The first Australian novel to be serialised online completed its exciting run today, Monday 2 July 2007.
The new novel, Post Mortal Syndrome by Damien Broderick and Barbara Lamar, is an exciting blend of thriller and science fiction, with a poignant love story at its heart.
It has been running daily – chapter by exciting chapter – since April 16 on the online fiction section of the biggest-selling Australian science magazine, COSMOS.
Over that period, more than 2,000 people read the novel and followed the fast paced action – some on a daily basis, some weekly. In all, more than 100,000 pages views have already been registered by the novel … with many readers still to catch up on all of the 56 chapters.
“Damien Broderick is one of Australia’s best-known science fiction writers who is internationally respected in the genre,” said Wilson da Silva, Editor-in-Chief of COSMOS.
“It’s exciting to have been the first to serialise a complete, previously unpublished Australian novel online. And I think it’s fitting that the first novel to do so is one concerned with the future and the impact of science and technology on people and society,” he added.
Broderick, the winner of the 2006 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel for his most recent print book, K-Machines, is also the winner of four Ditmar Awards for Australian science fiction writing and the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.
He penned Post Mortal Syndrome with his wife, Barbara Lamar, a Texas lawyer and science fiction enthusiast.
COSMOS is a print magazine of ideas, science, society and the future. The winner of 14 awards – including Magazine of the Year and Editor of the Year at Australia’s Bell Magazine Awards in 2006 – it also publishes an original fiction story every issue.
Broderick, credited with inventing the term “virtual reality”, has served as the magazine’s Fiction Editor since its 2005 launch.