Album Review: Walk.DontWalk – A Horse To Be Reckoned With

Thanks to being grossly behind with my RSS feeds I failed to notice that my review of Brum outfit Walk.DontWalk‘s debut album, A Horse To Be Reckoned With, had gone live over at The Dreaded Press. On April 18th. I think that qualifies as a big fat fail. This seems as opportune a moment as […]

Something pithy about reality outpacing satire

Infamous powerhouse of satire The Onion recently put up a video report about a reality TV show in which autoworkers at two Ford plants compete against one another in a variety of challenges. The prize? Keeping their jobs, pensions and healthcare. Autoworkers Compete to Keep Jobs, Livelihoods on New Reality Show It’s almost too dark […]

Book Review: Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury)

I forgot to mention this at the time, but the most recent issue of Vector featured my review of Ray Bradbury’s reissued classic Something Wicked This Way Comes. Vector is the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association and is only available to members. The main BSFA site is here, Vector’s rarely-updated site is […]

State of the nation address

Okay, okay. I’ve been terrible for the last few weeks. Without even the round-ups this blog’s been looking like a ghost town. Here’s the thing: I’ve been torn two ways between sleeping really badly (insomnia is no fun) and being really busy with the day job. I know no one reading this gives a […]

Back in black

NFI is back online, as should be obvious from reading this. Apologies for the outage, everyone. Apparently something went wrong with my host’s Linux server(s) last Friday, and it was only late last night that they finished restoring the doohickeys and thingymabobs on the whassat. This has also affected my email servers so I’m going […]

F3: Funeral

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a piece of Friday flash fiction. I hope to post another entry later in the day explaining why. For the time being, here is another story that is technically too long to be flash, clocking in at 1,171 words. . FUNERAL

The Crumbling Defence of the Indefensible

A recording of a debate between the Israeli Consul General to the Pacific Northwest, Akiva Tor, and a tenured professor at Cal State Stanislaus / visiting professor at UC Berkeley, As’ad AbuKhalil, who also blogs at the Angry Arab News Service. The quality of the audio is not great, but it will reward your focus […]