Sean McMullen is an Australian science fiction author with 25 books and more than 90 stories published in over a dozen languages.
His latest collection, Dreams of the Technarion, was published by ReAnimus Press in 2017. It contains ten of his recent stories, plus a history of Australian science fiction from 1837 to 2017, Outpost of Wonder.
Sean became a science fiction professional while an undergraduate, singing in a SF opera staged by the Victorian State Opera. Around now he was also earning money from fantasy, singing ballads in Melbourne’s folk clubs. His career as an author took off when he won the writing competition at the 1985 World SF Convention. All the while he had a day job in scientific computing at the Bureau of Meteorology.
Two years later his story Hard Cases was made into a short film, directed by Terry Shepherd and starring Mike Bishop, Lliam Amor and Eve Morey – Sean made a cameo appearance as Mr Guard.
It is no surprise that his daughter Catherine decided that a career in script-writing would be pretty cool, and she has since won the Peter Ustinov and John Hinde awards for her scripts.
Catherine, the 2016 Ustinov Award winner
The following year saw the release of his signature steampunk novel of psychopathic librarians and human powered computers, Souls in the Great Machine. He was also a pioneer in electronic publication, and his 2002 story in sf.com, Voice of Steel was a nominee for the British Science Fiction Association Award, and won the Nova Fantastyka Readers Award.
Sean and Catherine at the 2011 Hugos
Early in the new millennium he completed his Greatwinter and Moonworlds series of novels. Due to the demands of his PhD, increased responsibilities at work, and his duties as a karate instructor at Melbourne University, Sean now decided to focus his SF for adults on short fiction, and branch into SF and fantasy for Young Adults.
On the set during the shooting of Hard Cases
In 2014 Sean quit his computing job and became a full time author. In the same year he revived his acting and musical skills to do a series of readings of his stories, which can be heard free on this website. He continues to teach at the Melbourne University Karate Club, and in 2018 was awarded a 4th dan black belt and made a master instructor by Martial Arts Australia. He lives in Melbourne with his girlfriend and cats Loki and Freya.