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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.

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

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

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

Your life will be graded

Vox Day* links to a discussion of Peeple, a new app that will let you rate other human beings. He writes: Congratulations, world. Now everyone online will discover what my life has been like since 2001. And to be honest, it’s really not a big deal

Heroism, message fiction and the countervailing point-of-view

I was fascinated to read a comment about message fiction (in film) on an article about free speech in the Spectator. The commentator, Sue Smith, argues that message fiction is where the text contains no countervailing point of view. There is only one ‘truth’ presented and emotional imagery,

Hugo Award nominees by nationality, and Read for the Day…

Lynn E. O’Connacht has done a fascinating analysis of the nationalities of Hugo Award nominees. I thought they were biased towards America, but this is the first time I’ve seen data. According to Lynn, 82.2% of Best Novel nominees since 1959 have come from the US. Only 12.4% have

Do the Hugo Awards have a short fiction problem?

At least one person complained that the Sad/Rabid Puppy nominees kept award-worthy short stories off the 2015 Hugo ballot… So I was curious. Was this true? Were these stories better than the stuff I’d read? An experiment was in order. I’ve now read the nominees on io9’s Puppy-free