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The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Nnedi OkoraforI would like to draw your attention to this rather entertaining little interview with African-American author Nnedi Okorafor; this is part of an ongoing series titled "The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe" (a play on Douglas Adams, I would very much suspect) on  


"Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

 Today we’re joined by Nnedi Okorafor, whose novels includeWho Fears Death (winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel), Akata Witch (an Best Book of the Year), Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), and The Shadow Speaker (winner of the CBS Parallax Award)."

 Read the full story here, on


BibliobimboBookbaitTart of the TomesI wanted to draw your attention to the BiblioPulp collection over at the Heldfond Book Gallery


These altered book covers made me smile - they are available as posters, as greeting cards, and quite likely in other formats, too.


Some particularly lurid examples are on the right, but the scope is actually larger than that. Well done!


The Sorowful Putto of PragueI would like to draw your attention to The Sorrowful Putto of Prague - a rather gorgeous online comic by James Stafford.

The stories follow Xavier of the House of the Sorrowful Snows, a Baroque putto who has apparently come down from his perch (wherever it was) and is milling about modern day Prague giving more wholesome angels a bad name.

It's frequently funny, it's sometimes through-provoking, and it's always entertaining. And it has got its own soundtrack, including pieces by Roger O'Donnell of The Cure.

Links:  Main Page  -  Comic  Music



EightSquaredConOver Easter I will be enjoying myself at EightSquaredCon in Bradford.

EightSquaredCon is this years' instalment of the annual Eastercon, as the National SF Convention is colloquially known due to the weekend when it takes place.

If you enjoy Science Fiction and its associated genres (and would be reading this if you didn't?), and don't have plans for Easter then I'd recommend that you consider joining the Convention to meet up with like-minded people and meet some of the perpetrators of said genres (I would expect most of the current crop of British SF authors, plus a few from outside our borders, to be in attendance); links to the programme and the membership rates are below.

Links: EightSqaredCon - Eastercon - Programme - Membership

Indian SFWorld take note - there is a new magazine, publishing (preferentially) Indian Speculative Fiction (SF and Fantasy). It is published by Geetanjali Dighe, and available for free (for the time being) in pdf, mobi, and epub formats.

The first issue contains stories by Kat Otis, Ken Liu, Ram V, and Lavanya Karthik; plus interviews, book reviews, and digital art - what's not to like!

I'm not done reading yet, but am rather impressed with what I have seen so far; I can already recommend the story by Ken Liu, which tells a rather harrowing tale set in a post-singularity world.

The magazine can be found here - I would suggest you also have a look at the book shop; much of interest but less frequently seen here in Europe is on there!

Daniel Lieske - Wormworld Saga - Chapter 4Daniel Lieske has released the 4th chapter in his wonderful, ongoing digital graphic novel Wormworld Saga

The chapter is called The Shelter of Hope, but if you're new to it then I'd recommend you begin at, er, the beginning, with The Last Day of School.

If you like what you see then you could buy something from Daniel's shop or get the app for the iPad; and I hear that the story is going to be turned into an actual paper book, too. Me, I cannot wait, for both the book as well as Chapter 5!


Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives


Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains


S.P. Somtow – I Wake from a Dream of a Drowned Star City


Sydney Padua - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage


Lavie Tidhar - Central Station


Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me


Somtow Sucharitkul - The Throne of Madness


Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters


Somtow Sucharitul – Starship & Haiku


Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner


Peter Watts – Maelstrom


Doris Lessing - Shikasta


Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow


Peter Watts - Blindsight

Andy Weir - The Martian, Powered by Mambo!; free resources by SiteGround