Category Archives: Philosophy

Billion Year Spree – further thoughts


Just finished The Neried. About myths, legends and homelessness; set in Blackpool. Just started Core. Set in the core of the Milky Way, in the Galactic Bar. Explores aliens —lots of aliens —sexuality and that kind of thing. ETA: unknown … Continue reading

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Kulturá at Kavá 2


[* edited 06/08/2016] To blog or not to blog. I shuck off thoughts of Grant Morrison’s Invisibles (Vertigo Comics) and retellings of The Fisher King. Once more I am at Kulturá at the Kavá in Todmorden. In another life, things … Continue reading

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My Fantasy Influences


I sometimes reflect on the circumstances surrounding Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds. It was the premier British SF periodical and at the time had a reach that, though it didn’t rival that of the American offerings, was substantial. Under his stewardship, a significant … Continue reading

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Writing Theory: Aristotle and Plato’s Contribution


In a few days’ time I get to do a bit of a talk; that is, in the absence of group members (holidays) and given the no show of Bury Borough Council plus writing course, I elected to provide a … Continue reading

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Meeting of the British Science Fiction & British Fantasy Associations York Pubmeet 9th May


York Pubmeet 9th May 2015: British Science Fiction Association, British Fantasy Association the Elmbank Hotel, York Midnight 09/05/15 (last Saturday) I was woken by my eldest son texting a reply to my earlier message – – he said – – I … Continue reading

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Notes to World Building and Cosmogonies


I’m gonna talk about two things here: Cosmogony and World Creation Cosmogony Any theory concerning the coming into existence (or origin) of either the cosmos (or universe), or the so-called reality of sentient beings. World Creation Essentially a process of defining a sandbox … Continue reading

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On Poetry


The first principle. If you wait it will fade. Explore the impulse. This assumes you have both inclination and wherewithal. The second principle Know something of it Then, bin all you know You won’t get there on rules gone stale … Continue reading

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Eckhart von Hochheim


685 years ago today… On 27 March 1329, Pope John XXII issued a bull (in agro dominico) concerning the works of Eckhart von Hochheim – a German theologian, philosopher and mystic. By the time this bull was issued, Eckhart was … Continue reading

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Philip K Dick, again


This morning, I was certain that chrome on my PC had been infected by a virus; after a bit of digging, I realised that Google had done their usual: we’ve decided to change the interface and we’re sure you’ll like it but … Continue reading

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Philosophy in Science Fiction


Do you have anything to say? I was always struck by the pithy aphorisms that littered the works of writers such as Zelazny and Heinlein. In a few words they could show what made the protagonist tick, or even the … Continue reading

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