THE SUM OF US: TALES OF THE BONDED AND BOUND, ed. Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law Laksa Media, 2017 eBook, 326pp The Sum of Us, released September 8th, 2017, is an anthology of 23 short stories around the theme of carers and caregiving, edited by Canadian editors Lucas K. Law and Susan Forest. As […]
Since the decanonisation of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, we know next to nothing about how the Empire – and subsequently the First Order – creates its soldiers. So with the release of Episode VII and our introduction to (darling, lovely, adorable) Finn, the question is begged: why does the First Order prefer stormtroopers to clones? […]
This busy month it’s been vital that I keep up with my projects and responsibilities – so of course I’ve largely been daydreaming about books. So what have I been reading in December?
Three days days from now, the UK will go to the polls to elect a government in a general election. In a nation where voter turnout has plummeted since before the turn of the millennium and where celebrity commentators urge young people not to bother voting, I’d sincerely like to fair-mindedly trumpet the view that if you’re […]
I never met Sir Terry Pratchett. He had been a familiar figure at cons and book events for years and was a friend or acquaintance to many in the SFF community. I wasn’t that lucky. But to me, Terry Pratchett will always be a well-worn part of my mental furniture as the author who created […]
As of this year, at least 781 million adults across the world are unable to read or write. While more than half the world’s illiterate population lives in south and west Asia, the worst literacy rates come from sub-Saharan Africa, where in many countries less than half of the adult population is literate. Of the […]
Last week, SFX celebrated its 250th issue with a bumper edition publishing their 250 greatest moments in scifi, fantasy and horror, as voted by readers. Of course, this is the internet, and if there’s something the internet cannot abide, it’s publishing subjective opinion as objective fact, especially when SFX’s subjective opinion is just wrong, dammit. While […]
What do you think of when someone says ‘Britishness’? Cups of tea, perhaps. The infinite varieties of rain. Cricket in the park on a sunny afternoon. Tikka masala. Saturday football. The Church of England. Embarassment. ‘Jerusalem’. London fried chicken. No example of what one might consider a quintessentially British thing will ever speak to everybody’s experience of […]
Recently, Stephen Moffat has been talking about the possibility of a female Doctor again.
When I was small, every week my grandmother would take me with her into town. We would go to the greengrocer’s and the butcher’s, the baker’s for an iced bun and maybe the Post Office. Then we’d go to the library. The library was a magical place. It may have only been a couple of […]