Category Archives: Science Fiction

Time Out Of Mind – Episode 4: Anne McCaffrey

Here is the fourth episode of Time Out of Mind. It features Anne McCaffrey. The fifth and final episode, shot at the 1979 Worldcon, has already been uploaded to YouTube by someone else and can be found here. Aside from … Continue reading

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Time Out of Mind – Episode 3: Michael Moorcock

Here’s the third episode in BBC2′s 1979 series, Time Out of Mind. It features Michael Moorcock, but comes with bonus appearances from M. John Harrison, Tom Disch and Fred Pohl. There are also some clips from a Jerry Cornelius film … Continue reading

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Time Out of Mind – Episode 2: John Brunner

Here’s episode 2 of Time Out of Mind. When I first uploaded this to YouTube they complained about copyright content within the video. As this was likely to cause the whole thing to be pulled I edited it the remove … Continue reading

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Time Out of Mind – Episode 1: Sir Arthur C. Clarke

OK folks, here we go with the first of the full Time Out of Mind episodes. This one features Sir Arthur C. Clarke. It runs for about 25 minutes. For those coming new to this, the series was first broadcast … Continue reading

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Time Out Of Mind – Michael Moorcock Clip

Here is a clip from episode 3 of Time Out of Mind, the 1979 BBC2 series about science fiction. It features Michael Moorcock, with a little bit of supportive nodding from M. John Harrison, complaining about what a bunch of … Continue reading

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Time Out Of Mind – John Brunner Clip

Following up from yesterday’s clip of Sir Arthur, here’s a clip from episode 2 of Time Out of Mind, featuring John Brunner. In it Brunner explains why he has taken to writing near-future SF (books like Stand on Zanzibar, Shockwave … Continue reading

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Time Out Of Mind – Sir Arthur Clip

I’ve talked before about the BBC2 series, Time Out Of Mind, which was made in 1979 and featured several science fiction writers. I’m lucky enough to have digitized video recordings of the programmes (thank you, Arnold Akien!). The final episode, … Continue reading

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China Comes To Clarkesworld – #WITMonth

The new issue of Clarkesworld is now online. It includes “Spring Festival: Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy”, a story by Chinese writer, Xia Jia, whose work I highlighted recently. Also in this issue is “Patterns of a Murmuration, in Billions … Continue reading

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Big Donation for Eaton Collection

A local paper in Riverside reports a major donation of $3.5m to the Eaton Collection. The money comes from the estate of a long-time fan, Jay Kay Klein, who died in 2012. This is apparently the largest donation ever made … Continue reading

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New Book on Posthuman Life

My friend David Roden, who is a Professor of Philosophy specializing in transhumanist thought, has published a new book called Posthuman Life: Philosophy at the Edge of the Human. You can read more about it here. Being an academic book, … Continue reading

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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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