Category Archives: Science Fiction

Fringe Tonight, And January Readings

Tonight sees the return of the legendary BristolCon Fringe Open Mic, at which a whole host of lovely people get just five minutes to wow us with their fiction. I have to catch a train to Plymouth tonight because I’m … Continue reading

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PKD Award Winner

Easter is a time when all sorts of award results are announced. The Aurealis Awards were handed out in Australia yesterday. Full details are here. I’m delighted to see a bunch of my friends winning stuff. This morning by email … Continue reading

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Susan Cooper to Give 2017 Tolkien Lecture

This year’s for the J.R.R. Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature at Pembroke College in Oxford will be Susan Cooper. I suspect that most of you know who she is, but just in case there’s a clue to the left. As … Continue reading

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New Dimension 6

Issue #10 of Dimension 6, the free Australian short fiction magazine, is now available from download from their website. The contents of this issue are: “The Other City” by Rjurik Davidson “Glide” by Natalie Potts “The Seven Voyages of Captain … Continue reading

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BristolCon Fringe November 2016

I have some more Fringe podcasts for you. We don’t have audio from September because I was Very Sick and no one else had any recording kit, so we move on the November, which was a Kristell Ink Special. Editor … Continue reading

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Forthcoming SF&F-Related Events

Here are a few things happening the the Bristol/Bath area in May. On Friday, May 5th China Miéville will be doing a Festival of Ideas talk at @Bristol. This is not about his SF, he’s doing a tour to promote … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Book on Gender & Sexuality in SF&F

I am delighted to announce that I will have an essay in Gender identity and sexuality in Current Fantasy and Science Fiction: do we have a problem?, forthcoming from Luna Press later this year. There are 10 authors altogether in … Continue reading

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Hello Prometheus

The finalists for this year’s Prometheus Award, given to works of Libertarian science fiction, have been announced. Here they are: The Corporation Wars: Dissidence by Ken MacLeod (Orbit) The Corporation Wars: Insurgence, by Ken MacLeod (Orbit) The Mandibles: A Family, … Continue reading

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Welcome, Samovar!

Samovar is the speculative fiction magazine devoted to translated works. It is hosted by the good folks at Strange Horizons. The first issue was published today and you can read it here. It includes (if I’m getting this right) work … Continue reading

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New Finnish Weird

The latest issue of Finnish Weird is now available online. It includes stories from Magdalena Hai, J.S. Meresmaa and Viivi Hyvönen. (And yes, they are all women.) You can download a free electronic copy here. Free paper copies will be … Continue reading

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August Fringe Podcasts

Thanks to some magnificent work by Tom Parker we are rapidly getting caught up on the BristolCon Fringe podcasts. Right now we are limited more by our bandwidth limits on the Podbean account than anything else. We should be fully … Continue reading

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Tiptree Juror

As per the announcement earlier this week, I am going to be on the jury for the Tiptree Award this year. That will mean a number of things. Firstly I will get a lot of books to read. As a … Continue reading

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July Fringe Podcasts

Oh dear, we are behind, aren’t we. Guess whose fault that is? Yep, that would be the person who has been rushing around like an idiot for months on end. Thankfully the new arrangements for Fringe include the fabulous Tom … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – Radio Comedy, Allyship & Conferences

Yesterday’s show on Ujima seemed to go OK, despite much of it being thrown together at the last minute as a couple of people I’d wanted were not available. We did have some technical issues at the start, but Ben … Continue reading

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Tiptree – We Have A Winner

Email arriving overnight announcing the results of this year’s James Tiptree Jr. Award which, as most of you will know, rewards “works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand our understanding of gender and gender roles”. The winner … Continue reading

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Strange Horizons to Interview 100 African SF&F Writers

Now that’s the sort of press release I like to get. It makes a welcome change from all of the emails about new novels that are comparable to Dan Brown at his best or some similar nonsense. Geoff Ryman has … Continue reading

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Fringe is Moving

As of next Monday’s event, BristolCon Fringe will have a new home. It is: The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer, 17-18 King Street, Bristol BS1 4EF. We will be in the function room on the first floor. The move should give … Continue reading

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Crawford Award Winner

I have been so busy over the past week that I totally missed the fact that Gary Wolfe had made the official announcement for this year’s Crawford award. The Crawford, as you may remember, is for a debut fantasy book. … Continue reading

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Problem Daughters Interview with Rivqa Rafael

Problem Daughters, the new anthology from The Future Fire, will amplify the voices of women who are sometimes excluded from mainstream feminism. It will be an anthology of beautiful, thoughtful, unconventional speculative fiction and poetry around the theme of intersectional … Continue reading

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Attention British Women SF Writers

Newcon Press will be publishing a Best of British Science Fiction 2016 anthology. The deadline for submissions was January 31st, but it sounds like they are short on submissions by women writers as they have extended the deadline to February … Continue reading

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