Eastercon 2016 Recommended Reading

We just got back from Eastercon in Manchester (Mancunicon), and it was awesome. It felt like there was more diverse and interesting (to me) programming than last year, and I took part in my first panels, which was balling. A huge thanks to the committee and the panellists and audiences for fascinating, respectful and educational discussions. I feel at least 18%…

Getting Shit Done

My fascination with doing all the things is matched only by my fear of them, which means that I have approximately four hundred and sixty eight projects I’m giving the side eye to, and none of them are quite done. They only person I know with a shorter attention span is my three year old nephew, but even he can sustain…

I Heart Short Stories

Aw, yeah, you guys! I’m now co-host of a podcast. It’s called Storyological. Me and the lovely Chris K wanted to read more short stories, and missed talking about stories in the detailed, enthusiastic way we used to at Clarion, or for Chris during his MFA. The solution to this, obviously, was to turn it into a project and a…

Where and When to Vote for SFF Awards

We are already full on into awards nomination and voting season. If you’re not sure when or how to nominate, here’s a quick round up. Also, a plea! If you’re eligible to nominate or vote, do so! The awards are about voting for things you loved, you don’t have to have read everything to love one thing. British Science Fiction Association…

How Fast?

Sometimes you really need to see it to believe how fast something is. I knew Star Wars: The Force Awakens was big, and I knew it got big fast. This dataviz I put together in Illustrator and After Effects shows just how fast. In my other life, as GracefulRobot, I make data visualisations. Sometimes I make them just for my…

Emotionally Perfect

Sometimes, high altitude, excitement for holidays and friends, and the perfect story, all combine in one cataclysmic moment that completely undoes me. On the flight from London to Nashville I caught up with a film I’d been meaning to see — Pitch Perfect. In a moment early on, the main character, Becca auditions for an acapella group. We’ve just had a…

272 Hauntings

Sometimes a story gets to you. It lifts up your corneas, crawls into your optic nerve, and inserts itself into the way you see the world. That’s what Carmen Maria Machado’s Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law and Order SVU did to me. It’s a powerful story, strange and real at the same time. Difficult to describe, but impossible to…