Category Archives: Science Fiction

The Anonymity of Warfare

My colleague Professor S. C. of London has just alerted us to a short film clip showing how airmen prepared an atomic bomb for use on Nagasaki in 1945, commenting that the full horror of the piece lies in its … Continue reading

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Reads Of The Year

Great minds, it is said, think alike.¬†For example, just as I was planning this post, I learned that Professor S. C. of London had posted his reads of 2013. The distinguished crystallographer, though, described all 26 of the books he’s … Continue reading

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The Future Is Here

Many years ago when the world was young (OK, it was 2007), Tor put out an anthology of 100 very short stories from the ongoing Futures SF series, devised by me back in the last millennium. The anthology was received … Continue reading

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The Desolation of Smaug – A Review

I have recently returned from the Cromer Enormoplex from my second viewing of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a magic lantern production directed by Peter Jackson. As you’ll know, unless you’ve spent the past two years in Gollum’s cave, … Continue reading

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Crossover Fanfic

Ever since one of her friends acquired a T-shirt on which was emblazoned a Mockingjay with the legend ‘District 9 3/4′, Crox Minima and I have been discussing crossover fanfic – that is, fan fiction in which two different franchises … Continue reading

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All I Want For Christmas

It’s now awfully fashionable to compile lists of things to see or do before you die. These lists are called Bucket Lists, presumably for the colloquialism in which ‘kicking the bucket’ means ‘die’ (qv. ‘bought the farm’, ‘flensed the ferret’, … Continue reading

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Who

Unless you have been buried 37 miles underground on the fifth moon of Jaglon Beta since – oooh – the Middle Pleistocene, it will not have escaped your notice that the 50th anniversary approaches of the first broadcast of Dr … Continue reading

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The Flies of Memory

This is the tragic paradox of the pin-sharp: the problem with cameras is that your memory of a scene becomes condensed around that one snapshot and everything else fades. Your holiday, so fluid, so subtle, so weighted with memory, is … Continue reading

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My Holiday Reads

Yesterday I promised a run-down of my holiday reading, so, without further ado, and in no particular order, I shall start with Deer Island, a memoir by Neil Ansell – a short book, but in its way, perfectly formed. Ansell … Continue reading

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Landwards Ho!

A little while ago I noted that I’d had a story accepted in a new SF anthology called Looking Landwards, to be published on 28 October by NewCon Press, notwithstanding inasmuch as which I am in receipt of the official … Continue reading

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