Category Archives: Science Fiction

When Archaeology Meets Fiction

I spent today at the Writing Remains conference at Bristol University. It was in the lovely Clifton Hill House, had some great speakers, and came with a free lunch and a wine reception. It was well worth getting up at … Continue reading

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Tor.com Translation Round Table

Tor.com has published a round table on translated fiction. I was one of the participants. I didn’t have a huge amount to say, but some of the other participants were able to be far more forthcoming, especially those with projects … Continue reading

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Introducing Problem Daughters

Here’s a new crowdfunded anthology you may want to back. It is called Problem Daughters, it will be published by The Future Fire, and the editors will be Nicolette Barischoff, Rivqa Rafael and Djibril al-Ayad. The official pitch (taken from … Continue reading

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Dirda on Živković

Much of the time book reviewing is a very subjective activity. You like books or you don’t. Some books work for some people, but not for others. Proving literary quality is damnably difficult, which is how come the literary establishment … Continue reading

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The Show Never Ends – RIP Greg Lake

One of those science fiction-inspired prog rock concept things. One of the best, IMHO. And a Geiger cover to boot.

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Sheri S. Tepper, RIP

I should have done this yesterday, but I was rather preoccupied. Sorry. I met Sheri Tepper once, which just goes to prove that old adage about never meeting your heroes. It was when she was a Guest of Honor at … Continue reading

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Introducing Caribbean SF

Want more Caribbean science fiction and fantasy in your life? Now you can, because Tobias Buckell has created a wonderful portal site to showcase the region’s genre writers. You can go here, and find lots of lovely reading suggestions. And … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe

It is more than two years since I saw Kij Johnson give the Tolkien Memorial Lecture in Oxford. We’ve both been busy in that time, and one of the things Kij has done is write this lovely little novella. I’m … Continue reading

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New Fafnir Available

A new edition of Fafnir, the Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, has gone online. You can find the current issue here. The article I most want to read is one by Stefan Ekman and Audrey Isabel Taylor … Continue reading

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Dimension 6 – Issue #9

Issue #9 of the Australian SF&F magazine, Dimension 6, is now available for download. The contents list is as follows: ‘The Plastinarium’ by Zoë Harland Students of necromancy should really take more care… ‘All the Colours of the Tomato’ by … Continue reading

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Another Book of Arabic Fantasy Stories

There’s a fascinating post over at the Arabic Literature in English blog. Some of you may remember me posting last year about Tales of the Marvellous, News of the Strange, a new English translation of a book that significantly pre-dates … Continue reading

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New Fiction by Me at Holdfast

Yesterday a new story by me went live at Holdfast Magazine. They’d asked for stories inspired by Brexit, and I sent them one that had werewolves and trans medicine, and is primarily set in a radio interview. The locations are … Continue reading

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New Resource on Translated Spanish SF

The website cyberdark.net has a new page up listing Spanish language science fiction, fantasy and horror available in English translation. There’s lots of good stuff out there. Why not try some of it. I will, of course, be reporting in … Continue reading

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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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