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Edinburgh Science Fiction Book Group – 10 Year Anniversary

Edinburgh Science Fiction Book Group – 10 Year Anniversary

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, [...]
His Majesty’s Starship Derbyshire: A Science-Fiction Story with Spotify Soundtrack

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

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 90377 [...]
The Parralox Persuasion

The Parralox Persuasion

“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

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 good, [...]
The Politics of UK Science Fiction Writers

The Politics of UK Science Fiction Writers

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, but [...]
Science Fiction TV Soundtracks on Spotify

Science Fiction TV Soundtracks on Spotify

I confess to being a sci-fi geek. I love science fiction in any format: books, movies, comics, television. I have seen every episode of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Farscape, Stargate and Battlestar Galactica to name a few. Each of these genre shows had a terrific theme tune (well, except for Quantum Leap) and fortunately lots of them are on Spotify. There are many karaoke-style covers albums of theme tunes, but Spotify also has a good [...]
Top 5 Recent SF Shows I Gave Up On

Top 5 Recent SF Shows I Gave Up On

Here are five recent SF/Fantasy TV shows that I tried to like but gave up on (perhaps too soon in some cases): Fringe – Admittedly I only watched the pilot, but that was enough for me: all the characters seemed to be stereotypes and the plot’s revelations were ludicrous and full of psych-babble. I was never a fan of The X-Files (for similar reason to Richard Dawkins) and this seemed to be re-treading far too similar territory. Sanctuary [...]
Book Club Book : Survivors

Book Club Book : Survivors

This month’s Edinburgh SF Book Club book is “Survivors” by Terry Nation. I’m not sure whether he wrote this before the 1970’s TV series or whether it’s just a novelisation; either way, I’m looking forward to reading this as his Blake’s 7 is quite probably my favourite TV show of all time. I never watched the original TV show but I did follow the recent remake on BBC HD. I though this had a [...]
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