The things that happened in Helsinki

Worldcon.  The clue’s in the name, really. It’s blinking huge. A colossus of an event featuring hundreds of programme items and thousands of attendees. I managed to book a hotel pretty close to the convention centre and my fitness tracker still reckoned I was averaging 5-6 miles a day just walking from panel to presentation, […]

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Worldcon Schedule : update

Loncon3 have updated my participation schedule with a couple of added extras. So, if you happen to be at the convention, pop in and say hi. Better Worldbuilding Through Poetry:  Thursday Aug 14th, 16:30 – 18:00, Capital Suite 13 Reading: Thursday Aug 14th, 18:30-19:00, London Suite 1 Genre on the Stage:   Saturday Aug 16th, 11:00 – […]

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Worldcon schedule

So, the next thing on the horizon? Worldcon! In London! Or Loncon, as the kids are calling it. It’s going to be huge. Massive. Thousands of attendees, hundreds of programme items, and if you’re looking for me amongst it all, the surest place is at the follow events (which I’ll be taking part in). Better Worldbuilding Through Poetry: […]

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A general thanks

Eastercon, done. Hugely enjoyable. Great friends, excellent beer, enormous amount of chat. Brilliant also to hear of friends selling books, and winning awards. Especially chuffed for Gareth Powell, Nina Allan and Jeff Vandermeer and Jeremy Zerfoss for their BSFA award wins. And personally, I’ve a few thankyous to make. Cheers to everyone that came along to […]

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Plans for Easter?

Hey, it’s almost Easter. And that means Eastercon where, for all but one of the last twenty years(!), I’ve travelled to a hotel somewhere in the UK and talked writing and science fiction with a bunch of great people. This year I don’t have far to travel because the event returns to Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza hotel […]

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Ten fragments

Been trying to piece together my memories of WFC into something coherent that I can remember, but it’s impossible. Too many fragments. So, I’m tossing them down here anyway. A jumble of pieces, most of them good. Make of them what you will. Lynda Rucker’s wonderful story, Ashmouth, read in its native Georgia accent. My […]

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WFC: the shopping experience

The dealer’s room at this year’s WFC was one of the best I’ve seen in years. A VAST room, filled with books. The range of wares on offer from the pro and indy publishers, from the secondhand paperback sellers and the high-end collectibles dealers, was awesome. And for someone like me who for reasons of […]

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Ten minutes

Writing this at Gatwick Airport with ten minutes of free wifi left, which is apt because ten minutes was, I reckon, the average amount of time I manage to spend in conversation with any one person on any one (of a million) important, personal, silly subjects at WFC in Brighton. Some conventions are relaxed affairs. […]

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Ready to launch

There’s two and a bit weeks to go before this year’s World Fantasy Convention down in lovely Brighton. I’m not doing terribly much at it, so you’ll mostly find me in the bar, but what will be happening at the con is the launch of a couple of anthologies which I’ve mentioned before here on account of […]

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Monthly : March

Reading long Dark Eden by Chris Beckett (Corvus) In SF they tell you that one of the great cliches is the Adam-and-Eve-on-a-new-planet story. You just don’t do it. Ever. Chris Beckett has, however, done exactly that, and Dark Eden is a simple, beautiful triumph of a book. His Adam and Eve are several generations dead, and […]

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