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Print Festival Scotland 2016 Call for Submissions  – Deadline May 16th Print Festival Scotland will once again be hosting events at venues across the country, celebrating the community, cultu…

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About Brian Aldiss


When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults.

Brian Aldiss

I just can’t Not Love an author quoted to say things like that.

Brian Aldiss is a character, as you can see from the interviews I linked below. He likes to provoke a reaction, and has been known to openly criticise the British literary establishment and its disdain for ‘genre’  – but Aldiss also doesn’t approve of genre-only readers.

…”I [the interviewer] quote to him something he wrote in 1990: “Just as the [literary] establishment is philistine about science, the bulk of the science-fiction readership is philistine about literature.” “Ha!” he cries gleefully, “offends both parties.”…


And he has always known the value of the what-ifs and speculative fiction and how vast and fruitful the scifi genre could be. It’s more than just space ships and flights of fancy, new world with new creatures: more a mirror of what could be, or should be, if norms were challenged, or refused.

…”while it [science fiction] may take place in an alternate or future world, it deals with the present.”…

Brian Aldiss’ website is here, with all the information you can wish for, journals extracts, blog, latest publications and snippets of past and new work.

You can also find a detailed list of his work in the ISFDB, here.

What do you think?

Suggestions for reading*:

The Moment of Eclipse – short stories collection, this one from the 70s, but any of his collections, really.

Hothouse – symbiosis! With fungi!

NonStop – familiar seen by primitive eyes…

*it’s been several years since I read his books, so I will have to have a re-read before I can be more specific🙂

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EARLY FOOTAGE: Mark Twain, 1909

The only existing footage of Mark Twain shot by Thomas Edison in 1909

I’ve been watching this video, this ‘found footage’, over and over in the last few weeks. Mark Twain. I can see him, moving on film. I’ve read his words, read reviews and critiques of his work. I’ve dreamed alongside his characters, I’ve been carried away by his tales.

And on this palette of faded greys, I can see him. He’s just a man, and he is now dead. But his words aren’t. Maybe that is why I love words. They don’t die🙂


…The father of American literature, Mark Twain  was also known by his fondness in science and scientific inquiry. He developed a close and lasting friendship

Source: The only existing footage of Mark Twain shot by Thomas Edison in 1909

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Freight Books to publish debut novel ‘Goblin’

blood on forgotten walls

“Bones, doll parts, a shrew head, a camera.” – Goblin

Morning, creatures! I come bearing good news – Freight will be publishing my debut novel Goblin in 2017. I’m thrilled to be joining Team Freight (I’m pretending it’s like joining SHIELD and I’m hoping for a badge).

IMG_2401[1] Signing the contract at Jenny Brown’s office I wrote the first 20,000 words of Goblin for my Major Project at the end of the Edinburgh Napier Creative Writing MA in 2011, receiving some brilliant guidance from my tutors, Sam Kelly and David Bishop. In 2013, Book Week Scotland offered a pitch event at Looking Glass Books, so I went along (a nervous wreck!) and I pitched to agent Jenny Brown. She loved my idea and I sent her the completed manuscript in January 2015. Jenny signed me in April 2015. I did some editing work on Goblin over the summer (working with the…

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Covers – 1926-1947

From The New York Public Library Digital Collections: Despite the fact that dust jackets often include useful information about a book and its author, including biographical notes and often a portr…

Source: Covers – 1926-1947 | The Passive Voice | A Lawyer’s Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing

What a collection! To me, covers are as important as the content, a tiny living piece of the text bridging the story with the commercial world. A small voice that says: “Here, here, look at me! This is the hand which held the pen that wrote me, the fingers typing on the keyboard, this is why I was written, where, this bit here says who decided I was worthy of being printed, this other bit gives you an idea of what all the words inside are about…!”


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MA Creative Writing: Freight Books to publish major project novel GOBLIN by MA graduate Ever Dundas in 2017

Source: MA Creative Writing: Freight Books to publish major project novel GOBLIN by MA graduate Ever Dundas in 2017


And that’s what I like to see, a happy super-talented friend whose brilliant novel will be published soon🙂 Keep an eye on this one😉


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Cat & Fish Linocut Print

Gorgeous and cheeky work by artist Catherine Cronin. The proof that what appears simple can explode with character and mischief. Love this piece!

Cat Among the Pigeons Press

I printed this cheeky pair recently; not my usual style, what do you think?


(© Catherine Cronin)

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