Category Archives: Science Fiction

The Trans Stuff at Worldcon

Today there was an academic program section that included a paper on trans characters in science fiction. It was given by Paul Ballard, and I went along to see what he had to say. I was completely floored when he … Continue reading

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Marina Dayachenko – #WITMonth

Marina Dayachenko, together with her husband, Sergey, form Russia’s powerhouse fantasy fiction duo, though they are actually Ukrainian by birth and also write in their native tongue. They have won a host of awards in Russia, and were voted Best … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima – Space Pirates!

Today I’m delighted to have Huw Powell (Gareth’s younger brother) in the studio to talk about his book, Spacejackers. There will be thrills, adventure, piracy! As scurvy a bunch of knaves as ever set foot in a radio studio. Also … Continue reading

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Xia Jia – #WITMonth

As with just about every other country in the world, most of the SF&F writers that we are beginning to hear of from China are male. There are some very good ones, but there must be women too. The only … Continue reading

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A World SF Resource

Via Europa SF I have made contact with Professor Arielle Saiber of Bowdoin College who will be teaching a course on World SF next year. As part of the preparation for the course, she has put together a website listing … Continue reading

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Perceptions of Sub-Genre

I’ve been seeing a few comments lately about how books by women don’t get seen as belonging to certain sub-genres even though they appear to fit the criteria. N.K. Jemisin was asking yesterday why her latest series is not seen … Continue reading

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Rumblings at Riverside

Over the weekend some of my friends who work at UC Riverside have been posting messages questioning the safety and future of the Eaton Collection. This is a hugely valuable resource for people who study science fiction and fantasy literature, … Continue reading

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Kathryn Allan – Accessing the Future

Yesterday I recorded an interview with Kathryn Allan, who is co-editing the Accessing the Future anthology with Djibril al-Ayad of The Future Fire. The anthology will focus on themes of disability in science fiction. We also talk about how Kathryn … Continue reading

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Vintage Visions

Yesterday I got a book in the mail. It doesn’t happen often these days, but one publisher I am always happy to hear from is Wesleyan, who produce some marvelous academic books about science fiction. This week#s loot was a … Continue reading

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Introducing Uncanny

I’m a couple of days late to this, so I’m sure that you will have seen this from many, many other people by now. However, it bears repeating, because having good quality SF&F magazines out there is a very good … Continue reading

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That Aussie Snapshot Interview

Mine can be found here.

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The Australian Spec Fic Snapshot

Every few years our Australian friends get into a frenzy of interviewing, aiming to highlight as many of their fine writers as possible. It is a fine tradition started by Ben Peek and known as the The Australian Spec Fic … Continue reading

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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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