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A Colinthology Review

As part of her quest to find the best fiction set in Bristol, Joanna Papageorgiou has set Colinthology against Mark Wright’s Heartman. I’m not in the least surprised that Heartman won. It’s not like TV companies have been beating a … Continue reading

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Fafnir 3/2014 – Final Call

This is reminder that if you have anything you’d like to submit for the next issue of Fafnir, the Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, there’s a deadline coming up. Here’s the info: CALL FOR PAPERS FAFNIR 3/2014 … Continue reading

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Harassment Policies – The Backlash

I’m seeing one or two depressing things about anti-harassment policies recently. A few days ago Twitter was aflame with discussion of a story that a convention broke off its contract with a hotel in part because some of the staff … Continue reading

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SF in SF Discussion Panel

I’ve just posted the final podcast from the June SF in SF reading. It features a discussion moderated by Terry Bisson and featuring the three guest readers: Cliff Winnig, Heather McDougal and Cassie Alexander. There is a lot of interesting … Continue reading

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Wanted: SF Poetry In Translation

Lawrence Schimel writes: I’ve been asked to guest-edit an issue of Eye to the Telescope, the online journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and I’ve decided to focus on translations into English of SF-nal poetry from around the world. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Alli!

I might be swanning off to the Mediterranean, but I still managed to get an article up elsewhere today. It was done well in advance, but had to be published today because it is part of a series about authors … Continue reading

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Greetings From Zagreb

Here I am in Croatia once more. The travel all went very smoothly. I flew Lufthansa to Frankfurt, and then Croatian Airlines on to Zagreb. The difference in the quality of the coffee on the two flights was startling. Croatians … Continue reading

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Ujima Tomorrow

Tomorrow I’m doing the Women’s Outlook show on Ujima again. My guest in the studio will be Stephanie Saulter. We’ll be talking about her trip back to Jamaica to launch Gemsigns there, and about the recent Nine Worlds convention in … Continue reading

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Book Review – Cyberpunk Women, Feminism and Science Fiction

I’ll be dashing off to Bristol for this week’s Ujima Radio show shortly, and I have to stay in the city for an LGBT History Month event tonight. Fortunately I was busy on Sunday and I have a third book … Continue reading

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New From Flipside

I’m also delighted to report two new books from Charles Tan and his colleagues at Flipside. The first, The Kite of Stars, is a new collection from the fabulous Filipino author, Dean Francis Alfar. If you enjoyed his How to … Continue reading

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Writing By Numbers

When I wrote my report on Kij Johnson’s fiction masterclass I commented that I expected to start seeing reviews in which the reviewer castigates the novel for not following the “rules” of writing. I didn’t have long to wait. A … Continue reading

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The Fiction Masterclass

I find writing courses interesting. I somehow doubt that anything other than long practice will turn my own feeble efforts into saleable fiction. However, a writer giving a course will inevitably tell you a lot about how she approaches her … Continue reading

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The NHS Consults

The NHS is undergoing as major shake-up right now, and as a result is looking closely at various areas of its operations. On the assumption that gender treatments will still be available in future, they have a consultation out concerning … Continue reading

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Some Words on #TransDocFail by Our Founder

Yesterday I went up to London to read a book by Michael Dillon. If you’ve not heard of him, Dillon is the first recorded instance of medically-assisted female-to-male gender transition. Dillon, an Irishman, began his treatment in 1939 while living … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Radio

The podcast of yesterday’s Outlook show is now available on the Ujima website. If you want to listen to me talking about marriage equality, the Leveson inquiry, the forthcoming LGBT History exhibition and Bristol’s role in the history of transsexuals, … Continue reading

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Honours Time

The papers here in the UK have, as is traditional at this time of year, been full of discussion of the New Year Honours List. Who has been justifiably recognized? Who has been shamefully snubbed? Who turned down an honour? … Continue reading

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The Torch Photo

A quick follow-up to Friday’s post. Here’s a photo of me with the Olympic Torch. That’s Louise with me, and Ben Bird of Shout Out in the background. My thanks to Karl for the photo and Mary the Producer for … Continue reading

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So I Went And Did It

Late last night I was looking for something to prevaricate about rather than start a new work item. So around 10:00pm I started looking at the Locus All Centuries Poll. I got to bed around 1:00am and finally got to … Continue reading

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Locus All-Centuries Poll

I have email from Liza asking me to remind you all about the Locus All-Centuries Poll, in which you,the great science fiction reading public, get to vote on your favorite works of the 20th and (nascent) 21st centuries. I haven’t … Continue reading

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Eclipse Goes Online

Late last night I spotted press release from Night Shade Books. I was vaguely aware that Jonathan Strahan’s excellent anthology series, Eclipse, would not be producing any new volumes. However, the announcement states that the anthology is going online. Instead … Continue reading

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