Thursday, May 08, 2008


Posted by A. at 6:52 PM
So after all the hype, the flames, the bitching and counter-bitching, Interzone 216 finally hits the stands today. The Fix (disclaimer: also owned by TTA Press) is the first out the gate with a run down.

In case you missed it, here's the cover again:

and the TOC...

Introduction by Geoff Ryman

How To Make Paper Airplanes by Lavie Tidhar
Endra — From Memory by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
The Hour Is Getting Late by Billie Aul
Remote Control by R.R. Angell
The Invisibles by Élisabeth Vonarburg
Into The Night by Anil Menon
Talk Is Cheap by Geoff Ryman


Greg Egan: Beyond The Veil Of Reality
interview by Jetse De Vries

Alastair Reynolds: House Of Suns
interview by David Mathew

Plenty of book reviews

Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe

Laser Fodder by Tony Lee

Ansible Link by David Langford

2007 Readers’ Poll: The Results

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Geoff Ryman on the radio - now edited

Posted by goatchurch at 12:44 PM
As we all know, editing is very important. Geoff's interview on the Radio 4 arts program mentioned in this post has been snipped out, converted into an mp3, and couldn't be uploaded onto blogger because it isn't a video! It's just sound.

So I've parked it in some random directory reserved for pdf documents in my work web page on a server I own, because the internet doesn't have enough leeched-in connections of this.

So here it is, Geoff's 5 minute interview about Mundane-SF on the radio. I hope that link still works in 2108.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

5 days and counting...

Posted by A. at 3:04 PM

And the buzz is starting. Besides Geoff's radio interview (see below),
Damien G Walter over at the Guardian blog has a write-up:

OK, I admit it, sci-fi is boring. After endless Star Trek re-runs, innumerable badly scripted Hollywood movies and a thousand video games with pixel-deep narrative, the once wondrous ideas of sci-fi have become yawn-inducing. Fortunately for me, beyond the world of tedious mass media sci-fi, lies the exciting world of literary science fiction or "SF" constantly producing new ideas to satisfy my hunger for wonder. Now a radical sect of SF writers and critics claim that SF needs to abandon all those wondrous ideas, and concentrate instead on the everyday and the mundane. All hail the Mundane Revolution!

Make sure to check out the comments section too. Best line of the week:

You obviously didn't go to Science Fiction finishing school.

To the BBC

Posted by goatchurch at 10:38 AM
On the BBC on Friday

The Mundane Movement in Science Fiction

Should sci-fi writers create plots which feature futuristic space ships flying faster than the speed of light, or should they focus instead on today’s real scientific discoveries and the changing nature of the planet we live on? That's the debate that been sparked off by a new manifesto for Mundane Sci-Fi. Geoff Ryman, one of the founders of the movement, explains his aims to Kirsty Lang.

The May edition of InterZone Magazine is dedicated to Mundane Sci-Fi. It is published on 8 May.

Click here to listen to it quick. You only have another 6 days until it goes off-air.