Category Archives: Science Fiction

Worldcon: Day 4

I was so tired last night that It forgot to set my alarm and woke up 1.5 hours later than planned. While I did get around 7.5 hours sleep, I didn’t get breakfast because I had an 11:00am panel and … Continue reading

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The Emma Newman TV Clip

I promised you the clip of Emma Newman and I being interviewed on the Crunch the Week show on Made in Bristol TV. Here it is. I think Emma did a fabulous job. Also you get a great view of … Continue reading

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World Fantasy Award Finalists

The finalists for this year’s World Fantasy Awards have been announced. Locus has the full list. I’m very pleased to see Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country on the Novel list. The Long Fiction list looks very familiar. Huge kudos once again … Continue reading

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Time To Destroy Science Fiction Again

As if the poor thing hadn’t been destroyed enough already… Who is at it this time? Why, it is Disabled People. Yes, that is a Kickstarter link. The whole thing is being managed by Uncanny magazine, who have an excellent … Continue reading

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BristolCon Fringe – July Readings

Our July event began with our good friend, Justin Newland. He gave us excerpts from two separate works. The first excerpt was from his published novel, The Genes of Isis. This is from a section later in the book where … Continue reading

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Free African Science Fiction

The fabulous Geoff Ryman has persuaded the Manchester Review to do a major feature on African science fiction. It came out over the weekend, but I have saved it to blog about until today so that more of you will … Continue reading

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Mad Day

This morning my social media alerts went crazy because I have a new history blog up the the University of Sheffield’s History Matters site. Hopefully that didn’t interfere too much with my tweeting of Ronald Hutton’s brilliant lecture. There was … Continue reading

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British Fantasy Awards Shortlists

The short lists for this year’s British Fantasy Awards were announced at the weekend. Bristol people have done rather well. To start with, Pete Sutton’s A Tiding of Magpies is on the list for Best Collection. It is Pete’s first … Continue reading

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Fringe Tonight

It is tine for another BristolCon Fringe event tonight, so I shall be off into Bristol shortly. We have an excellent show lined up for you. First up will be Justin Newland (also known as “the man who asks questions”). … Continue reading

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Eurocon Trip Report

Germany’s recent Eurocon was quite small in comparison to recent events in places such as Spain, Sweden, Croatia and Finland. The total attendance was under 300, and seemed to skew towards an old, white male demographic. That was a shame, … Continue reading

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June Fringe Podcasts

The good news on Fringe is that we are now very efficient. The June event was last Monday, and here we are with the podcast. Huge thanks to Tom Parker for being so quick with the editing. The less good … Continue reading

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Locus Award Winners

This year’s Locus Award winners were announced yesterday. As they are fan-voted, they are an interesting indicator as to how the Hugos might go, and of course are a major honor in their own right. The full list of winners … Continue reading

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Feminist SF Book Launch in Bristol

By Thursday evening, assuming all goes well, I will be in Dortmund. However, the lucky Bristol people can go to the launch of a new YA science fiction book at Waterstones. Virginia Bergin’s Who Runs the World? is one of … Continue reading

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Historical Fiction at the Zoo

As a kid I was addicted to the Animal Magic show on children’s BBC, fronted by Johnny Morris. As the older readers among you may remember, it was set in Bristol Zoo. Little did I imagine that I would one … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima – Dinosaurs, Afrofuturism, Psychology & Feminism

It was radio day again today. I think I had a great bunch of guests on Women’s Outlook. Hopefully you do too. We began with DB Redfern from the Bristol Museums Service telling us all about the fabulous new dinosaur … Continue reading

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May Fringe – Emma Newman & Piotr Świetlik

Huzzah, we are up to date! Our first reader for May was local author and sometime radio show host, Piotr Świetlik. He read part of a science fiction story set in Pennsylvania (but not that Pennsylvania). Our headline guest for … Continue reading

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Mother of Invention

Nope, this is nothing to do with Frank Zappa. It is an anthology from Twelfth Planet which is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The theme is that it will feature diverse, challenging stories about gender as it relates to the creation … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman, Stephen Fry & Chris Riddell do Mythology

Yesterday at the Hay Literary Festival Neil Gaiman and Stephen Fry did an event about mythology. Neil talked about his hugely successful Norse Mythology book, and Stephen about a forthcoming book on Greek Myths. As a special bonus, Chris Riddell … Continue reading

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Welcome to Afrometropolis

Last night I was at The Arnolfini for an event curated by my friend, Edson Burton. Afrometroplis was a multi-media experience inspired by Afrofuturism. The idea was to create a futuristic and funkadelic city state inspired by African culture. I … Continue reading

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April Fringe, the Legendary Open Mic

We are almost caught up on the Fringe podcasts now. Tom has edited the May readings and I’ll be able to put them live in early June once our upload allowance has reset. In the meantime here are the April … Continue reading

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