Category Archives: Science Fiction

Karen Lord and Maria Turtschaninoff in Conversation

On the BBC World Service, on Monday. Thanks to Farah for the tip off. As it is World Service it should be accessible everywhere. And it will be on iPlayer afterwards if you can’t tune in live.

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Le Guin Documentary on Kickstarter

Now this is a project worth backing: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, a feature documentary, explores the remarkable life and legacy of the groundbreaking 86-year-old author. It is serious stuff too. Seven years of filming is already in the … Continue reading

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Radio 4 Does Women & Science Fiction

There are few things that can persuade me to listen to the BBC’s Radio 4, but this just might be one of them. Tomorrow (Thursday) at 11:30am they are airing a documentary called Herland which will feature ten female science … Continue reading

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Sorry Prof. Einstein, But…

To cap a week of wild science stories, here’s a claim from CERN that they have measured neutrinos traveling at faster than the speed of light. That one I’m taking with a pinch of salt for now, but if it … Continue reading

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Parthenogenesis – How It Is Done

Yesterday I posted a a story about one of the classic themes of biological SF – regenerative medicine. However, there is one area of SF that sees quite a different aspect of biology as more important. Feminist SF has for … Continue reading

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Best Trans Fiction of 2015

The lovely people at Lethe Press are already well known for producing the Wilde Stories and Heiresses of Russ series of anthologies which collect, respectively, the best gay and the best lesbian speculative short fiction of the year. Now at … Continue reading

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Breakthrough in Regenerative Medicine

Here’s something I have been meaning to post about for a while. Earlier this week Bristol University issued a press release about a remarkable piece of work in bioinformatics. A big problem with regenerative medicine is that up until now … Continue reading

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Farewell, David Hartwell (?)

I woke up this morning to some very confused reporting about David Hartwell. Apparently he’d had a fall and hit his head, and been taken into hospital. Some reports said that life support had been turned off, but Locus is … Continue reading

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New Fafnir

The latest issue of Fafnir, the Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, is now available. The English language content includes a paper on ecological themes in fantasy, and a fascinating examination of gender and magic in Neil Gaiman’s … Continue reading

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The Expanse Arrives On Screen

It is a busy time for science fiction drama. I’m still trying to make up my mind about whether to go to see the new Star Wars film. Almost everyone I have seen comment about it on social media says … Continue reading

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A Quick Note on TV

This is not a good time to be seriously busy. What I want to do is sit on the sofa and binge-watch Jessica Jones, which is an extraordinarily good piece of psychological drama. But I also want to watch The … Continue reading

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Trans SF&F at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Thanks to Farah Mendlesohn I was invited to give a talk at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. That was yesterday, and I was very pleased with how it went. We had about 80 people, and many of them were very … Continue reading

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Cambridge Reminder – Gender in SF&F

This Saturday I will be in Cambridge giving a talk titled Challenging the Gender Binary through Science Fiction and Fantasy. The talk will be followed by a conversation between Farah Mendlesohn and myself. Full details here. Farah tells me that … Continue reading

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Mr. B’s Book Club Does The Forever War

Well that was a long day. Radio in Bristol followed by Bath for the book club, with a bit of shopping in between. I’ll do the post for the radio tomorrow morning. In the meantime I’m doing a brief post … Continue reading

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New Fafnir Published

The latest issue of Fafnir, the Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, has just been published. This issue has three articles in English: two about Sir Terry Pratchett and one about Michael Crichton. The Pratchett articles are a … Continue reading

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Kristine Kathryn Rusch on Coode Street

As everyone knows, no women wrote, or even read, science fiction before 2014. Indeed, historians disagree as to whether women even existed prior to the 21st century. Maverick historians like Amanda Foreman have advanced the theory that the human race … Continue reading

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Joe Haldeman and Me, On Film

The fabulous Tony C Smith has posted all of the video from SofaCon 2 to YouTube. This includes my interview with Joe Haldeman, which I have embedded above. I wasn’t really thinking about being videoed. You can all have a … Continue reading

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My BristolCon Schedule

The programme for this year’s BristolCon was released last night. Here’s what I’ll be doing. 09:50 – 09:55 Room 2 : Welcome, by me (we don’t have opening ceremonies, we just do a quick welcome in each room). 10:00 – … Continue reading

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Tolkien and Finland, an Update

Earlier today I noticed a BBC article about the “new” Tolkien book, The Story of Kullervo, and its connection to Finland. I tweeted about it. That has got quite a few retweets, but on Facebook it drew the attention of … Continue reading

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Attention Cambridge – Coming Your Way

Apparently I have ideas. Or at least they think so in Cambridge, because I have been invited to give a talk at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. It will be called “Challenging the gender binary through science fiction and fantasy”, … Continue reading

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