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Archive for June, 2009

On Today tomorrow

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

In the wake of the general media buzz about Al Reynold's splendid million pound advance, tomorrow's Today programme [Monday 29th June; 6-9am] will be interviewing both Al and myself, on the pressing current affairs questions of Space Opera. We're to be on 'between 8:40 and 9', I'm told. Assuming we don't get bumped, as sometimes [...]

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

I suppose it's fair to say that Denis Bayle is less well-known as a science fiction writer than he ought to be. Over at Futurismic, I've reviewed a fictionalised version of Bayle's biography: supposedly written by 'Thomas Hidgekin', who I'm not sure is a real-life figure. My review of this problematic title is already causing [...]

Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Two contributor copies of Mike Ashley's new anthology, The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF, arrived in the post yesterday. Lovely cover, and a splendid collection of stories from all the genre greats. Most are reprints (but what reprints! masterpieces!) although Mike also commissioned five new stories for the vol., from Steve Baxter, Eric Brown, Paul [...]

Richard P on YBT

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Rich Puchalsky, over on his blog, reports reading Yellow Blue Tibia with a temperature of 101. He thinks it 'an amusing book that people should read', but doesn't actually like it: 'it's the wrong book for me, right now.' One of the things I love about Rich's writing (and, despite the fact that he does [...]

SFF Masterclass 2009

Monday, June 15th, 2009

I spent much of last week in Liverpool, teaching (with Joan Gordon and Paul Kincaid) the annual SFF Masterclass. Third Annual Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass Location: University of Liverpool Dates: June 10th, 11th and 12th, 2009. The Science Fiction Masterclass is held in conjunction with the University of Liverpool. The aim of the Masterclass is [...]

The Romanian wolf speaks

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Mihai Adascalitei, who runs the blog Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews, has reviewed YBT. I'm chuffed he likes the book as much as he does, and particularly pleased that he found the representation of life under a Communist regime to be so realistic (given that he is someone with first hand experience of what such life [...]

Canberra’s Blutibia

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

The man with the superhero name, Colin Steele, reviews Ian McDonald's Cyberabad Days and my YBT in the Canberra Times (23/05/2009) under the pleasing headline 'Big Ideas in Brits' Creative Burst': British science fiction is currently undergoing one of its periodic bursts of creativity. Adam Roberts and Ian McDonald, two of the leading SF authors, [...]