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Edinburgh Science Fiction Book Group – 10 Year Anniversary

Edinburgh Science Fiction Book Group – 10 Year Anniversary

Tweet The Edinburgh Science Fiction Book Group first met 10 years ago this month. Started by Joe Gordon (who now writes the blog for Forbidden Planet but at the time was a bookseller at Waterstone’s), the group’s remit is this: We take it in turns to select books to discuss, with regulars getting a month each to pick out a book. The criteria is pretty flexible – we take in traditional SF, modern and classic, horror, fantasy, [...]
My Top 5 Spotify Concept Playlists

My Top 5 Spotify Concept Playlists

Tweet Among the many album-based playlists I make, I’ve also created several “concept” playlists which all have a bit of back-story, inclusion dilemma, structuring precisions and multiple viewpoints. So here’s a list of 5 Concept Spotify Playlists that I’m especially pleased with. They’re not my most subscribed (this Drive soundtrack playlist has nearly 4,000 subscribers!) but these five I consider [...]
My Favorites of 2011

My Favorites of 2011

Tweet Here’s an end-of-year list of my favorite movies, TV shows, books and games from 2011. I’ve added links to Spotify where soundtracks are available. Happy New Year!   My Favorite Movies of 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Attack the Blocks Source Code Drive Midnight In Paris Hanna The Adjustment Bureau Limitless X-Men: First Class Trollhunter   My Favorite TV Shows of 2011 Game of Thrones Breaking Bad Justified Spartacus: [...]
Audio Books and Fiction on Spotify

Audio Books and Fiction on Spotify

Tweet Spotify is more than just about music. We’ve already covered some of the stand-up comedy (here and here) and excellent Blake’s 7 audio dramas, but did you know that there’s also a whole feast of classic audiobooks, audio drama and plays on Spotify too?   Audio Books on Spotify While there aren’t any modern audiobooks on Spotify yet (Amazon’s audible.co.uk has seen to that), there are still quite a [...]
His Majesty’s Starship Derbyshire: A Science-Fiction Story with Spotify Soundtrack

His Majesty’s Starship Derbyshire: A Science-Fiction Story with Spotify Soundtrack

Tweet Towards the end of 1980, His Majesty’s Starship Derbyshire, the pride of the British Space Agency fleet, blasted off into Outer Space on a mission of imperial urgency. The Derbyshire was crewed by six of Britain’s finest astronauts, hastily trained to prepare for a task of extraordinary circumstance. Jodrell Bank had detected an alien spacecraft briefly entering the inner solar system before retreating to an orbit around [...]
New Book featuring the Pansentient League!

New Book featuring the Pansentient League!

Tweet Rob Grillo (author of “Anoraknophobia“) has just released his new book Is That The 12″ Mix? which you can now buy here. With an exclusive introduction by Martyn Ware (Heaven 17), the book narrates the history of the twelve inch mix and of the remix evolution in the early and mid-80s. The book also includes a chapter on obsessive fans of 80s music. That’s where I come in Before this blog, I ran a website [...]
The Parralox Persuasion

The Parralox Persuasion

Tweet “The Parralox Persuasion” by Jer White. A short story to celebrate the release of Metropolis, the third album from Parralox. (with apologies to Iain M. Banks)
My Top 10 Favourite Podcasts

My Top 10 Favourite Podcasts

Tweet I have my HTC Desire wired up to listen to in the car when I’m commuting to and from work each day. I’m often not in the mood for music until later on in the day, so to keep me entertained I subscribed to a selection of podcasts (a podcast is a kind of radio show you can subscribe and listen to whenever you want). I was initially overwhelmed at the sheer volume, variety, and quality of podcasts out there: most bad, some [...]
The Politics of UK Science Fiction Writers

The Politics of UK Science Fiction Writers

Tweet In this week of the UK general election, several science fiction writers have declared their voting intentions for their prefered political party. English SF writer Neal Asher recently said “I judge books, not a writer’s politics. There’s a lot of books out there by some real hard lefty types, and a lot of those books I really love.” I agree that it’s the book not the writer’s beliefs that matter, [...]
Is That The Twelve Inch Mix?

Is That The Twelve Inch Mix?

Tweet Is That The Twelve Inch Mix? is a forthcoming book about the history of remix culture from author Rob Grillo (Anoraknophobia). With an exclusive introduction by Martyn Ware (Heaven 17), the book narrates the history of the twelve inch mix and of the remix evolution in the early and mid-80s. The book also includes a chapter on fans of 80s music. Rob had liked what I’d done for the original Pansentient League site and thought it [...]
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