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The Parallels Between Singing and Writing by Jacey Bedford

This is all about lessons learned and applied I used to be a folk singer. No–correction–I am a folk singer, I just don’t do it as a full-time job any more, but even though I’ve officially retired from the road … Continue reading

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Less is More – Looking at Jack Vance, by David Gullen

I love Jack Vance’s stories for their wit and imagination, and for his accomplished use of language. I’m not alone, he’s inspired a devoted readership*, significant critical praise, and some writers mimic his distinctive style. Vance can vividly describe worlds, … Continue reading

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Going on holiday by mistake – Follycon18, by Philip A Suggars

So I hadn’t really planned to go to Eastercon, but Donna Bond from Newcon press mentioned that they’d be launching this year’s edition of the Best of British Science Fiction, (henceforth known as “BoB”) at the convention; and I thought: you … Continue reading

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Where I’m at, by Ben Jeapes

Once upon a time there was a young man with the twin ambitions, not incompatible, of making it big in publishing and becoming a successful writer. How did he do? Well, the publishing happened, for a good few years. It … Continue reading

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The Silicon Critic by David Langford

Milford participants often have distinctive personal crotchets when commenting on stories, and John Brunner’s (as I remember from the 1980s) was a particular sensitivity to repetition. Sometimes it seemed that the unintended re-use of a significant word too soon after … Continue reading

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Response to a Flashy Challenge by Jim Anderson

So this past weekend (7 and 8 April), I’ve been taking part in Sci-Fi-London 48 Hour Flash Fiction 2018.  On the Saturday morning, I was given the title for the story I would write (Fully Immersed), along with a line … Continue reading

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A Wild Tomorrow? by Matt Colborn

“If I were to write a new dream of the future it would…still be a dream and picture of the human race in its forest period.”  So wrote the naturalist W.H. Hudson, discussing his far future utopia The Crystal Age … Continue reading

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