The passing away of Kevin O’Neil has hit me more than I’d ever have thought it would. His comic art blew my little mind back when I was a kid. Today I was thinking how overlooked his design of Blitzspear (the living spacecraft of Nemesis The Warlock) is. It never makes any top ten of […]Read more "Kevin O’Neil and Blitzspear"
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)"
I had the rather swell privilege of getting to read Oliver K. Langmead’s ‘Glitterati’ before it comes out and I really recommend you look out for it. It’s a satire about a caste of super fashionable people in a dystopian future they benefit from but don’t even understand. It’s really imaginative and funny and- surprisingly- […]Read more "Glitterati"
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)"
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"
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"
I’ve recently started a science fiction and fantasy group on Facebook and new members are always most welcome! Fantasy & Sci-Fi Salon is a place to relax and talk about genre (mainly literature but also cinema, games etc) and catch up on the latest news and gossip. Polite passion is our aesthetic and witty repartee […]Read more "Fantasy & Sci-Fi Salon"
Our Podcast returns for the new year as we look toward the next twelve months and beyond to everything Sci-Fi and fantasy. Please find the link below and wormhole yer ass to the future!!! Writing the 21st Century Myth: https://damiengwalter.com/advanced-scifi-and-fantasy/ Recent stories – Dancing Robots – Movements in SFF – John M Ford – Oxford […]Read more "The Week in SciFi 006 | 2021 And Beyond!!!"