We need a ‘Support our ‘Zines Day’


Last week I put a call out for suggestions of magazines that as an SF fan I should be reading. My subscriptions have lapsed recently (its been a busy year) so this week I wanted to renew some subscriptions and start a few new ones. I wanted to do this because I get a huge amount of joy from reading and listening to good stories, and want to contribute to keeping the publications I like going. I think a lot of people feel the same. So why don’t more of us subscribe and donate to our favourite publications?

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How to find your digital readership

Dear world,

I am giving two talks for Writing School Leicester on the 26th October and 23rd November on the genuinely exciting topics of Finding Your Digital Readership and The Entrepreneurial Writer. They are part of a series of five talks also titled New Ways With Writing involving Ross Bradshaw, Will Buckingham and Farhana Shaikh. They are one offs, so miss them and weep!

Get more information and book tickets online

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Mieville Nominated for Not the Booker

China Mieville’s The City and the City is one of forty-six titles nominated for the Not the Booker prize organised by the wonderful people at the Guardian. Also on the list are Spirit by Gwyneth Jones, The Quiet War by Paul Mcauley and Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie. You can read the full list compiled by Sam Jordison on the Guardian book blog. I’m quite proud to have nominated The City and the City so it is very nice to see it on the list alongside other excellent spec.fic books. I’ll be casting my vote for Mieville, and highly recommend you do the same.

Not that I’m suggesting you should…

1) Register on the Guardian site.

2) Cast your vote for an excellent spec.fic novel (one person one vote)

3) Systematicaly persuade others to do so via Twitter / Facebook / email or even face to face

…in some kind of organised attempt to vote a spec.fic title the first winner of the Not the Booker. I would never suggest such a thing. Ever.

The myth-making genius of Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has just won this year’s Hugo award for best novel, for The Graveyard Book – and I can’t be the only one who isn’t surprised by the news. I knew Gaiman was more than just a great writer when I read the comic mini-series Death: The High Cost of Living in 1993. I’d already been blown away by The Sandman, but in the spin-off series featuring Dream’s older sister, Death, I found something more.

Read more on the Guardian book blog

Not World Con 1

The programme for Not World Con 1 is starting to take shape thanks to contributions from around the world! The programme is very much still open, so please add your suggestions! Check back regularly for programme updates.

GoH / Reading List

Boneshop by Tim Pratt

Richard Morgan’s Thirteen

Anything by Neil Gaiman

Talks & Panel Discussions

6pm GMT – An Audience with Mary Burroughs

7pm GMT – Reviews that aim for the juggular with Luke Burrage

8pm GMT – SyFy or SighFigh with Matthew Sanborn Smith


Flight of the Conchords evening marathon and sing-a-long hosted by Ferret Steinmetz

Not the Hugo Awards

Nominate your favourite books of the year for a Not the Hugo! Nominations will be listed as part of the prgramme. Winners announced at the Not World Con banquet (tickets still available)

A WorldCon of our own

The World Science Fiction convention is well underway in Montreal by now. Up until a few weeks ago I was sure I would be attending, but when it came down to it I just could not justify it for this year. I’m doubly sad as many Clarion friends are there and I would love to see each and every one of them again, and our Clarion instructor Neil Gaiman is the guest of honour (I still find it hard to parse the reality that I spent six weeks being taught by Neil, Kelly, Jim, Geoff, Nalo and Mary-Ann just a year ago) and really wanted to see him take the Hugo (which I am certain he will).

But I refuse to be sad. Instead this weekend I am having a WorldCon of my own. My own micro-convention, to which I am inviting all my favourite authors (in their paper and print incarnations) and you. If you to are missing the party, then feel free to join me on Twitter @damiengwalter or #notworldcon and we can form our very own virtual con.

A few random links:

I say a bit about the Hugo’s for SF Signal

I argue for Neuromancer as the book that should have won the 1984 Booker prize. Others disagree. (perhaps more on this subject to come)