Category Archives: Science Fiction

Africa Gets Speculative

While the world’s attention has been on Kansas City, exciting things have been happening in Africa. Yesterday saw the official launch of the African Speculative Fiction Society. They already have their own awards, the Nommos (named after characters from Dogon … Continue reading

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May Fringe Podcasts – Martyn Waites & Paul Cornell

It is that time of the month again. If you are in Bristol this evening do come along to the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street for 7:30pm to hear Scott Lewis and Jo Lindsay Walton. In the meantime, here are … Continue reading

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WSFA Small Press Award

The Washington Science Fiction Association has released the short list for this year’s Small Press Award. I like this award, partly because it is only for small presses, and partly because all of the judging is done blind. This year … Continue reading

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New SF Translation Resource

I don’t have time to do much work on translated SF&F these days, but I am delighted to see that there is a new site devoted to this important area. Rachel S. Cordasco’s Speculative Fiction in Translation has some great … Continue reading

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It’s Snapshot Week Down Under

The lovely people of the Australian speculative fiction community have this great little tradition of The Snapshot. Every few years they post a series of short interviews with the movers and shakers of the community, so the rest of the … Continue reading

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Diversity: It’s Complicated

Lots of people talk about diversity these days but, as this famous Media Diversified essay notes, far fewer are willing to do anything about it. What’s more, the word “diversity” contains multitudes of issues. In the LGBT community we know … Continue reading

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Hugo Voting Time

There’s an awful lot bad going on in the world at the moment, and much of it we can’t do anything about. However, those of you who have a membership in this year’s Worldcon can do one positive thing: you … Continue reading

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Two Magazine Crowdfunding Campaigns

Two magazines that I am very fond of are currently doing fund raising campaigns. First up there is Holdfast Magazine. I have a personal interest in this because some of the money raised will go towards paying me for my … Continue reading

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Awards at Finncon

Being a national convention, Finncon has a number of award ceremonies as part of the program. Usually I manage to report on this at the time, but this year I managed to be way too busy. Thankfully the ever-reliable Tero … Continue reading

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New Fafnir

A new issue if Fafnir, the Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, has been posted. You can find it here. In this issue there are two papers by academics from India. That’s impressively international of my Nordic friends. … Continue reading

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SF in SF Podcast: Marie Brennan & M. Thomas Gammarino

There’s nothing new on Salon Futura this week. However, I have just posted a podcast to the SF in SF website. It is a reading featuring Marie Brennan and M. Thomas Gammarino. Here’s the audio: Huge thanks to Soma FM … Continue reading

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New SF Magazine Launching

I have received notification of a new speculative fiction magazine that will be launching soon. Titled Persistent Visions, it will be edited by Heather Shaw who has an excellent track record in both short fiction and editing. They plan to … Continue reading

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Zoran Živković News

Some excellent news for fellow fans of the Serbian writer, Zoran Živković. A company called Cadmus Press will be publishing his entire back catalog in English. Zoran has an announcement here. Naturally I Googled Cadmus to see who they were. … Continue reading

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Terri Windling Lecture Online

Thanks to some really quick work by the folks at Pembroke, this year’s Tolkien Lecture, given by Terri Windling, is now available to enjoy online. They have a podcast version and a video version. You can find them both, along … Continue reading

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Terri Windling’s Tolkien Lecture

The good folks at Pembroke College videoed the whole of Terri Windling’s Tolkien Lecture, so you will be able to enjoy it yourselves soon. However, while you are waiting, here are a few thoughts from me. I should make clear … Continue reading

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New Juliet McKenna Short Story

Juliet has published a new short story on her blog. “Rocks and Shoals” is the third in a series of stories branching off from the events of the Aldabreshin Compass series. To read it, and the others in the series, … Continue reading

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Ray Gunn & Starburst – Last Day

This is a gentle reminder that if you haven’t signed up for the Ray Gunn and Starburst crowdfunding campaign then it will soon be too late, because it ends today. Currently the campaign is just shy of 50% funding, but … Continue reading

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Ray Gunn & Starburst Crowdfunding

Those of you who follow my radio show will remember that last week I was lucky enough to have Olly Rose in the studio. Olly is the scriptwriter for Ray Gunn and Starburst, a fabulous audio comedy series. However, not … Continue reading

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Stephanie Saulter Interview

Last September I did a Skype interview with Stephanie Saulter for Women’s Outlook to promote her new book, Regeneration. As is usual with such things, Stephanie and I talked for far longer than I could possibly broadcast. As the book … Continue reading

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January Fringe Recordings – Nick Walters & Will Loram

The podcasts for the January edition of BristolCon Fringe have gone live. This was a comedy special featuring Nick Walters and Will Loram. As Will had been eaten by aliens, or by the Welsh, or by Bristol’s traffic, Nick kindly … Continue reading

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