A Sunday afternoon flashback from 1979 with Douglas Adams, Harry Harrison, Peter Nicholls and Ian Watson, all interviewed by comb-over BBC titan Cliff Michealmoore. It captures SF at a moment: very male (albeit tempered by fantastic facial hair) and with a crisis as to what SF should be. Harrison is absolutely adamant SF should avoid […]Read more "What Is Science Fiction? (1979)"
The launch of Pennyblade went very well, thanks for asking. Nice turn out and all the wine drunk. Here’s a clip of me reading… Excerpt from the fabulous Pennyblade by @JLWORRAD at it’s @TitanBooks launch @reclamation2022 I’ve left you gagging for more… you are going to have to go buy the book and get your […]Read more "Pennyblade Eastercon Launch"
Come one come all (bearing in mind you’ll have to be in the UK and have a membership for Eastercon ). See you next weekend!Read more "Eastercon Book Launch Party for Pennyblade! Woo-hoo!"
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"
In the first part of this two part series I took a look at my favourite British convention’s, erm… conventions about venue, programme running and the dealer hall accessibility. This time we finish off where all con’s finish off: the bar! The heart of any convention is the bar and–much like a time lord–Mooncon has two: a […]Read more "Mooncon: Britain’s Best Science Fiction convention (Part 2: Bars)"
I’ve been convention-going for–bloody hell!–more than a decade now so I guess I can claim to be something of a, er, well… con-noisseur (sorry). Eastercon, Novacon, Fantasycon: you name it I’ve loitered about in it making a nuisance of myself. All the aforementioned have their individual charms. But by far my favourite is a little-known […]Read more "MOONCON: Britain’s Best Science Fiction Convention"
Hello my beautiful babies! This month the James Worrad juggernaut HITS THE ROAD FOR A TOUR OF THE EMERALD ISLE!!! Well, certainly a few of its hotel lobbies and conference rooms at any rate. Why? Because I’m in Dublin for Worldcon and Belfast for Titancon. Here’s the line-up: WORLDCON: Erm… just hanging out really. Lot’s […]Read more "Worldcon & Titancon: Where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing in Ireland this month…"