Why plague sci-fi is crap

I knew there was a reason I’ve never liked plague sci-fi: it’s because it’s always dull and not really sci-fi. Just substitute the plague for any other calamity and it’s just a set of standard disaster tropes. Plague is a tedious antagonist because it don’t make choices based on opportunities afforded by technology, it simply […]

My interview with bestselling fantasy author FD Lee

The Princess & The Orrery is Book Three of FD Lee’s bestselling fantasy series, The Pathways Tree. The books subvert familiar fairytale tropes using clever twists on genre conventions, and have established a loyal following since the first book was published independently in 2015. Since then, FD has got a doctorate in mythological analysis and its […]

Ways to write science fiction

This discussion between science fiction authors Drew Wagar and Stuart Aken at FantastiCon 2017 became a mini-masterclass in speculative writing, while also demonstrating there is no ‘right’ way to create genre narratives.  The two authors appear to have much in common. They both write politically-informed science fiction, although Stuart also writes in other genres and […]