Category Archives: Science Fiction

Hugo Myth Season Again

Voting is open for this year’s Hugo Awards, and consequently I need to get back to dispelling the strange ideas about the Hugos that seem to proliferate at this time of the year. This post has been inspired in particular … Continue reading

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In Mourning

The news broke last night that Ursula K Le Guin had died. Since then my social media streams have been full of very sad posts from distraught people. Yeah. Many of my friends, of course, knew Le Guin well, and/or … Continue reading

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2018 Tolkien Lecture

The 2018 J.R.R. Tolkien at Pembroke College will be given by V.E. (Victoria) Schwab. It is on May 1st. I would say “rush to book”, but the announcement went up yesterday and it is already sold out. Whoa, that’s impressive. … Continue reading

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Life Goal

If you are going to be EVIL, you might as well be EVIL with style. For those of you who don’t have Netflix and are not enjoying Star Trek: Discovery, our heroes are currently trapped in an alternate universe where … Continue reading

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Launching the Horror

This evening I was in Bristol to attend the launch of The Hotwells Horror, the anthology that has been put together by local writers in honor of David J. Rodger. I’m delighted to report that it was very well attended. … Continue reading

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PKD Award Finalists

The short list for this year’s Philip K Dick Award were announced last night. They are: The Book of Etta by Meg Elison (47North) Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty (Orbit) After the Flare by Deji Bryce Olukotun (The Unnamed Press) … Continue reading

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Self-Fertilizing Fish

Every so often I come across a news article that is relevant both to trans science and science fiction. Yesterday was one of those magical days, because I discovered the existence of self-fertilizing fish. I should probably go back a … Continue reading

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November Fringe Readings

Well, this is a little bit late, but treat it as a timely Solstice present. Here is the audio from the November BristolCon Fringe event, with a bonus interview at the end. It being just past Halloween, November was a … Continue reading

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A Brief Word on the Rocket Stink

As some of you will have noticed, a bit of an upset happened over the weekend over the review site, Rocket Stack Rank. As usual, File 770 is on the case. For those who can’t be bothered to click through, … Continue reading

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Worldcon 76 – Hotel Reservations Open Today

Those of you lucky enough to be able to head to San José next year will be able to book your hotel rooms as of 1:00pm PST today. Details here. And folks, we have two big hotels (Hilton & Marriott) … Continue reading

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Tade Thompson Interview

As promised last week, I have dug out the interview with Tade Thompson that I did for Ujima and made the whole thing available on Salon Futura. We had a whole pile of issues with the Skype recording on this … Continue reading

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Fringe Tomorrow

Tomorrow will see the final BristolCon Fringe event of 2017. As usual it will be at the Naval Volunteer pub from 7:00pm. Here are the readers. Baylea Hart is an IT Technician by day, horror writer by night and a … Continue reading

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The 2017 Nommo Awards – Africa’s Finest

The Nommos are awards given out by the African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS). I’m delighted to see Africa, and the African diaspora, coming together like this. Many of the winners are unknown to me, as it should be. However, the … Continue reading

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M. John Harrison in Bath

Last night I took myself into Bath where M. John Harrison was reading from his latest collection, the wonderfully titled You Should Come With Me Now. The book is a mixture of short stories and flash fiction, and shows that … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – Babbers, Gender, History & World Fantasy

Yesterday’s show began with a chat with my Ujima colleague, Gail Bowen-Huggett. Gail is a great presenter who works on a show called Babbers. It goes out in the same time slot as mine, but on a Monday, and it … Continue reading

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Canadian Indigenous & Black SF

The other week I was talking about Polynesian science fiction. Today it is the turn of Canada. CBC Radio’s show, The Current, has done a feature on science fiction by native and black Canadians. I features the inimitable Minister Faust, … Continue reading

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Not Korean Enough?

Book Twitter today, in between the excitement over the US elections, has been busy fuming over this tweet: Wow, editors rejected @leonardchang's novel because his Korean-American characters "didn't act Asian enough" https://t.co/6PyPiKR3AK pic.twitter.com/RJBRUhIymK — brandon sheffield (@necrosofty) November 7, 2017 … Continue reading

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World Fantasy Awards

This year’s World Fantasy Convention took place at the weekend. There were, of course, awards. Some of them made me very happy. The full list is on the snazzily revamped Locus website. Congratulations first to Jeff Ford who took the … Continue reading

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Cat Out Of Bag

Yesterday Juliet McKenna did a blog post talking about how Ibsen might have intended Hedda Gabler to be black. I haven’t had a chance to follow up on that, though it does sound fascinating. However, at the bottom of the … Continue reading

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Aotearoa Futurism

As some of you will have seen from Twitter, I rather enjoyed Thor: Ragnarok. There are a lot of fun aspects to the film, but one I particularly enjoyed were the references to Asgard as a conquering empire that then … Continue reading

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