Part 2: Blade Runner 2049: fembots and Asian window dressing

Blade Runner 2049 is a film about men trying to control reproduction using artificial slave women. It’s made for the white, straight male gaze by objectifying women and ignoring people of colour and non-binary people.

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Extract: High Tide in the City

High Tide in the City is a noir cyberpunk novel by Martine Lillycrop. The following is an extract from the book, available now on Amazon Forget the turban, the Asian music, wispy beard and joss sticks, where he lived said more about Sitaroo Man than his appearance. His next-door neighbour was the council’s high-level housing…

Calling All Genre Fic Writers

I was offered a press pass to a new kind of sci fi convention, last year, called Nine Worlds Geek Fest. I couldn’t make it, but promised myself I’d save the date for 2014, so with my press pass confirmed, I’m looking forward to the convention and thought I’d share. Nine Worlds aims to be…

No Wriggling out of Radio

When fellow writer and member of Writers Anon, Paul Tobin asked if I minded him putting my name forward for Suzie Grogan’s Talking Books radio show, I said ‘Sure, why not?’  I didn’t think it would come to anything until I got an email from Suzie. I have to confess, I procrastinated about replying.  I’m…

The Last Tree

As I haven’t posted any fiction before – here goes. A short I wrote for a writing course. The Last Tree I hadn’t even wanted to go see this tree, but Brad was into all that stuff and thought it would be good for Lucy. So I said okay and the three of us sat…

Volunteers – New Version

I’m reworking Volunteers, my work in progress.  I’ve already got the original up on the site (one of the first postings, I think).  The original was set in Germany, but I now feel the book is best kept in the UK, so Nix can kick in a few doors, etc, rather than investigate from afar.  Any…