Monthly Archives: October 2015

Do you write short SF&F fiction?

Have you had short stories published in the last few years…? If so, I probably want to hear from you. I’m doing a bit of casual journalism – researching how the market for short genre fiction is changing. I’ve interviewed four writers of short fiction so

New Wars, New Technology

Event China is ‘not frightened to fight a war with the US’, according to the Guardian today. The comments  – in a state-run Chinese newspaper – came twenty-four hours after the US deployed a warship into a contested region of the South China Sea. The territorial contest

A rare selfie

A rare selfie… taken at the Battle of Ideas at the Barbican earlier this month. I don’t normally take pictures of myself, but the last fortnight is the healthiest I’ve felt for four years, thanks to injecting Humira in preparation for IVF.

Normal service will resume shortly…

I spent a thought-provoking weekend at the Battle of Ideas: Write up to come, but blogging has been slow. [Image taken from @Traci_the_weeb on #battleofideas]

They’re made of meat!

Kameron Hurley writes in a Q&A on Reddit: You don’t see as much of this obsession with gore and chopping off limbs and selling wombs in my work prior to the year I started dying. It all hinges on that, on that sudden knowledge and

The Top 5 things you shouldn’t do in a Twine game

Anyone old enough in the 1980s will probably remember the computer game Zork and the Fighting Fantasy books by Steve Jackson. They’re examples of “choose your own adventure” stories where players make choices, and how the story ends depends on their decisions. Text-based games dropped out of fashion as

For the benefit of American readers…

An American visited England and his Facebook post went viral: The reason they drive on the left is because all their cars are built backwards You can read the rest here.  As someone living in England, he’s 99% accurate. He’s wrong about Bose speakers, but only rich people

On the subject of dogs piloting jetpacks…

Because I’ve got to beta test a Twine story this evening… I leave you with some deep thinking on the  topic of whether dogs can – and should – pilot their own jetpacks. Here is a video of a jetpack/wingsuit being piloted over Dubai. I

The Two Cultures of Hugo short stories

Lela E. Buis argues that hard SF writers are in danger of extinction, even in their traditional home of Analog magazine. She says: Does staying within the confines of science really limit creativity? Cixin Liu has refuted this one. He’s written something very creative within the

One block of pulped tree…

This package arrived in the post a few days ago. It’s the July/August 2015 back issue of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and – by having the IQ of a toast rack – I’d managed to order a paper copy. If you’re an international reader of short SF&F