Category Archives: Science Fiction

Tolkien and Finland, an Update

Earlier today I noticed a BBC article about the “new” Tolkien book, The Story of Kullervo, and its connection to Finland. I tweeted about it. That has got quite a few retweets, but on Facebook it drew the attention of … Continue reading

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Attention Cambridge – Coming Your Way

Apparently I have ideas. Or at least they think so in Cambridge, because I have been invited to give a talk at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. It will be called “Challenging the gender binary through science fiction and fantasy”, … Continue reading

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My Sasquan Schedule

No, of course I am not in Spokane. That doesn’t mean that I won’t be involved in Worldcon. They can’t get rid of me that easily. As most of you will know, on Saturday night I will be helping Kevin … Continue reading

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Ignorance On Display

Today SF Signal put up a post titled, “Where Are All The People of Color in Sci-Fi/Fantasy?”. It’s a crappy title, but a decent article that has some good stats on just how badly people of color are excluded by … Continue reading

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Space Unicorns Take Flight

The Kickstarter campaign for year 2 of Uncanny magazine launched today. If you want to renew your subscription for another year, now is the time to do it. It looks like the Uncanny team have a fine collection of writers … Continue reading

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Sense8 News

This hot off the presses. Well, off Twitter and email anyway. A couple of hours ago an announcement went out on Twitter that Netflix has renewed Sense8 for a second series. I am very happy. Doubtless it will be a … Continue reading

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Am I Transhuman?

Over the weekend I spotted an interesting article on a philosophy blog. In “Queering the Human: Is the Transhuman already here?” BP Morton argues that trans people, especially if medically modified in some way, can be defined as transhuman. Morton’s … Continue reading

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Sense8 – Final Thoughts

I have now watched all 12 episodes of Sense8, and overall it is getting a strong thumbs up from me. Of course I am very much part of the target audience. So let’s try to break things down a bit. … Continue reading

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Trans Studies Now – The Conference

The purpose of my trip to Brighton was to attend an academic conference at the University of Sussex. The title of the conference was Trans Studies Now, and the objective, fairly obviously, was to present the very latest in trans … Continue reading

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Sense8 : First Thoughts

Thus far I have watched the first three episodes of Sense8. I thought I should offer a few views on it because I’m seeing people who have given up on episode 1. I think the criticisms of the lack of … Continue reading

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Brighton Next Week

Advance warning to Brighton people. I will be amongst you next week. There is a conference called Trans Studies Now taking place at the University of Sussex on Friday, June 12th. There will be keynote speeches from important people like … Continue reading

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Introducing Nomi Marks

Represent! And dear Goddess I miss San Francisco…

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Mind-Melded Again – Other People’s Universes

I have been asked to contribute to another SF Signal Mind Meld. The question for this one was: What fallow universe do you think deserves additional exploration, and who would you ask to write in that world? You can find … Continue reading

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BristolCon Fringe – The April Open Mic Evening

I have just uploaded the podcasts for the April BristolCon Fringe (yes, yes, I know it is late May). This was an open mic session, so we have lots of different people for you. I MC’d the event, and also … Continue reading

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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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