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Janeen Webb (née Pemberton) is an Australian writer, critic and editor, working mainly in the field of science fiction and fantasy.[1]

Janeen Webb
Born (1951-08-29) 29 August 1951 (age 68)
Charlestown, New South Wales
GenreScience fiction, fantasy


The daughter of a Second World War Australian Army commando and salesman, Webb was brought up in the Newcastle suburb of Charlestown and was educated at local schools. She then studied at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales where she gained a Ph.D. in literature in 1983. For many years, she taught at the Institute of Catholic Education (later part of the Australian Catholic University) in Melbourne, Victoria where she was Associate Professor and Reader in literature.

From 1987-1991, Webb was a member of the editorial collective of Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series, and is currently[when?] on the advisory board of Science Fiction Studies. She is perhaps best known for her co-editorship, with her second husband, Jack Dann, of a major anthology of Australian science fiction and fantasy, Dreaming Down-Under (Sydney: HarperCollins, 1998; New York: Tor Books, 1999), which won its editors a World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology, as well as a 1999 Ditmar Award.

Her other publications include Aliens & Savages: Fiction, Politics and Prejudice (1998), The Fantastic Self (an edited collection of critical essays on fantasy and science fiction) (1999) and a scholarly edition of The Yellow Wave, Kenneth Mackay's important 1895 scientific romance (2003). These books were written and edited with her colleague, Andrew Enstice.

Webb is currently[when?] working on a series of novels for young adults, The Sinbad Chronicles. The first two books are Sailing to Atlantis (2001) and The Silken Road to Samarkand (2003).

In 1995, she married Jack Dann, an American science fiction author, with whom she resides near Foster in rural Victoria.




The Sinbad Chronicles

  • Sailing to Atlantis (2001)
  • The Silken Road to Samarkand (2003)


  • Aliens & Savages (1998, with Andrew Enstice)

Short fictionEdit




  1. ^ "Space and Beyond: The Frontier Theme in Science Fiction". Utopian Studies. January 2001. Retrieved 12 May 2008.

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