SPSFC At Boundary’s Edge: Meet The Team

In defiance of all logic, I am a judge for the inaugural SPSFC. This is going to be a lot of fun, but it’s also a big responsibility. More, you might say, than one man alone can handle. Well, I’m not so sure about that, but I have nevertheless assembled a crack team of bloggersContinue reading “SPSFC At Boundary’s Edge: Meet The Team”

TBR & BEYOND: July 2021

Welcome to the latest edition of TBR & BEYOND, a new regular feature where I take a look at my TBR, run through my reading plans for the month ahead, and talk about science-fiction related things I’m excited about for the coming month. A fair bit of this is similar to the previous month, butContinue reading “TBR & BEYOND: July 2021”

TBR and Beyond: June 2021

Welcome to the first in a new series of posts entitled TBR and beyond. On the last of the year, I make a list of all the science fiction material coming out in the year ahead. You can find the 2021 version by clicking on this link. The problem is that publication dates shift aroundContinue reading “TBR and Beyond: June 2021”

WRITING UPDATE: Back To The Grind

On Sunday, I wrote 3000 words. More than I’d written in the previous four months. Oh, I’d written a few thousand here and there, but nothing that still looked acceptable the next day. Certainly nothing I’d count as progress in any meaningful way.  But then work quietened down a little (here on the farm, lambingContinue reading “WRITING UPDATE: Back To The Grind”

I’m A Sucker For . . . Long Retreats

There are a lot of tropes I like. The ship and a crew dynamic. The con artist thinking on their feet. The fall of civilisations. But one that stands out above the others is the idea of a long retreat. Whether it’s a gruelling march through hostile territory, or a lonely trek through unfamiliar stars,Continue reading “I’m A Sucker For . . . Long Retreats”

TALES FROM THE TBR TOWER: March 2021

There’s an old joke that reading books and collecting books are two very different hobbies, and like so many readers, I buy books long before I get around to reading them. I try and keep on top of things, but newer, shinier books will always come along and push others further down my priority list.Continue reading “TALES FROM THE TBR TOWER: March 2021”

Are YOU a Book Snob?

Something I’ve seen coming up time and again, though moreso in recent months, are articles about elitism and snobbery in the world of books. Now, i’ve been on the receiving end of this snobbery myself. Through several years of university, I had (well, chose) to fight back against academics who thought genre fiction wasn’t worthwhile. AContinue reading “Are YOU a Book Snob?”