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Damo’s Sci-Fi prophecies for 2013

2012 has been a year of transition for science fiction and fantasy literature. SF’s reputation as home of the Bearded White Male hides a more interesting story. SF is the literature of geeks, and today, geeks run the world. Geek culture isn’t infiltrating the mainstream: it is the mainstream. And geeks come in all ages, genders and backgrounds. This year, the Hugo and Nebula award shortlists demonstrated SF’s growing diversity, even as the decision of the editorial team at Weird Tales magazine to publish racist screed Save the Pearls demonstrated many of its ongoing challenges.

Even in the age of the ebook, word-of-mouth is still what makes a breakout hit, and many of the books to watch in 2013 have been building excitement through 2012. Madeline Ashby’s vN: The First Machine Dynasty is the outstanding hard-SF novel of the year and deserves to feature in many award ballots in 2013. Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce has brought the veteran English novelist and World Fantasy award winner to the attention of a growing audience, as have film adaptations in the pipeline for this and his previous novel, The Silent Land. And G Willow Wilson’s Alif the Unseen stands out as among the most original and challenging books of 2012, and my personal pick for at least one major award in 2013.

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LOROS Fundraiser Reading

I am doing a special reading on Saturday 30th January, and I would like to invite readers of this blog to attend.

LOROS is a Leicestershire hospice offering care for those who are dying. I was really honoured to be asked by local writer Keith Large to read at a fundraiser event for the charity. My mum passed away in a hospice after a long battle with cancer, and the care that was given to her there made every step of that journey more bearable. I will be reading my short story Cthul-You, and anyone attending will also be treated to poetry, theatre and a reading from non-other than Graham Joyce (*cough* World Fantasy and 5 time British Fantasy Award winner *cough*) It’s also in the city Guildhall, a rather ancient venue which is fitting as the night has a spooky theme.. So. Both a good cause and a good night.

‘A Spooky Night at the Guildhall’ LOROS Fundraiser Event, Leicester Guildhall, 6:30pm on Saturday 30th September. Tickets £10 including wine and nibbles.