I had a great time taking part in this really interesting panel discussion on ‘The State of Cyberpunk Fiction in the Asia Pacific‘.

If you missed it, you can now watch it over on Kat Clay’s YouTube channel here.

Want to know more? Here’s the blurb to entice you:

Since Blade Runner, cyberpunk is a genre that has been traditionally associated with the US. It’s hard not to think of soaring skyscrapers over a futuristic San Francisco. And the recent release of games such as Cyberpunk 2077 reinforce this vision. 

But exciting things are happening in the cyberpunk genre outside the US. Join six authors from the Asia Pacific region as they discuss technology, politics, and representation in the genre – plus hear about their latest science fiction releases. 

This event was held in partnership with Melbourne’s annual Continuum convention, and the Australia 2025 bid for Worldcon. 

Speakers

Amanda Bridgeman 

Amanda is a Tin Duck Award winner, an Aurealis and Ditmar Awards finalist and author of several science fiction novels. Her works include the best-selling military SF/space opera AURORA series (previously published by Momentum Books/Pan Macmillan Australia), alien contact drama THE TIME OF THE STRIPES, and sci-fi mystery SALVATION series, consisting of THE SUBJUGATE and THE SENSATION (published by Angry Robot Books, UK). THE SUBJUGATE has been optioned for TV by an Oscar and Golden Globe nominated production company.

Corey J. White 

Corey J. White is the author of Repo Virtual and The VoidWitch Saga – Killing Gravity, Void Black Shadow, and Static Ruin – published by Tor.com Publishing. He studied writing at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, and is now based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jamila R. Nedjadi 

Jamila R. Nedjadi is the creative force behind Sword Queen Games and they believe in the power and magic of creative play. Their game BALIKBAYAN: Returning Home was nominated for the IGDN Indie Groundbreaker Award for best setting. Jammi is also a co-host of The Gauntlet podcast, a community podcast that focuses on play and indie TTRPGs.

Jammi is Filipino, queer, non-binary, and disabled. They believe that marginalized creators are the future of TTRPGs and all creative spaces.

T.R.  Napper

T.R. Napper’s stories have appeared in Asimov’s, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, and numerous other magazines listed here.  In 2017 he won the Aurealis Award for Best Short Story, and another of his stories was included in Neil Clarke’s ‘Best Science Fiction of the Year.’

He was awarded a Doctorate in Creative Writing in 2019, for his thesis The Dark Century: 1946 – 2046Noir, Cyberpunk, and Asian Modernity.  His debut short story collection, Neon Leviathan, came out in 2020. His debut novel, Thirty-Six Streetswill be published by Titan Books in 2022.

Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Yudhanjaya Wijeratne is the author of NumbercasteThe Inhuman Race, and several other stories. His work has been nominated for the Nebula Award, published on ForeignPolicy and Slate, and appeared on Amazon bestseller lists. His novels are available from HarperCollins and Aethon Books. 

As a researcher, he works with the Data, Algorithms and Policy team at LIRNEasia, a think tank working across the Global South; he also co-founded and helps run Watchdog Sri Lanka, a factchecker. 

When not doing these things, he argues with the cat and tinkers with OSUN, a series of AI+human experiments in creativity.

Host

Kat Clay

Kat Clay is a crime and horror author from Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of weird-noir novella Double Exposure. Her short story ‘Lady Loveday Investigates’ won three prizes at the 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Awards, including the Kerry Greenwood Prize for Best Malice Domestic.

Kat’s short stories have been published in Aurealis, SQ Mag, and Crimson Streets as well as several anthologies. Her non-fiction and criticism has been published in The Guardian, The Victorian Writer, Literary Traveler,and Weird Fiction Review.

Amanda Bridgeman

About Amanda Bridgeman

Amanda is an author and screenwriter. She is Tin Duck Award winner, an Aurealis and Ditmar Awards finalist and author of several science fiction novels, including THE SUBJUGATE which has been optioned for TV. She is also a two-time feature film pitch finalist for Universal (AU) and AACTA.

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