A Few Favourites #1

It’s been on my mind for a while to do a sort of things-I’ve-enjoyed-in-the-blogging-world-recently post as a semi-regular thing. The idea (which I know is nothing new) was triggered by the Follow Friday hashtag on Twitter. I love the feeling behind #FF, but also find it frustrating. Twitter often seems to be about numbers rather than content and while I’ve learnt to play the game a little, I still prefer smaller, personal interactions over retweeting and following as part of some sort of counting game. As I struggle with Twitter’s lightning quick topic changes and bitty nature (I always want … Continue reading A Few Favourites #1

Fun for Monday: 3 Bookish Things

Right, let’s get this year’s tag count up, shall we? I found this tag over at Zeezee’s and she got it from Kristin Kraves Books. I’ve mentioned before that Zeezee is my go-to-gal for tags and she has an awesome Long List of Book Tags here that you can view either as a straight list, or organised by theme, which is just perfect. Thank you, Zeezee, for being so very, very fabulous! So without further ado, let’s talk about bookish things. In threes.   3 Read-Once-and-Loved Authors Octavia E Butler. Wow. Maryam the Curious SFF Reader and I recently did a … Continue reading Fun for Monday: 3 Bookish Things

Fun for Monday: The Get to Know the Sci-Fi Reader Tag

Maryam the Curious SFF Reader found this tag over on the booktube channel BooksWithEmilyFox and answered the questions for SciFi Month back in November last year. I wasn’t able to squeeze it in back then, so the All Systems Read mini-event is the perfect excuse to do this now. Because Yay for tags!     What is the first science fiction you read? I read both The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and Eva by Peter Dickinson when I was about eight years old, and then Moonwind by Louise Lawrence when I was about ten. I’m pretty sure they were the … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Get to Know the Sci-Fi Reader Tag

All Systems Read: I have plans!

  Next week, over the bank holiday weekend (2nd to 5th April), I’ll be taking part in the All Systems Read mini event, a readathon of all things sci-fi about which you can find out more from imyril over at There’s Always Room For One More. And I am absolutely in the mood for some science fiction at the moment, although I’m still leaning towards the light and comforting (which is making for less interesting posts, but a happier healthy me at present, so #sorrynotsorry). Here’s what I’m planning to read and post about:   John Scalzi’s Interdependency trilogy has … Continue reading All Systems Read: I have plans!

March is the month for making plans

Resolutions and plans made in January are almost always doomed to fail. It’s still the middle of winter – cold, dark and uninspiring – so I decided a long time ago that my personal New Year was 21st March, coinciding rather neatly with the beginning of Spring and therefore much more conducive to the success of new intentions. As the mornings get lighter again and we start to see green shoots poking up out of the ground and promising little buds forming on branches, I feel a lot more awake, alive and raring to go. So, what would I like … Continue reading March is the month for making plans

2020 Progress Report

It’s an understatement to say that 2020 was a weird year, I know. In my own working world we closed our libraries in March not knowing when we were going to reopen. We were redeployed to the phones, calling the elderly and vulnerable first, then contact tracing later on. Right now I’m working shifts in a testing centre. Each lockdown and reopening has me more and more worried that this may be the slow death of libraries. Reading has, therefore, been a very welcome escape, as it has been for so many of us. And while nearly all of my … Continue reading 2020 Progress Report

Vintage SciFi Artists – A Few More Favourites

  This one’s for Bookstooge – it only took the vaguest suggestion that another book cover post might be welcome and, well, here we are. When I was planning my first post about some of my favourite SF cover artists of bygone years I was frustrated not to be able to find more information about some of them. Two, in particular, John Cayea and Anita Siegel, worked for only a very short period of time as cover artists before moving on to other things and so, with so little info to work with, I didn’t include them in that first … Continue reading Vintage SciFi Artists – A Few More Favourites

Vintage SciFi Artists – A Few Favourites

  Vintage SF cover art is in a league of its own. Looking back at some of the paperback covers from the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies is to see the visual language of science fiction being worked out image by image. There’s an experimental feel to a lot of the artwork produced during this period that totally floats my boat and so today, for your viewing pleasure (possibly) and for my own delectation (definitely) I’m sharing a select few of my favourite artists.   Richard Powers 1921-1996 I first came across Richard Powers’ work only last year when I was … Continue reading Vintage SciFi Artists – A Few Favourites

My Library Book Stack; or Accountability’s a B*tch

I have a lot of library books out on loan. Last year I worked hard to keep my library loans down to a reasonable number, for a reasonable amount of time. I tried to create a new, less compulsive habit. And then … well, and then COVID-19 became a thing, we went into Lockdown #1 and I panic-borrowed all the books because books might make for lumpy security blankets, but they’re great for building tall walls around yourself to defend against reality. And so my bad borrowing habit has returned with a vengeance. About half of the books in this … Continue reading My Library Book Stack; or Accountability’s a B*tch

Fun for Monday: 6 Degrees of SFnal Separation

Another year, another SciFi Month, another Monday … it must be time for another round of six degrees! I was sitting on the fence about doing this tag again this year, but imyril tipped me over the edge by getting SF giant Peter F(rigging) Hamilton to play – I mean, how am I supposed to resist that?! This tag was inspired by Kate over at Books are My Favourite and Best, but had its dial tweaked round to sci-fi by imyril for SciFi Month 2019. It is an addictive, frustrating, ultimately satisfying tag/game that can be played again and again, … Continue reading Fun for Monday: 6 Degrees of SFnal Separation