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Signal to Noise – Silvia Moreno-Garcia

You have to admire a novel that almost immediately but briefly digresses into a discussion of the best concept album ever* all whilst developing the protagonist’s harsh yet sympathetic personality. Mercedes Vega or Meche returns to Mexico City for her … Continue reading

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The Trelawny Collection #2: Trelawny with Shelley and Byron – Joaquin Miller 1893

Continuing my working through biographies of the old rogue Tre, this brief pamphlet is my most recent acquisition and only in scanned e-book format. In my previous post I implied that Richard Edgcumbe was the sole biographer to actually know … Continue reading

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Albums of 2018

Slightly belatedly, a rundown of 2018’s best albums. A year where keeping up in any genre was difficult so being eclectic like me, well, how the hell do I not miss great stuff? Not many of my established favourites, the … Continue reading

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The Best of Connie Willis

The novels of Connie Willis are popular enough that maybe I don’t need to tell you about them, but how about her short fiction? Time Is The Fire is the first UK collection of Willis’ shorter fiction and features ten … Continue reading

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Vonda McIntyre – a brief view

Originally published on Gollancz sfgateway.com in 2014 In the Nebula-winning novella “Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand” a healer, Snake, uses three specially bred snakes to inject medicines to the sick. Whilst saving the life of a young boy one … Continue reading

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Pat Murphy – a profile

Originally published on Sfgateway.com Pat Murphy says her favourite bird is the mockingbird because ‘it never sings the same song twice.’ So far the same can be said of Murphy herself. Some writers find a genre seam and mine it … Continue reading

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Kit Reed: A Brief Retrospective

(Originally commissioned and published in SFRA REVIEW 325 Summer 2018.) Introducing Kit Reed’s 1998 retrospective collection Weird Women, Wired Women, Connie Willis vividly evokes that sensation of reading her first Kit Reed story. I recognised that sensation at once. For … Continue reading

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