Ursula K Le Guin : stories for the ages

The power of Le Guin’s work will surely guarantee it an audience for centuries to come.

A century from now people will still be reading the fantasy stories of Ursula K Le Guin with joy and wonder. Five centuries from now they might ask if their author ever really existed, or if Le Guin was an identity made from the work of many writers rolled into one. A millennium on and her stories will be so familiar, like myths and fairytales today, that only dedicated scholars will ask who wrote them. Such is the fate of the truly great writers, whose stories far outlive their names.

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Beta Readers wanted for Lost Things

I am working on a fiction project called Lost Things, and am quickly reaching the point where feedback from readers would be useful and constructive. If you have a little time to spare, and would like to see what I’m working on before anyone else, then  email me at damiengwalter@gmail.com and I will get back to you with more information.


An open letter to Ed Miliband on sci-fi and post scarcity


The party conference season is all but over. Our leaders have delivered their vision of our future. We expect reactionary ideas from the Tories, while the Liberal Democrats make policy commitments they can later apologise for having ever committed to. But a leader on the progressive Left needs a vision of progress. And I’m sorry to say yours was sadly lacking.

All due credit to your forebears for the NHS and the welfare state. But Labour has been trading on those shining beacons of progress for more than half a century, and just promising to take it apart at a slightly slower rate than the Tories is hardly a clarion call of leadership. We want to hear how you’re going to move society forward as far today as the Beveridge Report did in 1942. If you’re going to win the next election you need a dynamite vision of progress. You need post-scarcity.

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My Kitschy Predictions 2012

The Kitschies are among my favourite speculative fiction awards for the simple reason that they give awards to very good books. Last year I nailed A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness as the winner. So this year I’m going to take a wild stab at predicting the whole shortlist (!) How will I do?

  • Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
  • Railsea by China Mieville
  • Among Others by Jo Walton (An outlier as one of the judges keeps saying how much they hate it…)
  • The City’s Son by Tom Pollock
  • Channel SK1N by Jeff Noon
If I get 3 right I will be quite happy. 5 and I will start to wonder if there is something up!