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Hugo Nominations 2016: Best Short Story (Fantasy)?

The god gave his keys to my brother, but I knew it was a mistake. Keys are a woman’s domain. The Secrets of the Universe, a flash fiction by Kat Otis, is published today by Daily Science Fiction. It’s Renaissance fantasy, but executed with exceptional grace, polish

[Review] Damage, by David D. Levine

Greg from Rocket Stack Rank wrote in the comments on Lela E. Buis’ blog: Try “Damage” for a really bad story that actually got recommended by someone. How could I resist an invitation like that? And, yep, Damage is pretty bad. Although not the worst I’ve read this

[Review] The Hunger Tower by Pan Haitian

“My #1 candidate for the worst short SFF published in any professional venue in 2015” That’s how Greg at Rocket Stack Rank described Pan Haitian’s short story The Hunger Tower. I can’t say I disagree with him. This is a literary car crash. A monster truck

The sexual allure of jihad

I have a Gitta Sereny-like fascination with the morality of violence. Film-maker Deeyah Khan spoke to the London Evening Standard about Jihad: A British Story: I suggest IS may be the ultimate headhunters. Khan nods. “They are. It’s also like grooming. They find out what

Sorry for the lack of posting…

I was at the seaside resort of Eastbourne for the weekend. Nope, not holidaying. At a convention for players of modern board games. You may have heard of Settlers of Catan. I’m more of a Blood Rage perp myself.  

Some days I wonder…

…Whether I was a better writer when I was fifteen. So begins Syer Roth: Fire Empress, the science-fantasy novel I wrote as a teenager. I found it in the spare room this morning – all 960 pages of it.  The internet didn’t exist in those days so it’s wholly

Hugo nominations 2016: Best Professional Artist?

Bastion is a new science fiction magazine publishing digitally on the first of every month… Their cover artist is Milan Jaram and every cover is absolutely gorgeous.  I love the striking images in intense shades of blue, orange, etc.  They’re dramatic and eye catching. They remind me,

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