Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Dread and Fear Of Kings — Richard Paul Russo (Short Fiction pt3)

Under the direction of a decaying king an army progresses across a continent, city by city, entering, occupying and wilfully destroying all that is good therein. The narrator of Richard Paul Russo’s “The Dread & Fear of Kings” (1) is … Continue reading

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Chrysalid: Growing up With John Wyndham

When I was quite small I would sometimes dream of a city – which was strange because it began before I even knew what a city was.1 When I was quite small I would often dream of Labrador, before I … Continue reading

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The rest of Mary Shelley

This week BBC Radio 4’s Book At Bedtime is what they describe as “the only other finished fiction by Mary Shelley.” Mathilda When I first heard that I thought I was mistaken.  The trailer added that it was about her … Continue reading

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On Short Fictions pt 2

So the previous post featured two very different short stories, a feminist SF fabulation and a moving romance, that both introduced me to authors I went on to read in depth.   There are other authors where just a single story … Continue reading

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On Short Fictions pt 1 of several

I’ve always liked short fiction, its sometimes called the lifeblood of SF, and I discovered a good proportion of my favourite authors through their short stories. Most recently this has meant newer writers like Catherynne M Valente, Ekaterina Sedia, etc. … Continue reading

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