Category Archives: Science Fiction

Finncon, Day 0

Bear & Scott: “We’re very sorry, thanks to a mechanical problem we missed our connection in Iceland and we’ll be a few hours late.” Finns: “Yeah, no worries. We remember when an airline lost Joe Haldeman. We coped with that. … Continue reading

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New Dimension 6

Issue #2 of the free Australian speculative fiction magazine, Dimension 6, is now available. You can download it as a DRM-free epub or mobi, from the publisher’s website. This issue contains stories from Dirk Strasser, Alan Baxter and Robert N … Continue reading

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Åcon 7 – The Post-Colonial SF Panel

Here is the first of my podcasts from Åcon 7. It is a panel about post-colonial SF. The panelists are: Karen Lord, Sari Polvinen, Juha Tupasela & me. I noted while editing it that I totally derailed Sari’s question about … Continue reading

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A History of Arabic SF

It is written in Italian, which probably makes it difficult for most of my readers, but there is an English-language interview with the author, Ada Barbaro, over at the Arab Lit blog. We really do need a Europe-wide academic SF … Continue reading

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Man Trouble

While I was out and about in Bristol yesterday, my Twitter feed was buzzing with comment from outraged women. There were two main issues. The first one is that Dave Truesdale has gone and put his foot in his mouth … Continue reading

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Jay Lake 1964-2014

As I’ve said many times before, I’m crap at writing obituaries. That goes double for Jay because I have this stuff in my eyes that is preventing me from focusing on the screen and keyboard. Jay was a friend. I’ve … Continue reading

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Destruction Completed

I have a small part in the splendid publication. Please don’t let that put you off. If you didn’t support the Kickstarter campaign, you can now purchase Women Destroy Science Fiction here. Contributors include: Seanan McGuire, N. K. Jemisin, Mary … Continue reading

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Today On Ujima: Bristol & Slavery, plus Talking Books

Today’s show began with good and bad news. The good stuff included Nalo Hopkinson winning the Andre Norton Award for Best YA Novel of 2013 at last weekend’s Nebula Awards ceremony. It also included the really good news that Ahad … Continue reading

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Tomorrow on Ujima

The first hour of tomorrow’s Women’s Outlook will see me interviewing Dr. Olivette Otele, an expert on the history of the slave trade. It should be a fascinating interview. If you have any specific issues you’d like me to raise … Continue reading

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The Rise of British Superhero Fiction

Fringe went very well last night. The podcasts will be up early in June. In the meantime I note that something interesting appears to be happening. Last month Jonathan L. Howard read a story from his Goon Squad series, featuring … Continue reading

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Magic Murder in The Guardian

Thanks to David Barnett, the Murder Most Magical event has got a nice preview in The Guardian. I guess it is online only, but it is nice to be able to get some good PR for the event. The article … Continue reading

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Get Your Weird Finns Here

One of the things being given out at the convention is a small but very professional-looking magazine called The Finnish Weird. It has an introduction from Johanna Sinisalo, fiction by Tiina Raevaara & Jenny Kangasvuo, and a host of non-fiction … Continue reading

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Tolkien Lecture 2014

Sadly I can’t make this one, because I will be in Finland. It looks like it will be a great event. Also it is free, though you do need to sign up. The official press release follows. (Oxford, April 9, … Continue reading

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New Free Fiction Magazine from Australia

A new science fiction magazine was launched in Australia today. It is called Dimension 6 and it comes from Coeur de Lion Publishing. The first issue contains three stories: by Richard Harland, Charlotte Nash & Jason Nahrung. You can download … Continue reading

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Vale, Lucius Shepard

As reported in various places, Lucius Shepard died today. I’ve said many times before that I am crap at writing obituaries, but I can reprint the following review of Shepard’s short collection, Two Trains Running. The original appeared in Emerald … Continue reading

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SF & Astronomy, A Boy Thing, Apparently

I have email from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific announcing that they have updated their list of science fiction that contains good information about astronomy and related issues. This is a good thing, I thought. We should be educating … Continue reading

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Here Comes The Insect Invasion

Today John Scalzi and Mary Robinette Kowal have been having a bit of fun with the fact that younger (which I think means under the age of 70) members of SFWA have been described as a “‘vocal minority’ of insects”. … Continue reading

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A Brief Note On SFWA

Yeah, there was another huge blow-up online yesterday. It happens. And yet again it was caused by someone who is a former member of SFWA. Please bear that in mind. These online embarrassments are not an indication that people should … Continue reading

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The Destruction That Will Not Stop

Certain things on the Internet just will not stop. SFWA drama is apparently one of them. Yesterday I learned that I am one of a mysterious and dangerous faction known as “the Young”. I am also, apparently, an evil ageist … Continue reading

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Further Destruction of SF at For Books’ Sake

So I got asked to write something about women in SF for the For Books’ Sake website. I may have ranted a bit. You can read that here. And while you are at their website, please do check out the … Continue reading

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