The Rest of the Mailing

Really, never mind Vector, how ’bout the rest of that mailing?

It’s turned out to be a fiction-heavy mailing, but that’s no bad thing (and don’t worry, non-fiction fans, there are counterbalancing projects in the pipeline for later this year). We have:

  • Focus fiction special — presenting the winner and final shortlist of the BSFA’s 50th anniversary short story competition: “Nestbuster” by Roderick Gladwish, plus stories by Nina Allan, James Bloomer, Nigel Envarli Crowe, Gary Spencer, and Andy West
  • Postscripts sampler issue — a special issue of the magazine for BSFA members, featuring stories by Stephen Baxter, Joe Hill, Lisa Tuttle, Gene Wolfe, Paul McAuley and others.
  • BSFA Awards Short Fiction Shortlist — for the first time, we’ve been able to make all the nominees for this year’s BSFA short fiction award available to members. Many thanks to the authors and venues involved for making this possible; and to members, you’ve got just over a week to read them. Final ballots are due, by post, or by email to awards at, by Monday April 6th

Given the latter of these, I’m going to postpone my planned Hugo short fiction reading for a week, and instead read the four BSFA nominees, then make discussion posts here. For those who’d like to play along at home, the schedule I’m going to follow is:

(EDIT: In the comments, Tony reminds me that anyone going to Eastercon will be able to vote there, until late Saturday afternoon; it’s only people who aren’t going, like me, who have to vote by April 6th.

And on an unrelated note, I meant to mention the details of this year’s BSFA AGM, as announced on the cover sheet of this mailing — Saturday 27th June 2009, at 12pm, in Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London.)

Goodbye, Sir Arthur

Something for the weekend: the latest issue of Vector is out, complete with fine cover by Pete Young:

I know this because the mailing arrived here today, so hopefully everyone else will have their copy soon as well. As usual, email if it doesn’t show.

The contents:

Torque Control — editorial
Letters — from Martin Lewis and Tom Hunter
Memories of Sir Arthur C Clarke — by Stephen Baxter, Pat Cadigan, Angie Edwards, Gwyneth Jones, Alastair Reynolds, Geoff Ryman, and others.
Sir Arthur C Clarke remembered — discussion by Graham Sleight, Edward James, Ian McDonald, Martin McGrath and Paul Heskett
Influence and Intersection — Roz Kaveney interviewed by Graham Sleight
The Destruction of Benton Fraser: Season One of Due South — by Sarah Monette
First Impressions — book reviews edited by Kari Sperring
Transmission, Interrupted — a TV column by Saxon Bullock
Foundation Favourites — by Andy Sawyer
Resonances — by Stephen Baxter
The New X — by Graham Sleight

Of course, this mailing also contains a new issue of Focus, featuring articles by Christopher Priest, Jetse de Vries and Paul Raven, plus news of the future of the James White Award; plus the second BSFA Special Editions booklet, which contains extracts from Farah Mendlesohn’s Rhetorics of Fantasy and Paul Kincaid’s What It Is We Do When We Read Science Fiction.

And if all that‘s not enough, there’s a new, Steampunk-themed issue of Matrix, featuring an interview with Bruce Sterling, Martin McGrath on steampunk cinema, a guest editorial by George Mann, and much more.

For anyone who was reminded by the new issue to check this blog, here’s some recent (ish) content you may be interested in: