F3: This Urban Aesthetic

I may be running out of small conversational gambits with which to open my F3 posts. I suppose I could just launch straight into the story, but then I’d have to think of a new place to put the More tag. Hmm, this is a tricky one and no mistake. Fortunately I’ve gotten four sentences […]

Obligatory BSFA Awards Post

The 2007 BSFA Award shortlist has been announced: Best Novel Alice in Sunderland – Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape) Black Man – Richard Morgan (Gollancz) Brasyl – Ian McDonald (Gollancz) The Execution Channel – Ken MacLeod (Orbit) The Prefect – Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz) The Yiddish Policemen’s Union – Michael Chabon (Fourth Estate) Best Short Fiction ‘Lighting […]

Book Review: Walthamstow Central (Ellis Sharp)

In ‘Walthamstow Central’, author Ellis Sharp pushes the boundaries of what readers have come to expect from literature. Part other-worldly police procedural, part science fiction thriller, part political diatribe, with these components alone the novel would be fascinating. But more interesting is the engagement with the artifice of the text. The lines between author and […]

“If at first you don’t succeed, you fail. And the test will be terminated.”

Chances are that by now, if you’re a PC gamer, you’ll have played Valve Software’s innovative and endearing Portal. If you’ve completed it, as you should have, you’ll have also heard Jonathan Coulton’s fantastic song – written from the deranged perspective of GLaDOS – ‘Still Alive’. A quite different piece of Portal-based music is this […]

We Like the Shiny

I was waiting to post about this until this page was updated, but it’s been a week now. So feh. I am lacking an adjective for exactly how proud I am that my flash fiction story, ‘Grey Matter’, has been nominated for a BSFA Award. It’s one of a dozen short fiction nominations Martin McGrath […]

ShortFic Review: Hub issues 35-38

Back in August ’07 I reviewed some of Hub magazine‘s earlier electronic issues – about a baker’s dozen on from the switch away from its dead tree origins. You can read my thoughts here if you so wish. Thanks to The Fix, I’m now returning to “Europe’s most popular free electronic fiction magazine” to see […]

F3: Human Interest Story

I have a great idea for something a small group of SF writers could do. Basically, every week, on a Sunday, we post one piece of flash fict– yeah, so you see where I’m going with that. Unfortunately I missed Friday’s deadline due to the dayjob keeping me busy during the day and leaving me […]

F3: Wait For It

Not: yet. Day: long. Author: tired. Coming: tomorrow.

Goodbye yetanotherbookreview.com

Ralph Briggs, editor and maintainer of Yet Another Book Review, has announced that the site will be winding down and closing in the near future. His reasons for this are his own and if he wishes to announce them publicly, I’m sure that he will. The site has yet to announce its impending closure, perhaps […]

Stupid Gamers

PC gaming blog Rock, Paper, Shotgun recently posted about a reviewer coming clean and admitting that his review of Mass Effect was tainted by his own faults playing the game. He’d forgotten to level up. RPS saw a chance to discuss some of their own gaming cock-ups, and invited readers to share as well. Many […]