I watched In The Earth (2021 Dir. Ben Wheatley)last night, a film entirely written rehearsed and filmed during the lockdown. It’s genre brilliance lies in simultaneously being a folk-horror and a science fiction, so it was right up my street (Some of you more venerable UK Salonites may recall The Stone Tapes and Children Of […]Read more "What I’m Watching: In The Earth (2021)"
Re: last blog post. I’d long suspected the Eddie Jones painting currently on my wall had been commissioned for a magazine or novel cover. Thanks to Steve Cameron and Pete Young’s investigations, turns out it was used a number of times in Germany and Denmark.Read more "‘Moonstar Battle’ Follow-up"
A painting and a question for all you old guard SF peeps out there.Read more "‘Moonstar Battle’, A Painting by Eddie Jones"
You may know I run a little facebook group called Fantasy & Sci-Fi Salon (join today!). As the administrator I get to see backstage and– though the Salon provides a small data set– it may tell us something about the state of current SFF fanship. 1: Gender disparity is fading off with the generations. That […]Read more "A Quick Look at My Facebook Group’s Data (and what it may tell us about fandom)"
Dreamed I was lying in bed with a big spider on my chest. It kept seeing off other spiders that approached and then I realised it saw me as its mate. A Victorian-style headmaster appeared and said something like ‘Worrad, don’t you think it’s time you made an honest arachnid out of her?’ and next […]Read more "The Many Eyes Of Mrs Worrad"
With the coming of a Foundation series on Apple TV a whole new generation is going to Google Isaac Asimov and discover how creepy he was. Asimov made a lot of predictions that have more or less come to pass–robots taking jobs for instance–but what he never foresaw was an early twenty-first century culture intolerant […]Read more "Asimov Got His Ass Pinched"
Layla Update: Here’s a photo of the lil’ madam clearly getting comfortable in her new home. I’m really happy to see her doing so well. Best o’ luck, m’lady!Read more "Layla Update"
It seems odd to me that in this damned year of our Lord 2021 the big dystopian novels of John Brunner haven’t had a renaissance. Whereas the classic dystopias of Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four concern (very generally) socialist nightmare states Brunner focussed on capitalist futures in all their ugliness (Overpopulation, pollution, commercialisation, computer […]Read more "Quick Thought On John Brunner’s Timely Dystopias"