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Recent publications

A few things I’ve had published this year: A review of  the film ‘The Invisible Man’ in the TLS. A review of a biography of John Wyndham by Amy Binns, also in the TLS. A flash non-fiction ‘Q is for Quasar’ in Mslexia. An essay ‘Alternative Geometries’ in Litro – about meeting Valentina Tereshkova. Also […]

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Arp, Arp and me

Last week I went to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to see Cut and Paste, an exhibition of collages. One of the works included from the early twentieth century is ‘According to the Laws of Chance’, created by the German/French artist Hans/Jean Arp in 1933 when he ripped a sheet of black paper […]

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The Moon in Bradford

I’m taking part in an event at the Bradford Literary Festival (on 29 June) to celebrate and examine space exploration 50 years after Apollo 11’s landing on the Moon. I’ll be discussing this with science writer and editor Oliver Morton.

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Scotland in Space

I’m part of a project called Social Dimensions of Outer Space and have contributed a short story exploring the notion of a future Scottish spaceport (it’s going to happen, kids) ‘Welcome to Planet Alba’, which will be read and discussed at this event on 23rd May with other SF authors Russell Jones and Laura Lam. […]

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Heidelberger Literaturtage

I’m going back to Heidelberg (after being a writer-in-residence there last year) and reading in two events at their ‘Literaturtage’ in May. On 18th May I’ll be reading my essay which examines the meaning of ‘being at home’ in Germany for someone like me, who has German ancestry. Later on that evening I’m reading SF […]

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Corroding the Now

I’m giving a talk at this academic-poetic conference ‘Corroding the Now‘ in London on 12-13 April. This is allegedly the first major academic event dedicated to exploring the links between poetry, science and science fiction. I’ll be talking about how our perception of the night sky is increasingly mediated by technology, and what poetry says […]

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Best Sci-Fi of the year!

The German translation of my short story collection, ‘Von der Notwendigkeit, den Weltraum zu Ordnen‘, is one of the best SF books of the year, according to I’m all smiles…

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Scottish Review of Books essay

I recently had an essay published in Scottish Review of Books about my stay in Germany and my German ancestry. I’m currently writing a longer piece about this subject.

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Suffrage Science awardee – Susan M. Gaines

Two years ago I was nominated for a Suffrage Science award. This was and is a terrific honour – Suffrage Science awards are given to women who have contributed to science (including writing about science). The biologist and author Dr Jenny Rohn nominated me and I received a lovely brooch (which I never to dared […]

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Fiction Lab’s 10th anniversary at the Royal Institution

I’m taking part in a discussion at the Royal Institution in London about science and fiction, on Monday 11 June. This is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fiction Lab, the monthly science book club set up by Jenny Rohn (scientist, author and editor of Lablit). I’ll be on a panel with her, Philip Ball […]

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