FantastiCon – a personal journey

Five minutes in and I’ve already copped off with a Dalek.   Doing space – badly:   I remember I’m scared of the TARDIS and think about phoning Mummy. Fearing mockery I do nothing. Stasis.   With Nigel Farage   The Millennium Falcon’s first pilot was this lady:   Caesar makes a good point   […]

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 […]

Review of ‘Blood Red Dust’ by Stuart Aken

The first of Stuart Aken’s ‘Generation Mars’ books takes three major contemporary social drivers – capitalism, religious fundamentalism and liberalism – and transplants them to Mars following economic and environmental collapse on Earth. The story takes the innovative form of a study based on recordings made by representatives of all three drivers with the most […]