Category Archives: Science Fiction

William Gibson at Toppings

Yesterday evening I headed into Bath to see William Gibson at Toppings. It was a very interesting evening, and I’m certainly looking forward to reading The Peripheral. Unfortunately it is also Locus Recommended Reading List season, and as anything by … Continue reading

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Historical Fantasy Comes to Bristol

Next week (Wed. Nov. 12th) at Foyles in Bristol there will be a major event on the subject of the links between historical fiction and fantasy. One of the guest authors on the panel will be the fabulous Juliet E. … Continue reading

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Holdfast Does Diversity (includes me)

Issue 4 of Holdfast Magazine went online today. This is a diversity special. It includes awesome stuff like an interview with Stephanie Saulter, an Afrofuturism playlist, a letter to Octavia Butler, and even a contribution from me. My article is … Continue reading

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Destruction Goes Rainbow

Yes folks, it is time to Destroy Science Fiction again. This time the fine folks at Lightspeed want Queers to do the job. Goodness only knows what the Dudebros are going to make of that. I guess I’d better try … Continue reading

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Coming Soon in That London: Nigerian Fantasy, Arabic SF

Geoff Ryman has alerted me to an event featuring top Nigerian fantasy writer, Okey Ndibe. It is taking place on Saturday at Book & Kitchen. Details are as follows: Saturday 1st November, 2014 4.00 pm at BOOK AND KITCHEN 31 … Continue reading

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Follow-Up Thought on Steampunk

On the steampunk panel at BristolCon we had to make a point of saying that the fiction we wrote critiqued the class system rather than taking it as a given. I figured that was an end to it. But today … Continue reading

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Bristol Panel Requests

BristolCon starts tomorrow evening. I’ll be moderating two panels on Saturday, as follows: Music in my Writing: Music might be even harder to write about than Sex or Death, and yet it’s a really important part of the process for … Continue reading

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Michel Faber in Bath

Last night I popped over to Bath to see Michel Faber who had an event at Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. For those not in the know, Faber was born in the Netherlands, raised in Australia, and now lives … Continue reading

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Black Sci-Fi & Wangechi Mutu at The Watershed

We had another fine evening of Afrofuturism at The Watershed last night. The event was introduced by Ytasha Womack, inevitably, and by a new voice to me, Ingrid LaFleur. Ingrid is an Afrofuturist art critic, and for me the most … Continue reading

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Ada Lovelace Day, 2014

There won’t be a post from me today. That’s not because I haven’t written anything. It is because the thing that I wrote is in another venue that won’t be published until Monday. What venue is that? I hear you … Continue reading

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Promoting Afrofuturist Writers

With a film on black science fiction writers due up on Wednesday, I was keen to do as much as I could to promote all of my fabulous friends. And as I have a whole pile of interviews with black … Continue reading

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Some Robot History

Today I caught a replay of Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams, a BBC4 documentary on the history of robots. It is by Professor Simon Schaffer, and it looks at clockwork automata, from the earliest mediaeval clocks through the magnificent toys of … Continue reading

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Book Progress

Thanks to a lot of time spent on trains, and one seriously good book, I have made some progress on the To be Read pile. Specifically I have finished Ancillary Sword. It is a very different story to Ancillary Justice, … Continue reading

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Peter Hamilton in Bath

Yesterday evening Peter Hamilton did a launch event for his latest book, The Abyss Beyond Dreams. It isn’t quite as thick as my hardcover copy of A Dance With Dragons, but it is fairly hefty. Also it is only half … Continue reading

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Tobias S. Buckell Interview

Continuing in the spirit of the Afrofuturism season at The Watershed, here the last of the interviews with Caribbean writers that I have in the can from Ujima. This one is with Tobias S. Buckell and was done around the … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima – Afrofuturism, Prostate Cancer, Regulating Landlords, Somalia

Well you can see how busy that was just from the title. Firstly I had Edson Burton in the studio to talk about the Afrofuturism season at the Watershed. Well, I should have done anyway. What actually happened was that … Continue reading

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Juliet on Equality in SF&F

While I was in Cheltenham on Saturday I once again had cause to chide Waterstones for their lack of attention to women writers when they do table displays for science fiction. In this case they had managed just one book … Continue reading

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Panel Wrap & Reading List #dystopias #cheltlitfest

Well that was fun. Huge thanks to Ken MacLeod, Chris Priest and Jane Rogers for being fine panelists, and to Adam Roberts without whose kindness I would not have been there. My apologies to anyone who was hoping to see … Continue reading

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Launching the Mothershed

Last night saw the first event of the Afrofuturism season at the Watershed. The main item was a screening of Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise, a rare film about the amazing jazz musician, Sun Ra. The film was preceded by … Continue reading

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New Dimension 6

Issue 3 of Dimension 6, the Australia short fiction magazine, has just been published. It includes stories by Cat Sparks and Robert Hood, both of whom were on my post-Worldcon radio show. You can download copies of issue #3 for … Continue reading

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