Category Archives: Science Fiction

Bristol Festival of Literature, 2017

We are only a few days away now. Those of you in or near Bristol can find a full list of events here. I won’t be at BristolCon this year as I’ll be in Italy at an academic conference, but … Continue reading

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The Aromantic and Asexual Speculative Fiction Database

Truly, there is such a thing. This is a long way from my area of expertise, but I know that it is very real for other folks and diversity is all about accepting that some people are not like you. … Continue reading

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Stephanie Saulter in the Salon

As the Ujima show in which they featured is now unavailable through Listen Again, I have started posting my Worldcon interviews on Salon Futura. The first one is up now and features Stephanie Saulter. The interviews with Tempest Bradford, Karen … Continue reading

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Science Fiction in Bath

Bath Waterstones has an extensive reading series, and they are now doing a lot of good SF events. Last night I was there to listen to Emma Newman, who was at her smart and erudite best despite having just got … Continue reading

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I, Replicant

Well, BladeRunner 2049 was interesting. It is visually stunning though, as has been noted elsewhere, very white and rather full of naked boobs. What struck me most about it, however, probably won’t strike most of you as important, because you … Continue reading

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WorldCon Academic Track Podcasts

Worldcons are such busy events that huge swathes of activity can take place within one without you being aware of them. I spent very little time in the academic track at Helsinki, and consequently I had no idea that a … Continue reading

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Wanted: Translatable SF

Over at the SF in Translation blog, Rachel Cordasco has put out an appeal for information about top notch speculative fiction in languages other than English that people think ought to be translated. There is, undoubtedly, a huge amount of … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima – Art, Literature, Feminist SF and Vampires

Today’s show was full on culture, starting off with the fabulous Amy Powell from Bristol Art for All, an amazing organization that looks to provide cheap or free art courses that anyone can be involved in (even a total klutz … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Grimbold

The British Fantasy Society’s annual convention, FantasyCon, took place over the weekend. Awards were given out. Not all of my friends who were up for things won, but I am delighted that Grimbold Books won for Best Independent Press. Sammy … Continue reading

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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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