Adam Browne

Adam Browne author (homegrown Hobsons Bay

Adam Browne was born in Melbourne in 1963. He has published numerous short stories and two books. The first is a novel, Pyrotechnicon: Being a True Account of the Further Adventures of Cyrano de Bergerac Among the States and Empires of the Stars, by Himself (dec'd). (It's available at Hobsons Bay Libraries - ask for it by name!) Published by Coeur de Leon in 2012, the novel is a sequel to the science fiction written in the 16th Century by Cyrano de Bergerac, who is now most famous for the eponymous play by Rostand, but was a real and amazing figure, a prolific poet, playwrite and novelist who was also a swordsman and musketeer, and friend of D'Artagnan et al.

Adam Browne's second book, published in 2014 by Satalyte, is a collection of his short stories. Called 'Other Stories', and Other Stories, it gathers his works from the past 15 years or so, including 'Deep Clean', about a Bollywood wrestler forced to install an addiction-eating skull-tamagotchi to deal with his debilitating drug habit; a account of a Medieval king's attempts to find the language spoken by Adam and Eve; and the Chronos-award winning 'Neverland Blues', in which Michael Jackson is imagined as a spaceship.

Both books have been very well received, with excellent reviews in The Age and elsewhere, and Adam has been interviewed twice about them by Richard Stubbs, on ABC Local Radio.


Life in, and connection to, Hobsons Bay

Adam was born on the other side of the bay, in Beaumaris, and spent most holidays with his family in a little Victorian terrace in the Sydney suburb of Balmain, near the shipyard and overlooking the harbour. Ever since, he's never felt entirely comfortable living anywhere where the water doesn't have some conspicuous presence.

After a rather miserable high school career - he was bullied for several years - he studied science at Monash, which he didn't complete, then filmmaking at Swinburne University - which profited him little, save for his involvement in this short film, made by Adam Duncan, based on one of Adam Browne's stories:

He moved from the East to the West when he and his then partner bought a house in Newport. Now, he's a committed Westie - he loves the character of the Western suburbs, the relative quietness, the lack of pretension, and the little pockets of weirdness, like the bayou shanties of the Kororoit Creek Fishing Club. Now in Williamstown, he feels it is as much his home as any in his past.

He lives there with his little family, whom he loves dearly, and when he isn't writing, works at RMIT Library as an attendant.



  • Pyrotechnicon: Being a True Account of the Further Adventures of Cyrano de Bergerac Among the States and Empires of the Stars, by Himself (dec'd) (2012) Coeur de Lion Publishing
  • "Other Stories," and Other Stories (2014) Satalyte

The Tame Animals of Saturn (2016)



Short Stories

  • Orlando’s Third Trance (1999) HQ Magazine
  • Account Dracula (1999) Orb Magazine
  • Rococo Cola (2000) Orb Magazine
  • Schrödinger’s Catamaran (2000) Orb Magazine
  • The Weatherboard Spaceship (2001) Aurealis Magazine
  • Widow City (2001) Ideomancer
  • Nativity Plague (2001) Aurealis Magazine
  • Les Autres (2002) Ideomancer
  • Ad Nauseam (2002) NFG Magazine
  • Captain Thankless (2002) Ideomancer Unbound speculative fiction anthology
  • The End of Roentgen Rays (2002) Talebones Science Fiction Magazine
  • Zombiewaffe (2003) NFG Magazine
  • Space Operetta (2003) Aurealis Magazine
  • Exterminator Rex (2003) Agog! Science Fiction Anthology
  • The Old Man and the Sun (2003) NFG Magazine
  • The Nativity Plague (2004) Nowa Fantastyka
  • Ringcycle (2004) Aurealis Magazine
  • Blood Drunk (2004) NFG Magazine
  • Heart of Saturday Night (2005) Lenox Ave Magazine
  • Sun King (2006) Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
  • Obituary Boy (2006) Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
  • Blood Drunk (2006) Cardigan Press Anthology
  • Postdiluvian (2006) Aurealis Magazine
  • Neverland Blues (2009) Dreaming Again
  • The D____d (2013) Light Touchpaper, Stand Clear, Peggy Bright Books


  • The Tame Animals of Saturn (a bestiary of the animals imagined by Jakob Lorber, a 19th Century theosophist, also illustrated by Adam Browne) (2015) Editora Terra Incognita


  • Chronos award for best Australian sf short story (2009)
  • Shortlisted for Aurealis Award for best Australian fantasy short story (2006)