Author Archives: Kev McVeigh

About Kev McVeigh

Review of literary matters, mostly but not all SFF , and digressions into music and other arts. Engagement welcomed.

The Trelawny Collection #1: Edward Trelawny (A Biographical Sketch) – Richard Edgcumbe (1882)

I have been fascinated by the 19th century figure Edward John Trelawny (1792-1881) since the random discovery of a copy of Adventures of A Younger Son (1830) at a Kirkby Lonsdale book fair in the mid 90s. Subsequently I have … Continue reading

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Langue [dot] doc 1305 — Gillian Polack

Gillian Polack’s 2014 time travel novel Langue [dot] doc 1305 is one of those SF novels that perhaps could only exist because of certain earlier books, but you don’t need to know them to appreciate this one. From the present … Continue reading

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‘Sing my song, dance my struggle.’

Performance as truth-telling in Andrea Hairston’s SFF Writing. Content Warning: at one point this paper uses historical terms as used by characters within the novel being discussed, that are now offensive. I have chosen to use them once to make … Continue reading

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Trigger

Just rewatched Trigger, the 2010 Bruce McDonald film about two former bandmates meeting up a decade after the band broke up. One now works in LA in TV, the other is still in Toronto working on new songs but without … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Kim Stanley Robinson 1994

I first interviewed Kim Stanley Robinson in 1994 around the publication of his landmark work Red Mars. This reprint may be of interest. Ten years ago, when Terry Carr’s Ace Specials series of first novels was launched the authors chosen … Continue reading

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Karen Joy Fowler: This Map IS The Territory

From the Attic IX: This Map IS The Territory originally published on the sfgateway blog. 19 November 2014 Rereading the stories of Karen Joy Fowler I am made aware of some things I already knew. That is not entirely the … Continue reading

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Patti Smith in Kendal 2007

In the summer of 2007 Kendal Brewery Arts Centre ran a Women’s Arts Festival featuring a host of great writers, artists and performers. One of those was Patti Smith who turns 71 today. On the Friday night she played the … Continue reading

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