What is Science Fiction?

What is science fiction? I suspect there are more definitions than authors writing the genre. But one that caught my eye was a definition that Adam Roberts came up with in his History of Science Fiction: Science Fiction is: stories of travel through space (to other worlds, planets and stars); stories of travel through time […]

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Free to Enter Science Fiction Short Story Competitions

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.. […]

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Introduction to Rocket Science Day!

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 […]

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“I may be some while”

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 […]

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BSFA Awards 2016

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 […]

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