2020 Snapshot: Margaret Morgan

Margaret Morgan is a Sydney author and screenwriter with a background in law and biological science. She been writing short fiction, librettos and TV drama since the 1980s. Her debut novel, The Second Cure, was published by Penguin Random House in 2018 and was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

  1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

I am working with Bunya Productions (makers of Mystery Road), developing a miniseries adaptation of The Second Cure. It’s been a long time since I wrote for television and am loving working in that medium again – especially given how much more sophisticated television story-telling has become in recent years. Adaptation is a fascinating process. While the story of The Second Cure was linear in the novel, we’ve completely restructured it now. I so hope it comes to fruition, but given these perilous times and how they’ve impacted upon the film and television industries, there is even less certainty than usual that projects will get made. I have all my digits crossed.

Meanwhile, I am well into my second novel. It’s a political thriller, like my first, and also set in Australia – but this time without the science fiction elements. It is bliss to be involved in the world of my new characters and their concerns, and setting off on their journey with them. I have a pretty clear idea of there that journey will take them, but am keeping myself open to the possibility of them taking me by surprise.

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

Having my favourite high school teacher (Mrs Pitts, who taught me English literature in my senior years) turn up to a book reading was a pure joy. We hadn’t seen each other in decades. I might have cried.

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

James Bradley’s latest, Ghost Species, takes on the ethics of the resurrection of an extinct species, our near cousins the Neanderthals. Like much of his previous work, it explores the Anthropocene and climate change, doing so in a character-driven, emotionally-compelling way.

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