Category Archives: Science Fiction

Hello Brighton, Coming Your Way

I’m delighted to report that I’ve been selected to present a paper at Trans Studies Now, an academic conference taking place at the University of Sussex on June 12th. Roz Kaveney and Lewis Hancox are keynote speakers, so I’m in … Continue reading

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Sense8 Trailer

So, Netflix only. But will it be on Netflix in the UK? Also I love the joke they are playing with those “mirror” scenes. And Agent Carter has been renewed. So not a bad day at all, TV-wise.

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2015 Tolkien Lecture

It is that time of year again. Just in case you can’t see the image, the speaker will be Lev Grossman, and the salient details are: May 13th, 6:30pm, Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College, Oxford. Full details, including (free) booking, here. … Continue reading

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Stories for Chip

Here’s the latest crowdfunding project that you should be following. It is an anthology called Stories for Chip. It is being published by Bill Campbell’s Rosarium Press — the same people who did the Mothership anthology — and it is … Continue reading

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Cersi is a Winner

Every so often Covet Fashion has what are essentially cosplay competitions, in that you have to style a look from fiction. This week, to coincide with the start of the new series of Game of Thrones, they asked us to … Continue reading

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Exploring Gender Fluidity through Science Fiction and Fantasy

This talk is full of spoilers for the various books that are discussed. The audio track is a bit quiet, but I’m playing it through speakers and it is clear enough. My thanks again to the University of Liverpool, Professor … Continue reading

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Last Day for GlitterShip Kickstarter

We are fast approaching the final day for Keffy Kehrli’s Kickstarter campaign for GlitterShip, the LGBT SF&F fiction podcast. Keffy has easily smashed his initial funding targets, and as a consequence episodes will be 4 per month rather than 2 … Continue reading

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Hello, Spacegirl

So, I have worked out how to export images from Covert Fashion. (It wasn’t hard, there’s a Share function which includes options like PDF and DropBox). This is one I’m rather fond of. One of the nice things about the … Continue reading

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New Twelfth Planet Anthology Crowdfunding

The lovely people at Twelfth Planet Press have another anthology that they are crowdfunding. If it ends up being anywhere near as good as Kaleidoscope we are in for a treat. So what’s the book about? It is called Defying … Continue reading

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February Fringe

March has been a bit of a blur, but I have finally got the February recordings from BristolCon Fringe online. First up we have John Hawkes-Reed, who treats us to another tale about steam-powered, programmable war elephants. Well, part of … Continue reading

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The 2014 SF&F Count

Yesterday Strange Horizons published their annual statistics on gender and race balance in SF&F. The full article is here. I’m pleased to see that they are now acknowledging non-binary people in the count. The data is only for the US … Continue reading

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Dimension 6: Issue #4

This is going to be a busy weekend, but I’m popping by briefly because I’ve been asked to tell you that the latest issue of Dimension 6, the free Australian speculative fiction magazine, is now available. You can download it … Continue reading

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Inverted World at Mr. B’s

This evening I was in Bath for the Mr. B’s SF Book Club. The chosen book for this month was Inverted World by Chris Priest. It got a mixed reception. One of the more interesting things about the book club … Continue reading

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Holdfast Anthology Launch

Tomorrow night in London the lovely people from Holdfast Magazine will be launching their first print anthology. The event will be at the College Arms in Store Street, not far from the British Museum. Details here. According to Facebook some … Continue reading

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The Liverpool University SF Collection

Liverpool University is home to the only major collection of SF&F literature in the UK. The material came mainly from the Science Fiction Foundation, but a number of authors and fans have also donated material. Andy Sawyer, the librarian, gave … Continue reading

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The Liverpool Talk

Well, as I said this morning, that was fun. I had some idea of what to expect because the talk had been on Eventbrite, but the last figure I’d been given was 60, and for a free event a significant … Continue reading

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CLANGERS!!!

Thanks to Peter Wong for the tip-off.

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Thank You, Liverpool

Last night was great, particularly the response from the audience. Loads of people came up to me afterwards and said they’d be going out to buy books. I’ll do a longer post later, with the slide pack, but I can’t … Continue reading

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Liverpool Reminder

On Monday I will be heading for Liverpool University to deliver a lecture, “Exploring Gender Fluidity Through Science Fiction and Fantasy”. Apparently they have 60 people booked in already, but there is still room if anyone else wants to come. … Continue reading

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Paul Cornell at BristolCon Fringe

Last night saw the March meeting of BristolCon fringe. The readers were Chris Cutting and Paul Cornell. Chris is more an actor/director/playwright than an author, so I’m not sure how his piece will come over as a recording. Bristol residents … Continue reading

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