4).
  • Land of the Pyramids, Reading Box Green, 2007.
    A general article about Egypt, based on a visit there in 2001.

 

South Australian English Teachers’ Association newsletter

  • Studying a sequel: the potential use of Gamers’ Challenge in classroom discussions (Spring 2011)
  • Studying Gamers’ Quest (Autumn 2010)

 

The Big Question, Pearson Australia

  • Bruce Parker – Managing Director, HM Gem Engines (2007, Issue 2)
    A feature interview with Bruce Parker, the Managing Director of a company that remanufactures engines and cylinder heads.
  • Peter Angelico – Managing Director, A Bending Pty Ltd (2007, Issue 2)
    A feature interview with Peter Angelico, the Managing Director of a manufacturing company specialising in tube and pipe bending.
  • Tania de Jong – Soprano (2007, Issue 1)
    A feature interview with Tania de Jong, Soprano and founder of The Song Room.
  • Craig Morris – Club DJ (2007, Issue 1)
    A feature interview with club DJ Craig Morris.

 

UniNEWS, The University of Melbourne

    I wrote numerous articles for this publication in 1998, while employed at The University of Melbourne.

 

Victorian Historical Journal, Royal Historical Society of Victoria

  • Victoria’s Suburban Cinemas: From Converted Building to Multi-Screen Complex (Vol.66, No.2, November 1995)
    An article about the history of suburban cinemas in Victoria, based on one chapter of my MA thesis.

 

Viewpoint: on books for young adults, The University of Melbourne

  • Playing Gamers’ Quest (Vol.18 No.1 Autumn 2010)
    An article about the writing of Gamers’ Quest.

 

Voiceworks: Australia’s Youth Culture Magazine, Express Media

  • An Extra’s Life (Winter 1994)
    An article about my experiences working as an extra in Australian film and television.

 

You and Who: Contact Has Been Made, ed. Christopher Bryant, Miwk Books, USA, 2013.

    This is a collection of essays about the television series Doctor Who, and includes my essay “The Ghost of Doctor’s Past”.

 

You and Who Else, ed. JR Southall, Watching Books, UK, 2015.

    This is a collection of essays about British science fiction and fantasy television. It includes my essay “Crushed by Tripods”, about the series adaptation of John Christopher’s The Tripods.