Monthly Archives: May 2011

150+ Women SF Writers — A List

(compiled with the help of Ian Sales http://www.iansales.com and others) This is an amended version of the flier I rushed out at Eastercon this year.  The idea was to counter one of the arguments about Women SF writers: that there … Continue reading

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The City & The Naked City

One of the principle means by which a work of Science Fiction ‘succeeds’ is by the ‘suspension of disbelief.’  It thoroughly immerses the reader in its fictional world, achieving an irony of mimesis whereby occurrences that might be otherwise deemed … Continue reading

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Faces – Leigh Kennedy (1986)

Leigh Kennedy began her career with stories in Analog and Universe, but you might not guess that from this collection. Half the ten short stories here are fantastic, but most share a subtlety whereby the genre aspects are not foregrounded. … Continue reading

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Nowhere Bound part 3

I was fifteen when, perhaps sensing total alienation from my peers if I didn’t know anything about pop music, decided to tape the Top 40 one Sunday. I don’t recall any great flashes of revelation, it may not have been … Continue reading

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Nowhere Bound part 2

June 1994, The Garage, Highbury,London. At last the chance to see The Walkabouts play live. They’re in the unusual position of having two albums to promote: Satisfied Mind — a predominantly acoustic collection of covers of songs by everyone from … Continue reading

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Nowhere Bound part 1

Put the needle on the record…             Carla’s wearing black, of course. It must be rock’n’roll. Head bowed as she adjusts the tuning of her guitar. Or so I imagine, I’m not really looking, barely paying attention. Imagination is based … Continue reading

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