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Review of fiction or non-fiction

British Fantasy Society: 2nd 2017 York Pubmeet


The New York Club WMC, 11th March 2017 To kick things off

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Cordwainer Smith


Just looking back at Cordwainer Smith’s Instrumentality

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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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Andre Norton – Forerunner Factor


While my PC was down I picked up an unread pb at random: The Forerunner Factor: Andre Norton Baen Books (trade pb) ISBN 978-1-4516-3808-0 purchased 05/05/12 from Waterstones, Deansgate, Manchester. Forerunner Factor was originally published as two books ¹. These … Continue reading

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Legacy Turn Based Strategy Games – Master of Magic


Master of Magic is a turn based strategy game from twenty years ago. You play as a magician seeking to dominate the world of Arcanus and its dark counterpart, Myrror.

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Feedback for my SF & Fantasy Sketches


(updated 07/03/15) For a number of years, I have been concerned at the predictability of writing in SF and Fantasy. Typically, after the first few pages you feel you already know how the story will develop and end. This issue … Continue reading

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My Reflection on Conventional Views of Franz Kafka


In October 2014, the reading group on the Guardian searched for meaning in Kafka. This provoked the following thoughts. Kafka is writing about our living in a world that is too vast and complex for us to understand by any means … Continue reading

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Has You Like It – Report from the Launch


I just thought I’d add my thoughts on how well the event in Haslingden Library, on the evening of 17/02/15, went. For those who were there in spirit, but couldn’t make it, the evening was a delightful mix of well rehearsed delivery … Continue reading

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Poems and Short Stories: Has You Like It


Book Launch A couple of months ago I put the finishing touches to Has You Like It. This is a collection of poetry and short stories by the members of Hasiwriters, a writing group. They meet regularly in Haslingden Library. More … Continue reading

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The Exploration of Space


Rosetta mission: ‘Go’ is given for comet landing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30012854 What will it find? Depends how old the lump of rock (7P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko) is. The earlier the meteorite was formed, the more likely we are to expand our early knowledge of the … Continue reading

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