Vector 277

January 11, 2015
Artwork by Marco Laine

Artwork by Marco Laine

Vectro 277 has been out for a wee while (as you can probably guess) and can be obtained from the BSFA. It has my review of Naomi Foyle’s Astra, and you can find details of the other reviews here.


Ansible 329

December 2, 2014

Latest Ansible.

News from the world of SF.


Interzone 254

November 5, 2014
Artwork by Wayne Haag

Artwork by Wayne Haag

Interzone 254 has been out for quite a while and, if I don’t update this blog soon, Interzone 255 will be upon us before I know it. And then where will we be? I, for one, will have a confusing online filing system to deal with.

Anyway, this issue’s Book Zone has the latest instalment of Jonathan McCalmont’s wonderful Future Interrupted column, as well as reviews of the following titles:

Twember by Steve Rasnic Tem (reviewed by Peter Tennant)

The Race by Nina Allan (reviewed by Peter Tennnant)

The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltbiano (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

California by Edan Lepucki (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

Where On Earth by Ursula K. Le Guin (reviewed by John Howard)

Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene (reviewed by Stephen Theaker)

Green Planets edited by Gerry Canavan & Kim Stanley Robinson (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)

Call and Response by Paul Kincaid (reviewed by Paul Graham Raven)

The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction Volume Two edited by Gordon Van Gelder (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)

Barricade by Jon Wallace (reviewed by Barbara Melville)

The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

The Beauty by Aliya Whitely (reviewed by Stephen Theaker)

The Collapse of Western Civilisation by Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway (reviewed by Paul Graham Raven)

Company of Shadows by Paul Gerrard (reviewed by Simon Marshall-Jones)

The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem (reviewed by Andy Hedgecock)

A Kill in the Morning by Graeme Shimmin (reviewed by Ian Sales)

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The Guardian 52272

September 23, 2014

I have a short letter in today’s Guardian in which I solve the English democratic deficit and reform the constitution at the same time. You can thank me later.


Interzone 253

August 26, 2014
Art by Wayne Haag

Art by Wayne Haag

Interzone 253 is the current issue. And I’m getting slower and slower when it comes to keeping this blog updated.

Follow the above link to the TTA main page for more details, including how to buy it.

In this issue’s Book Zone we have:

Robot Uprisings by Daniel H. Wilson & John Joseph Adams (reviewed by Matthew S. Dent, who also interviewed Adams ahead of his Hugo win. Prescient or what?)

Koko Takes a Holiday by Kieran Shea (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica (reviewed by Stephen Theaker)

Extreme Planets edited by David Conyers, David Kernott & Jeff Harris (reviewed by Ian Sales)

Blood Kin by Steve Rasnic Tem (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

The Best of Tad Williams (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

Morphologies edited by Ra Page (reviewed by Andrew J. Wilson)

Kindred by Octavia Butler (reviewed by Paul Graham Raven)

The Madonna & the Starship by James Morrow (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)

Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan (reviewed by Simon Marshall-Jones)

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (reviewed by me)

 


Supernatural Tales 16 Kindle

August 23, 2014

Supernatural Tales 16 is now available for the Kindle.

Naturally I’ve got a super tale in it. The print edition has been out for a few years, but now you can stick it in your Kindle. Only £1.79.


Ansible 325

August 5, 2014

SF news and stuff.


Freakstock 2014

August 4, 2014

Spotted in crowd.


Interzone 252

June 2, 2014
Artwork by Wayne Haag

Artwork by Wayne Haag

The current issue of Interzone sees Andy Hedgecock interviewing Neil Williamson and reviewing his novel, The Moon King. There’s a story from Neil elsewhere in the magazine.

The Book Zone also has reviews of:

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (reviewed by Jo L. Walton)

The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)

Descent by Ken Macleod (reviewed by Paul Kincaid)

Tesseracts 17 edited by Colleen Anderson & Steve Vernon (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)

The Three by Sarah Lotz (reviewed by Simon Marshall-Jones)

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor (reviewed by Stephen Theaker)

The Boy with the Porcelain Blade by Den Patrick (reviewed by Matthew S. Dent)

Astra by Naomi Foyle (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson (reviewed by Barbara Melville)

You can order a copy here (or even just browse some more of the contents) and follow its adventures here. Unusually, we’ve decided to put this issue’s editorial online. It’s important.

Regular readers will have noticed a l-o-o-o-ng gap between posts here. I have been unbelievably busy — although, unfortunately, not with stuff that will turn into prose. Life, eh? Can’t live with it, can’t live without it.


Lulu

April 6, 2014

Lulu is offering free priority mail shipping or 50% off ground shipping with the code FM303 until 10th April.


Vector 275

April 2, 2014

Artwork by Dimitra Papadimitriou

Vector 275

 

Vector 275 has been been published. It has my review of Hannu Rajaniemi’s The Fractal Prince and Dan Hartland’s review of The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself. You can find a full list of the books reviewed here.

This issue has the Vector reviewers’ summation of 2013. I decided to skip this year as I would have had to discuss my involvement with the British Fantasy Awards, which didn’t seem fair on the other jurors or the shortlisted authors. And not mentioning them in my summation of 2013 would have been equally problematic.

There are also articles from David Hering, Molly Cobb, Laura Sneddon, Tony Jones, Stephen Baxter, Andy Sawyer and Paul Kincaid.

BSFA members will have found that their issue mailed out with BSFA Awards 2013. This volume contains the shortlisted short fiction from Nina Allan, Sofia Samatar, E.J. Swift and Tori Truslow; shortlisted non-fiction from Liz Bourke, John J. Johnston and Jeff VanderMeer; and artwork from Joey Hi-Fi, Kevin Tong and Richard Wagner.


Locus 639

April 2, 2014

April’s Locus has Rich Horton reviewing Interzone 250.


A Mad Man With A Blog

March 31, 2014

Matthew S. Dent reviews Interzone 251.


Science Fiction & Fantasy

March 31, 2014

Anthony G. Williams reviews Interzone 251.


Interzone 251

March 31, 2014
Artwork by Wayne Haag

Artwork by Wayne Haag

Interzone 251 has been around for a wee while now. And so has my stinking dose of the cold. You can order Interzone directly from TTA Press or you can buy it from the usual suspects. You can pick up this cold pretty easily as well.

In this issue’s Book Zone we have Paul Kincaid reviewing and interviewing Simon Ings about Wolves and other things, and we also have the latest Future Interrupted column from Jonathan McCalmont. Other books reviewed are:

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

Empress of the Sun by Ian McDonald (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)

News from Unknown Countries by Tim Lees (reviewed by Matthew S. Dent)

The Black Dog Eats the City by Chris Kelso (reviewed by me)

The Arrows of Time by Greg Egan (reviewed by John Howard)

Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh (reviewed by Barbara Melville)

Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest (reviewed by Elaine Gallagher)

Hive Monkey by Gareth L. Powell (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

Beyond the Rift by Peter Watts (reviewed by Jo L. Walton)

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

You can follow discussion about this issue on the TTA boards where it has its own dedicated thread.

I’m going to go and drink another Lemsip now.