2020 Snapshot: Steve Cameron

Steve Cameron writes across a range of genres, although his first love is science fiction.

Born in Scotland, he immigrated to Australia as a young child. He met Lindsey, his wife, while working in Japan. In 2016 they moved to a quiet village near Lindsey’s home city of Lincoln, England, where they currently reside. He is also an avid film buff and loves local art and history. He is a mad Essendon supporter and watches every match, even when he has to wake at 4am due to the time difference.

Steve has been fortunate enough to have his stories in a range of publications, including Galaxy’s Edge, Aurealis, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Dimension6 and Sherlock Holmes: The Australian Casebook. He can be found at http://www.stevecameron.website

1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

Unfortunately, I’ve had to put my fiction writing on the backburner for the past couple of years. For a number of reasons, I’ve moved out of secondary teaching and into Higher Education, then recently into a new role as a Digital Education Developer. The pandemic emerged just as I commenced, so you can imagine how busy we became in a very short time. My learning curve drastically steepened.

I’m also currently completing my Masters in Digital Technologies, Communication and Education, which has eaten up most of my “free” time. As such, most of my writing has been academic. I’m now completing my final module, and about to commence my research and write a dissertation.

As such, I’ve written very little new fiction. In January, I managed to escape to a country cottage with some friends for a weekend of rewrites, which was a lot of fun. And I did manage a publication in January after I sent out an older story on a whim last year. I was grateful to have “This is my Blood” appear in the final issue of Outposts of Beyond.

I continue to carry my writer’s journal, noting ideas and thoughts, and once my studies and job settle down, I plan to return to regular writing and publication.

2. What has been the best publishing or SF community experience of your career so far?

I am always appreciative when an editor or publisher enjoys my story enough to buy it and publish it. And I’m grateful when I receive a review or comments from someone who has read my story. Receiving an acceptance email is always wonderful, but there is something very special about the first sale. I remember that day very clearly, and I was filled with such joy I danced around the house. Fortunately, I was home alone at the time.

Since then I’ve had a couple of highlights. The best one was probably the sale of Holland:1944 to Mike Resnick at Galaxy’s Edge. His comments and advice were inspiring and encouraging, and the editing was a superb experience. I was thrilled when I received positive reviews and great comments from some well-known writers. And then I was excited when Mike re-bought the story for a ‘best of’ collection. My inclusion in Sherlock Holmes: The Australian Casebook was another highlight. It was, and continues to be, nothing but a fabulous experience.

3. Which recent Australian/NZ work would you recommend to international fans interested in expanding their Antipodean spec fic knowledge? 

I tend not to read much digitally, as I spend most of my life on a computer with my work and studies. As such, I haven’t maintained my reading of Aurealis, Andromeda Spaceways or Dimension6, although they would be good places to start for international fans. I haven’t heard much from Australia’s small press in the past few years, and unless they are available from a UK supplier, the international postage is a killer these days. I have bought a few collections and books from UK small press and local authors.

Recently, however, I managed to find a copy of The Total Devotion Machine by Rosaleen Love, which I really enjoyed, but is a few years old. When I visited Australia in December, I bought Tell Me Why, Archie Roach’s autobiography, and Derek Rielly’s biography of Gulpilil. Neither are SF, but both important Australian books. Apart from those, I’ve also read some Australian football and music books. I have Thoraiya Dyer’s Titan’s Forest trilogy in my TBR stack, and I’m looking forward to the new collection from Cat Sparks.

Internationally, I really enjoyed Rosewater, by Tade Thompson, and Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction, translated and edited by Ken Liu.

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