Below is my (kind of, but never works out) six-monthly list of free to enter science fiction short story competitions: Futurescape, up to 8000 words, end date October 13th 2017, theme – ‘Blue Sky Cities’ Intelligence in Fiction, up to 5000 words, closing date July 15th 2017, Theme about artificial general intelligence, intelligence amplification, or the AI alignment problem.. […]Read more "Free to Enter Science Fiction Short Story Competitions"
I’m starting a series of once a month posts to promote a science fiction that will be coming out in the following month. These novels will be of the hard-ish science fiction variety because I feel not enough is being done to promote such novels. Why am I doing this? Well I know darned well […]Read more "June’s Pick for a Sciency Science Fiction Novel"
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the British Interplanetary Society’s An Introduction to Rocket Science day at the Royal Institution’s Faraday Theatre (yes, the same as where the BBC’s Christmas Lectures are broadcast from). Below are the lectures with the blurb from the invite and a comment or two from me. Why can’t we simply […]Read more "Introduction to Rocket Science Day!"
With so much other news going on (you all know what I mean), it is easy to miss the shortlist announcement for the Arthur C Clarke award. The six on the shortlist are: A Close and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee After Atlas by Emma Newman Occupy Me by […]Read more "Arthur C Clarke Award Shortlist"
Someone was cheeky enough to call a general election in the UK yesterday. Which means that at least in this country most people’s attention will on persuading others and being persuaded which way to vote. Why? This is very much a crossroads election i.e. whichever way the vote goes, it will have a significant impact […]Read more "“I may be some while”"
The 2016 BSFA awards have been announced. They are: Best Novel Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Winter (Solaris) Best Short Fiction Jaine Fenn – Liberty Bird (Now We Are Ten, NewCon Press) Best Non-Fiction Geoff Ryman – 100 African Writers of SFF (Tor.com) Best Artwork Sarah Anne Langton – Cover for Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications) The interesting thing is […]Read more "BSFA Awards 2016"
Of course the highlight news is the astronomers have found a planet that has atmosphere. It’s GJ 1132b, which is 1.4-times the size of our planet and lies 39 light years away, and in the Vela constellation. As it has a surface temperature around 370C, it won’t be habitable. However, that does not rule out it […]Read more "DIscoveries, Engineering Progress and Science Fiction"