Category Archives: Science Fiction

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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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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