Category Archives: Science Fiction

September Fringe: Chloe Headdon & Anna Smith Spark

Thanks to some very fast work by Tom Parker we have Monday’s Fringe readings available already. Our first reader for September was Chloe Headdon, who had so impressed us in the April open mic. Ever since she was little Chloe … Continue reading

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Farah on Heinlein

For some time now Farah Mendlesohn has been working on a book about the work of Robert A. Heinlein. We have chatted about it occasionally, and I have been itching to read it. However, Heinlein produced a lot of work, … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Appearances

Here are a few places where you will be able to find me in the coming weeks. First up we have BristolCon Fringe on Monday, featuring the legendary Anna Smith-Spark, owner of the deadliest shoes in the writing business, and … Continue reading

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Translation News from Italy

I have a press release from Apex announcing that they will be doing an English language edition of Francesco Verso’s novel, Nexhuman. The book has won a heap of awards in Italian, and was published in English a while back … Continue reading

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August Fringe – G.V. Anderson & Lucy Hounsom

For the August Fringe meeting we were delighted to welcome G.V. (Gemma) Anderson whose first professional sale, “Das Steingeschöpf”, is a finalist for the World Fantasy Awards. Naturally we are all very proud of her. Because she had an early … Continue reading

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Strange Horizons Fund Drive

This year’s Strange Horizons Fund Drive has launched. If you want to help them continue to publish great material over the coming year, here’s where you pony up the cash. There are some very interesting stretch goals. I’m particularly hoping … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima – Worldcon Interviews

With so much of this year’s Worldcon centering on black women writers, and in particular Caribbean women, I was able to devote an entire show to interviews done in Helsinki. Ben the Engineer and I had a nice, quiet day, … Continue reading

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Ujima Tomorrow – Worldcon Special

I’m back in the studio at Ujima tomorrow. Obviously I haven’t had much time to find guests while I have been in Finland, but I have been collecting material all the same. This year’s Worldcon was the first with any … Continue reading

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Fringe Tonight: G.V. Anderson & Lucy Hounsom

The August edition of BristolCon fringe will take place tonight. We will have a first ever appearance for World Fantasy Award nominated author, G.V. Anderson. At it is a warm welcome back to fantasy novelist, Lucy Hounsom. If you are … Continue reading

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More Finnish Fiction

I didn’t see this one at Worldcon, but if you are into horror then you too can sample Finnish fiction. Sarianna Silvonen has alerted me to Boundaries and Other Horror Stories from Finland, edited by Matti Järvinen and translated by … Continue reading

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Books from Worldcon

I only actually bought one book in Finland. That was a copy of Gender Identity and Sexuality in Current Fantasy and Science Fiction to give to Kevin as a birthday present. However, I still came away with quite a few … Continue reading

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Worldcon: Day 4

I was so tired last night that It forgot to set my alarm and woke up 1.5 hours later than planned. While I did get around 7.5 hours sleep, I didn’t get breakfast because I had an 11:00am panel and … Continue reading

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The Emma Newman TV Clip

I promised you the clip of Emma Newman and I being interviewed on the Crunch the Week show on Made in Bristol TV. Here it is. I think Emma did a fabulous job. Also you get a great view of … Continue reading

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World Fantasy Award Finalists

The finalists for this year’s World Fantasy Awards have been announced. Locus has the full list. I’m very pleased to see Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country on the Novel list. The Long Fiction list looks very familiar. Huge kudos once again … Continue reading

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Time To Destroy Science Fiction Again

As if the poor thing hadn’t been destroyed enough already… Who is at it this time? Why, it is Disabled People. Yes, that is a Kickstarter link. The whole thing is being managed by Uncanny magazine, who have an excellent … Continue reading

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BristolCon Fringe – July Readings

Our July event began with our good friend, Justin Newland. He gave us excerpts from two separate works. The first excerpt was from his published novel, The Genes of Isis. This is from a section later in the book where … Continue reading

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Free African Science Fiction

The fabulous Geoff Ryman has persuaded the Manchester Review to do a major feature on African science fiction. It came out over the weekend, but I have saved it to blog about until today so that more of you will … Continue reading

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Mad Day

This morning my social media alerts went crazy because I have a new history blog up the the University of Sheffield’s History Matters site. Hopefully that didn’t interfere too much with my tweeting of Ronald Hutton’s brilliant lecture. There was … Continue reading

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British Fantasy Awards Shortlists

The short lists for this year’s British Fantasy Awards were announced at the weekend. Bristol people have done rather well. To start with, Pete Sutton’s A Tiding of Magpies is on the list for Best Collection. It is Pete’s first … Continue reading

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Fringe Tonight

It is tine for another BristolCon Fringe event tonight, so I shall be off into Bristol shortly. We have an excellent show lined up for you. First up will be Justin Newland (also known as “the man who asks questions”). … Continue reading

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