Burn Your Phone

  Watch Burn Your Phone Nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award   If they are all as good as Andrew Wallace, we are in for a treat. His short play Burn Your Phone was about a telephone operator working a long shift at the Hastings Exchange. We eavesdropped on Andy’s headphones as he handled the […]

Review of ‘Semiosis’ by Sue Burke

Inspired new colony story, in which three species try to find a practical, ethical equilibrium over generations on a beautifully-rendered alien planet called Pax, whose otherness is depicted with clever hints and subtle imagery. Gravity exerts more force, for example, so children are smaller and stronger, while their parents’ flesh droops with age like melted […]

Performing ‘Frame Swingers’ at Virtual Futures

BOUNDLESS BODIES Bodies are often a product of the environment in which they are situated. Likewise, minds are partially shaped by both what they receive from the world around them, and the receptors they use to process reality. There is no guarantee that the Earth will be able to maintain its current ecosystems, or that […]

Review of ‘Blackfish City’ by Sam J Miller

This politically and psychologically insightful epic is set in a gloriously-realised post-ecological/social collapse floating city named after a flooded Inuit town, and has some of the best character introduction/development arcs I’ve read in a while. It actually had me shouting ‘Oh no!’ at a sequence near the end – see if you can guess which […]

Review of ‘Europe at Dawn’ by Dave Hutchinson

Unlike most clever dick SF ‘comedy’, this book is actually funny, because the author understands all too well that humour comes from humanity (clue in the name there) as well as wit. Thus, the painful travails of Alice as she negotiates life in the newly independent Scotland’s Estonian embassy while trying to find a decent […]