My story Sailors of the Second Sun will be published in the July/August issue of Analog. Get it while it’s hot!
The climate change modelling tool referred to by Jo Haigh at Science for Fiction today can be found here:
The flood modelling tool can be found here:
Other sites mentioned include:
The Pasteur article referred to in Jess Wade’s talk today can be found at:
Yes, I’m very late to be finishing up last year’s book blog – so sue me.
Previously we had:
Night Without Stars, by Peter F Hamilton
October, by China Mieville
Gnomon, by Nick Harkaway
Seven Surrenders, by Ada Palmer
The Furthest Station, by Ben Aaronovitch
Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor
The Labyrinth Index, by Charles Stross
Emergence: Corporation Wars 3, by Ken McLeod
Other Minds, by Peter Godfrey-Smith
Guardians of Paradise, by Jaine Fenn
The Rise and Fall of DODO, by Neil Stephenson and Nicole Galland
The Obelisk Gate, by NK Jemisin
Dark State, by Charles Stross
Rosewater, by Tady Thompson
Places in the Darkness, by Chris Brookmyre
Elysium Fire, by Al Reynolds
Austral, by Paul McAuley
You Don’t Know Me, by Brooke Magnanti
And now for the continuation:
Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff
The horrors of racism outdo the mythos related horrors in 1950s America. Interesting format which is more linked novelettes than anything else, but seems to work well for the story he wants to tell. The mythos side is more sorcerers and magic as technology than anything cthulhoid, but that plays to the themes well.
Sweet Dreams, by Tricia Sullivan
Nice take on the possibilities of dream hacking and dream therapy, which I’m sure is also partly a comment on social media.
The Rig, by Roger Levy
Long novel including a crime lord’s saga and what it did to the galactic civilisation he lived in and helped to change. The disparate timelines aren’t clearly disparate at first which was a bit confusing, but it all came together in the end.
Dogs and War, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Excellent novel of a world where augmented cyber-animals are used as weapons, told from their perspective. Really enjoyed this. Bees is one of the best non-human artificial intelligences I’ve come across.
Iron Gods, by Andrew Bannister
More happenings in the artificial stellar cluster known as the Spin. An interesting mix of space opera and cyberpunk. Looking forward to the third volume.
The Freeze-Frame Revolution, by Peter Watts
A typically bleak far future from the man who does realistically bleak futures so well. When you’re on an endless mission to seed new FTL gates around the galaxy, spending most of your time in cryosleep, what do you do when you want to ferment a mutiny?
I got interviewed for the Time for Cakes and Ale podcast at this year’s UK national SF convention – the Eastercon, this year called Ytterbium. You can hear it here:
though at the moment it does take quite a while to download!
The Imperial College & Science Fiction Foundation workshop for writers to meet and talk to scientists is back once again, and we have rather more advance notice of the dates than we have managed in recent years.
The dates are 3-4 July, starting after lunch on the 3rd and running all day on the 4th. There’s a meeting of the London Fannish Circle (The Tun) that evening and I’ll be leading a trip there after we finish for anybody interested.
The cost will be £30 to cover catering. Some financial support is available via the Science Fiction Foundation if necessary. Overnight accommodation, if you need it, is extra.
Details of subjects to be covered are still being sorted out – and will in part be determined by what the attendees are after – but it will certainly include astronomy, physics and biology, possibly all mixed together.
If you are interested drop me an email at d dot clements at imperial dot ac dot uk. Please include any specific requests for subjects to be covered, and if you have any dietary restrictions that would affect what we order for lunch and tea.
In a complete stroke of luck my writing group was meeting last night, just at the time that InSIGHT was landing on Mars. As we’re all SF writers we took a break from pawing over manuscripts and pouring wine, to watch, and it was quite impressive.
The today I got interviewed about the event. You can find the interview here: