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Although I’ve not had a productive year for new fiction, I have enjoyed two notable achievements over the last 12 months: the publication of my collection Strange Attractors and getting a story in the Best of British SF 2023. I was delighted when Strange Attractors was shortlisted for a BSFA award (the award actually went […]

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Shortlisted!

I was delighted to discover that Strange Attractors has made the British Science Fiction Awards shortlist in the ‘Best Collection’ category. I’m in some very find company on the various shortlists – ‘Best Novel’ will be particularly interesting. I also note that The Book of Gaheris has made the shortlist in the ‘Shorter Fiction’ category, […]

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Review: The Book of Gaheris

I like Arthurian stories, provided they don’t take liberties. Of course, my definition of ‘liberties’ is subjective, not least because my interest comes from reading a lot of them in my adolescence, and concluding then that I much preferred Mary Stewart to T H White. No idea if that’s still true of course… This book […]

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Omitted Channels – 3

I finally got my act together to join Threads – I’m @jainefenn there, or you can just click on the shiny new button under my picture on the right. As I write this I’ve only got a handful of followers and have yet to start a new thread – or whatever the jargon is – […]

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Oh look, a new year

Having let this blog languish for a while, 2023 was the year when I went back to posting semi-regularly. This stemmed in part from the realisation, shared with many others, that within the toxic stew that ferments across the internet, a personal website is a space you own, to do with as you want. Hopefully […]

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Gwenevere is out today!

If you fancy some short, engaging and visually rather lovely holiday viewing, Philip Reeve’s short film Gwenevere is out on general release today. Readers may, or may not, remember how I made the costumes for this film.

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ArmadaCon Guest of Honour

I’m pleased to announce that I will be a Guest of Honour at next year’s ArmadaCon, held on the 2nd and 3rd of November at the Future Inns hotel in Plymouth. I’ve attended ArmadaCon before and it’s a casual convention, with a bit of a South West slant (though anyone from anywhere is of course […]

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Book Review: the Fallow Sisters novels

Liz Williams, the author of these books, is a friend but we’re also capable of critiquing/reviewing each other’s work objectively, and have often done so at Milford SF Writer’s Workshop. I first read at early version of the opening chapters of Comet Weather, the first of the four Fallow Sisters novels, at Milford some years […]

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My BristolCon schedule

Although I don’t get to many conventions these days I always enjoy Bristolcon. It’s ‘small but perfectly formed’ and also not too far to travel. I’m on two panels this Saturday: 11am – The Ethics of a Fictional War. Do authors have a responsibility to honour the horrors of war, or is a fictional war […]

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Book Review: The Three-Body Problem

The Three Body Problem by Lui Cixin is some seriously mind-expanding SF. I’m talking here about the original three books, as I’ve yet to read the later but related one(s), so no spoilers please. Talking of which, the below may contain minor spoilers, but hopefully nothing plot-breaking. I did have some issues, mainly with the […]

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