Category: Diversity in SFF

A not so pocket guide to Nine Worlds.(In two parts.)

It’s nearly August. That means it’s nearly Nine Worlds – geekery greatness over a whole weekend. Year three of this pangalatic mash of fabulous creativity and fandom and the peeps are already excited. The grand announcements have begun, who’s who on what panel along with the plans for evening frivolity and excitement of the partying…


Platforms and Puppies

As a reader I was oblivious to the Hugo Awards, right up until I subscribed to The Interzone. Then the award became a ‘thing’ – something that SFF writers aimed for or respected. The more I lived in the writing world the more aware I became of the power and respect behind this award, an…


Happy UKYA Day

Today is #UKYA Day. If you don’t yet know what UKYA is, read this or believe me when I say UK young adult books are a good thing! I don’t want to know what you’re reading, nope. I’m not going to give you a list of stuff I love. I have a bigger challenge for you….


Strong Female Characters (or, why no one likes Sansa Stark).

I come from a town where the woman of the house didn’t take well to back chat, but gossip was expected – how else do you learn about what transpired the night before? A housewife was left to deal with the day to day while men were away at sea – after he had spent…


The Big Wide World

Nine Worlds happened this weekend, a convention for fans of anything ‘geek’. Games, comics, films, books and T.V. shows were all covered, spanning all age groups and geeky genres. Interesting and apropos academic panels merged well with the more traditional fan-based content. Panels and workshops covered making, creating, discussing, laughing, exploring and of course debating….