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The trouble with hard SF…

Traditional publishers don’t like hard SF, says an author with a creative writing MFA: Which raises a question.  As writers decry the decline of hard SF, you’ve got to wonder how many traditional publishers think like her – that The Martian had no market? How many reject hard SF because they think

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.

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

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