Real Life Technology Inspired by Sci-Fi

by Meera Nair

Media representations are meant to reflect life and, sometimes, life itself lends meaning from the various narratives that propel these stories. Even the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres have underlying themes, drawn from real life. So it is only natural if we made our way to some of the technology that we have seen in Science Fiction works. Even though some of these aren’t currently accessible to everyone for various reasons, here are some machines or gadgets right out of a science fiction story: Continue reading


Scribe Awards Nominees


by Pete Richmond

A slightly lesser known award, The Scribe awards recognise the world of “media tie-in” writing. While this field suffers from a lack of the prestige that the pure Science Fiction and Fantasy fields enjoy there is some excellent work in the area and the Scribe awards work to highlight this fact.

If you believe, and you won’t be alone, that most tie-ins are a cynical cash-in on a movie (or game’s) success then I honestly wouldn’t argue with you. However, despite this fact, there are some wonderful writers working in the field and I’d urge you to take the time to read some of the below works. Continue reading

Genre Focus – Slipstream

by Caleb Sica

While browsing the depths of the genres science fiction and fantasy I came across a particular inhabitant that was quite intriguing—Slipstream. An unorthodox category, Slipstream’s embodiment of its identity derives from the virtue of its vagueness. Made recently popular to those previously unaware by a Wall Street Journal Article, (which I cannot read due to my lack of a subscription) Slipstream was first coined by the science fiction author Bruce Sterling in his 1989 publication in the Science Fiction Eye. Heavily critical of the detrimental direction his practiced genre was taking, he shamed the vastness of it, saying that “SF has become a self-perpetuating commercial power-structure, which happens to be in possession of a traditional national territory: a portion of bookstore rackspace.” Continue reading

Review – The Infernal Aether – Peter Oxley

by Meera Nair

Oxley, Peter - The Infernal AetherWhen an act of bravado lands Augustus and Maxwell Potts into a war between two realms, they hadn’t realized how fast their normal lives would spiral out of reach. They begin to be hounded by monstrosities from Hell.  Add to that Andras, a seemingly invincible evil incarnate, who is bent on making puppets out of Gus and Maxwell. Excited by the weak nature of humanity, Andras decides to make Earth the new Hell, by opening a portal into the Aether (i.e. the spirit realm). Together with N’yotsu and Kate, the brothers embark on a long journey that takes them all around London and the British countryside, in an attempt to defeat Andras and his posse.  Continue reading

David Gemmell’s Full Collection Coming to Audio

by Pete Richmond

Gollancz have just announced that the world audio rights for David Gemmell’s complete works have been acquired, jointly, by Orion Audio and Hachette Audio.

Gemmell is an outstanding figure in British Fantasy, his first work, Legend, being published back in 1984. He continued to enjoy success with his Drenai series, of which Legend is the first installment, up until 2004 with his final release of the series.  Continue reading

Parsec Nominations Closed

by Pete Richmond

The Parsec Awards have now closed their nomination process and have invited the nominated parties to submit samples of their work for review by the committee.

With over 400 nominees, we don’t envy the committee the workload!

You can see the full list of nominees, along with the details of whether their sample has been received, on the Parsec Site here.

Have a look to see who has been nominated, and if your favourite podcast hasn’t submitted yet, be the dedicated fan and chase them up!

We wish the best of luck to all of this year’s Nominees!