Category Archives: Books

What A Difference A Year Makes

Today I made my one appearance at this year’s Bristol Festival of Literature. It went very well. We were sold out (though it looked like around a third of the paid attendees didn’t turn up), and we had a great … 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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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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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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Last Week on Ujima – Crime, Cricket, Umbrellas & Protest

With profuse apologies for the day, here are the Listen Again links for last week’s show. We started off with my friend Lucienne Boyce talking about her latest historical novel, Butcher’s Block. This is a new Dan Foster mystery novel, … 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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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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Buy My Book, Please

The very fabulous Gender Identity and Sexuality in Fantasy and Science Fiction was published today. Copies are available from Luna Press in the dealers’ room, or through the usual outlets. If you can’t stomach the thought of another essay on … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima: Bookshops, Podcasts, Art for Health & Drag Queens

Despite the fact that England Women were playing South Africa in Bristol (of which more later) and it was a beautiful sunny day, I took myself off to the Ujima studios to do a show. I love you folks that … Continue reading

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New Book, Contains Me

This is a new book from Luna Press’s Academia Lunare imprint which will be out on August 9th. It is titled Gender Identity and Sexuality in Fantasy and Science Fiction and covers a wide range of topics within that. My … 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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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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Gendered Voices – Day 2

Following on from yesterday’s post, here’s what we got up to on the second day of the Gendered Voices conference. Session one was all about representation and began with Rosie talking about her research into coming out experiences. This is … Continue reading

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Can’t Do Everything

Being British, I feel very guilty whenever I say I can’t come to someone’s event because I am too busy. Practically, however, doing everything just isn’t possible. Today is a case in point. I would love to be at CN … Continue reading

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China in Bristol

On Friday evening China Miéville was in Bristol to promote his newly published history of the Russian revolution, October. Naturally I, and many of the Bristol SF crowd, where there to see him, even though he barely mentioned SF. Despite … Continue reading

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Testosterone Rex

While most of the reading I am doing at the moment is either history research or Tiptree-related, occasionally I have to read books because they are relevant to doing trans awareness training. This means that I get to read Cordelia … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – Gareth, Fitness, Trans Theater & Stopping Violence

It was a very full show as always on Women’s Outlook yesterday. I started out talking to local author, Gareth L. Powell, about his latest book, a short story collection called Entropic Angel (after a story originally published by me … Continue reading

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Talking About Dillon for #LGBTHM17

Bristol 24/7 has published my review of Michael Dillon’s autobiography, Out of the Ordinary: A Life of Gender and Spiritual Transitions. This is all LGBT History Month stuff, of course. Many thanks to James Higgins, the new LGBT Editor, for … Continue reading

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Talking Representation v Objectification

The lovely people at The Future Fire asked me to do a guest post for them to help promote the Problem Daughters crowdfunding campaign. So of course I wrote something about trans people in fiction. You can find it here. … Continue reading

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