Monthly Archives: January 2014

Dr Isis gets outed. I get hits. Life goes on.

And so it came to pass that one Henry Gee, a Senior Editor of Nature, distinguished biologist and author of science fact AND fiction, recently outed one Dr Isis as being a Melissa L Bates via Twitter.  He actually also … Continue reading

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Baby Steps in a Spacesuit 3: In Praise of the Short Form

I think the best possible way to inculcate someone into the deep and profound mysteries that are science fiction, is to shower them with short story anthologies. I am deeply biased, of course, because I have both had it done … Continue reading

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SF stories in 200 characters or fewer

My favourite source of very-short SF stories – the back page of Nature magazine (aka “Futures”) – is holding a competition.  This involves writing “…a sci-fi tale that is just 200 characters long (including spaces and punctuation). The microFutures story … Continue reading

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To the Father Who Thinks My Daughter is a Bad Influence

…on his son, and doesn’t want him associating with her. Really?? My daughter is a bad influence on the boy I first met when he was so spaced at a trance festival, that his pants were round his knees, and … Continue reading

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Baby Steps in a Spacesuit 2: SF on TV

So, SF on TV: what was it that we had, back in the 60s, out there on the edge of civilization, that stirred a young person’s blood? And to get this into perspective, please realise that I’m speaking of Zambia, … Continue reading

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