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John Birmingham

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John Birmingham grew up in Ipswich, Queensland and was educated at St Edmunds Christian Brother's College in Ipswich and the University of Queensland in Brisbane. His only stint of full time employment was as a researcher at the Defence Department. After this he returned to Queensland to study law but he did not complete his legal studies, choosing instead to pursue a career as a writer. He currently lives in Brisbane.

While a law student he was one of the last people arrested under the state's Anti Street March legislation. Birmingham was convicted of displaying a sheet of paper with the words 'Free Speech' written on it in very small type. The local newspaper carried a photograph of him being frogmarched off to a waiting police paddy wagon
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Live at the new burger

It is done.

I just hit send on the first combined Cheeseburger/newsletter mail out.

Spent the day filling the new digs with things to read.

Soon enough, pointing your browser at this page will redirect to Substack.

Until then, however, you'll find me here.

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Hey Bob. The audio exclusive period for ZDC ends in January, and i intend to release it the other formats then. With extra chapters.
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I’ll finish writing it in the next month. I couldn’t tell you when they’ll release it. I dont think they know. Everything is so confused because of the virus. To be honest, I’m glad not to be coming out in the middle of it.
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"The best he's ever done

Roaring action that leaps off the page and punches you in the face. Some of the most memorable characters and scenes ever. Birmingham at his best.

If you're a tech head then this has it all too. The tech is super cool and intere" Read more of this review »
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"Classic space opera

A great range of likeable characters and richly imagined future societies. Best hard sci-fi I have read since Peter F Hamilton at the top of his game"
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The strength in the books I love is always in the characters. This is one of those. Great characters you can really get behind, sometimes irreverent sometimes flawed but that makes them more worthy. From then on the story just takes you and" Read more of this review »
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“an intriguing puzzle that diverted him from the unbearable burden of living. HIJMS”
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