Judging the Clarke Award

PART ONE: THE PROCESS I’ve been a fan of the Clarke Award for a long time, having enjoyed both the winning books and those on the shortlists. Not all my favourite books for that year end up shortlisted, but it’s never less than interesting. I’d harboured secret ambitions to be a judge ‘when I was […]

Super-Relaxed Fantasy Club, August 2018

SRFC has enjoyed a roving existence. The first one I went to was at a hotel near Kings Cross; the next location was Waterstones in Tottenham Court Road, then the basement of Hachette’s HQ near Blackfriars, then the roof of Hachette’s HQ near Blackfriars and most recently the HQ of Forbidden Planet – also near […]

BSFA: Remembering Brian Aldiss

As well as being one of the great science fiction writers, Brian Aldiss was also the first ever member of the British Science Fiction Association. Following Brian’s death last year there was a special event last night at the monthly BSFA meeting in London, which included readings of his work and recollections of the man […]