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10 women who changed Science Fiction

It’s no secret that I am an avid Science Fiction reader, or that I really admire Margaret Atwood.  But she’s not by any means the only important woman writing in the field – SF is as much for, and by,

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Quiz Time: How ‘replicant’ are you?

Replicant, I hear you ask?  How about replacing that word with ANDROID, or ROBOT (a word, incidentally, that is less than 100 years old and comes from another word meaning ‘slave’)? But the word ‘replicant’ can only really refer to

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FREE AUDIO: The Midwich Cuckoos

John Wyndham’s classic 1957 take on alien invasion is available for free for three weeks via this link.  The novel is dramatised in three 30-minute episodes. So what’s the fuss about?  Why should you listen to it?

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Literary Anniversaries: 31 October

Today, in 1795, the Romantic poet John Keats was born.  I seem to be writing a LOT about writers who died young at the moment.  We regularly talk about early deaths being ‘tragic’, but I think that in the case

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FREE AUDIO: William Gibson’s ‘Burning Chrome’

William Gibson‘s got a lot to answer for … He is one of the fathers of the ‘Cyberpunk’ sub-genre of Science Fiction, and essentially invented the Matrix (and cyberspace) as we know it …

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Literary Anniversaries: 04 October

A birthday girl AND a birthday boy today.  On the one hand, we have a special birthday, and on the other hand we have an even more special author: decisions, decisions … The special occasion is for Anne Rice, who

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FREE Audio: Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

Regular readers will know that I spend much of my reading life time-travelling between the 16th and 26th Centuries … Renaissance Literature (OK, Shakespeare) and Science Fiction are my refuges, safe havens, the places I like to go when I want

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Literary Anniversaries: 21 September

One blog post was never going to be enough to write about today’s two birthday boys – not least that one of them is celebrating his 150th birthday  in 2016! ‘Remember that hope is a good thing, maybe the best

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Literary Anniversaries: 12 September

It’s probably a sign that a book is a good one if it is made into a film not twice but three times in the space of 50 years.  This happened to Solaris (1961), the best-known work of Stanislaw Lem,

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FREE AUDIO: ‘We’, by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Calling all lovers of The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, etc. etc.  Anyone who likes dystopian literature, or the struggles of the one against the many, against the State.  Here I go again, getting HIGHLY excited about a radio dramatisation that

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