Interview with Kate Orman: Dr Who author

McKee, Alan (2005) Interview with Kate Orman: Dr Who author. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 19(1), pp. 127-139.

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As one of the Australia's most prolific and popular young authors, Kate Orman's intellectual work reaches readers around the world. She has written twelve novels (four of them co-authored) and a co-authored novella, from The Left-Handed Hummingbird (1993) to Blue Box (2003). These have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide, and she has received widespread critical acclaim. Four of her books have been shortlisted for Australia's Aurealis award for 'Best Australian SF novel'.

Orman works almost exclusively within the SF genre - specifically within the subgenre of TV tie-in, using the BBC's television series Doctor Who to provide the universe in which she places her novels. She blends, as many SF authors do, the exploration of ideas with the traditional strengths of popular culture - accessible narrative and recognisable characters. Orman uses these genre novels to explore ethical issues of some complexity: and speaking to this successful public intellectual gives us an insight into the intellectual work of popular culture. When is it acceptable to kill and what are the ramifications of such an action? How are ethical issues addressed in popular novels? What makes a character into a hero? And what is the social function of heroic fantasy?

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ID Code: 14610
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Science Fiction, Authors, Television Programs, Culture, Ethics, Violence, Film Criticism
DOI: 10.1080/1030431052000336342
ISSN: 1469-3666
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Screen and Media Culture (200212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) (190402)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [Continuum: journal of media and cultural studies 19(1):pp. 127-139]. [Continuum: journal of media and cultural studies] is available online at informaworldTM with
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:03

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