Category Archives: Science Fiction

August Fringe Podcasts

Thanks to some magnificent work by Tom Parker we are rapidly getting caught up on the BristolCon Fringe podcasts. Right now we are limited more by our bandwidth limits on the Podbean account than anything else. We should be fully … Continue reading

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Tiptree Juror

As per the announcement earlier this week, I am going to be on the jury for the Tiptree Award this year. That will mean a number of things. Firstly I will get a lot of books to read. As a … Continue reading

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July Fringe Podcasts

Oh dear, we are behind, aren’t we. Guess whose fault that is? Yep, that would be the person who has been rushing around like an idiot for months on end. Thankfully the new arrangements for Fringe include the fabulous Tom … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – Radio Comedy, Allyship & Conferences

Yesterday’s show on Ujima seemed to go OK, despite much of it being thrown together at the last minute as a couple of people I’d wanted were not available. We did have some technical issues at the start, but Ben … Continue reading

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Tiptree – We Have A Winner

Email arriving overnight announcing the results of this year’s James Tiptree Jr. Award which, as most of you will know, rewards “works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand our understanding of gender and gender roles”. The winner … Continue reading

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Strange Horizons to Interview 100 African SF&F Writers

Now that’s the sort of press release I like to get. It makes a welcome change from all of the emails about new novels that are comparable to Dan Brown at his best or some similar nonsense. Geoff Ryman has … Continue reading

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Fringe is Moving

As of next Monday’s event, BristolCon Fringe will have a new home. It is: The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer, 17-18 King Street, Bristol BS1 4EF. We will be in the function room on the first floor. The move should give … Continue reading

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Crawford Award Winner

I have been so busy over the past week that I totally missed the fact that Gary Wolfe had made the official announcement for this year’s Crawford award. The Crawford, as you may remember, is for a debut fantasy book. … Continue reading

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Problem Daughters Interview with Rivqa Rafael

Problem Daughters, the new anthology from The Future Fire, will amplify the voices of women who are sometimes excluded from mainstream feminism. It will be an anthology of beautiful, thoughtful, unconventional speculative fiction and poetry around the theme of intersectional … Continue reading

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Attention British Women SF Writers

Newcon Press will be publishing a Best of British Science Fiction 2016 anthology. The deadline for submissions was January 31st, but it sounds like they are short on submissions by women writers as they have extended the deadline to February … Continue reading

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Fiction Meets Science

Further to last week’s academic conference on fiction in archaeology, my new pal Anna has sent me a link to the website for the project she is working on. Here’s the headline blurb: In recent decades, fiction writers have been … Continue reading

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Problem Daughters Open for Submissions

Well done, everyone, we will have a book! The Call for Submissions is here. The deadline is March 31st, so I have a vague chance of being able to find the time to write something. Hopefully those of you who … Continue reading

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When Archaeology Meets Fiction

I spent today at the Writing Remains conference at Bristol University. It was in the lovely Clifton Hill House, had some great speakers, and came with a free lunch and a wine reception. It was well worth getting up at … Continue reading

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Tor.com Translation Round Table

Tor.com has published a round table on translated fiction. I was one of the participants. I didn’t have a huge amount to say, but some of the other participants were able to be far more forthcoming, especially those with projects … Continue reading

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Introducing Problem Daughters

Here’s a new crowdfunded anthology you may want to back. It is called Problem Daughters, it will be published by The Future Fire, and the editors will be Nicolette Barischoff, Rivqa Rafael and Djibril al-Ayad. The official pitch (taken from … Continue reading

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Dirda on Živković

Much of the time book reviewing is a very subjective activity. You like books or you don’t. Some books work for some people, but not for others. Proving literary quality is damnably difficult, which is how come the literary establishment … Continue reading

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The Show Never Ends – RIP Greg Lake

One of those science fiction-inspired prog rock concept things. One of the best, IMHO. And a Geiger cover to boot.

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Sheri S. Tepper, RIP

I should have done this yesterday, but I was rather preoccupied. Sorry. I met Sheri Tepper once, which just goes to prove that old adage about never meeting your heroes. It was when she was a Guest of Honor at … Continue reading

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Introducing Caribbean SF

Want more Caribbean science fiction and fantasy in your life? Now you can, because Tobias Buckell has created a wonderful portal site to showcase the region’s genre writers. You can go here, and find lots of lovely reading suggestions. And … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe

It is more than two years since I saw Kij Johnson give the Tolkien Memorial Lecture in Oxford. We’ve both been busy in that time, and one of the things Kij has done is write this lovely little novella. I’m … Continue reading

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