Dr Gillian POLACK is an award-winning Jewish Australian speculative fiction writer based in Canberra. She was the 2020 recipient of the A. Bertram Chandler (lifetime achievement in science fiction) award. She is an ethnohistorian with a special interest in how story transmits culture, both Medieval and modern. Her current research examines how contemporary speculative fiction novels serve as vectors for cultural transmission: Story Matrices: Cultural Encoding and Cultural Baggage in the Worlds of Science Fiction and Fantasy was released in April 2022. She is an Ambassador for Australia Reads. Of her 14 published books, eight were award finalists or winners.