QUOTE Free Music! UNQUOTE

Okay, not quite. Quote Unquote records (home of Bomb the Music Industry!, We versus the Shark, Pegasuses X-L, the Riot Before and more) describes itself as “the world’s first donation-based record label”. True or not, it’s punk as fuck and I like it a lot. Kudos to all the artists featured, and especially to BtMI! […]

PHP Request

Would any of my techier readers be interested in taking a peek at NFI’s WordPress design template? I’m wondering if it would be possible to break my blogroll down into several subcategories that would display in the same way, and unfortunately my ignorant tinkering hasn’t produced the results…

A (probably daft) late-night theory about writing

I’ve just finished the first draft of a story for my BSFA Orbiter writing group (at the moment it’s called Underground Railroad, and is a story full of hope, warm feelings and Care Bears). Although I could just be talking nonsense through the afterglow of finishing a story of some length (about 4,800 words, which […]

Orbital 2008 round-up #2

I never did get round to a second from-Eastercon piece, which is a shame, though with my laptop’s comedy battery perhaps not such a surprise. Still, here I am back at home with a sort of follow-up piece. This is less of a summary of my own experiences – which were many and diverse and […]

Orbital 2008 round-up #1

Just a quick post while I drink my tea – Charles Stross is doing his Guest of Honour piece at the moment and I don’t doubt it’s highly entertaining – with a few highlights of the Con so far. Our mid-afternoon workshop on Saturday was reasonably well-attended. The audience outnumbered the panel, which was no […]

R.I.P. Arthur C. Clarke

News reached me this morning that SF giant Arthur C. Clarke passed away yesterday. His significance to the field need not be stated here, and there are plenty of obituaries elsewhere. R.I.P, Arthur. The Deep Range and 2001 were my personal favourites from Clarke’s oeuvre: how about you?

As Friends Rust to reform for European shows

Via PunkNews comes an announcement that makes me outrageously happy: veteran Gainesville, FL punkers As Friends Rust are to reform to play a clutch of European shows, including at least one in the UK. Full details are yet to come but the following appeared on their MySpace page: “Europe is on in August. We’re coming […]

Draft Eastercon programme

The first draft schedule for Orbital 2008 is live. It’s not long now! Hopefully I’ll feel less uncomfortable this time around – which last year was an inevitable consequence of Contemplation 2007 being my first con experience. Still, as I’ve been reminded a few times since, Contemplation was an undersized example as Eastercon goes, what […]

Shiftless When Idle

There’ll be no Friday Flash from me this week. It’s been a… complicated, and busy, seven days. This evening I also have a work shindig, overshadowed by a very recent tragedy, so I won’t have an opportunity to squeeze in a late piece. Apologies, all.

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 […]