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BSFA 2017 Awardsvectoreditors2017

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:17:55 +0000

The Awards will be presented at Follycon, the 69th Eastercon, which this year is taking place at The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, from 30th March – 2nd April 2018. Our ballot is now live! BSFA members who wish to send advance votes, can do so here. We will also have a printable ballot form available from this … Continue reading BSFA 2017 Awards


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Fantasy Fiction with Vic James, Anna Smith Spark & Lucy Hounsom. A SciFi Sessions conversation, hosted by Glyn Morgan at Gower Street Waterstones in London.vectoreditors2017IMG_0283starbornthe courttarnished

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:16:57 +0000

By Andrew Wallace January’s Sci-Fi Sessions was a conversation between three very different contemporary fantasy authors. Each one has a trilogy in progress. Lucy Hounsom has just released the final book of her acclaimed Worldmaker series (Starborn, Heartland and Firestorm). Tarnished City, the second novel in Vic James’s Dark Gifts trilogy, was published last year. It … Continue reading Fantasy Fiction with Vic James, Anna Smith Spark & Lucy Hounsom. A SciFi Sessions conversation, hosted by Glyn Morgan at Gower Street Waterstones in London.


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SF and the future of security: an interview with Ping Zhengvectoreditors2017Defiant Todayping 1

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:20:45 +0000

In late December 2017, a group of writers and scholars of SF, scientists and technologists, and defence analysts and policymakers, gathered at Dstl (UK government’s defence science and technology laboratory) in Salisbury to explore science fiction’s contribution to defence policy. Vector caught up with Dr Ping Zheng from Canterbury Christ Church University Business School, to ask her … Continue reading SF and the future of security: an interview with Ping Zheng


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Vector’s pick of science news in 2017vectoreditors2017Transdimensional

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 11:11:15 +0000

In the spirit of Vector’s traditional “Best of” print edition, which is nearly ready, here is our pick of science news for 2017. First of all, water. Two new inventions for increasing the supply of drinking water caught our eye: one, using a graphene-enhanced membrane for desalination  and another, using sunlight in a device that pulls … Continue reading Vector’s pick of science news in 2017


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Robotics, science fiction and the search for the perfect artificial womanvectoreditors2017File 20171024 30565 p2y72k.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The Conversation

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:39:12 +0000

Ociacia/Shutterstock.com Irena Hayter, University of Leeds Three photographs have been shortlisted for 2017’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, hosted by the National Portrait Gallery in London. But there is something out of the ordinary about one of this year’s contenders for the prize. One of the portraits – by the Finnish artist Maija Tammi – … Continue reading Robotics, science fiction and the search for the perfect artificial woman


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How sci fi-inspired innovation treads a fine line between dystopia and utopiavectoreditors2017Image 20160705 807 1imto07.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The Conversation

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:59:25 +0000

Pie in the sky? Chase Elliot Clarke, CC BY Paul Levy, University of Brighton The race is on to bring a jetpack to market. New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft has a jetpack which is due to go on sale this year and US-based JetPack Aviation is working on a more streamlined offering. So aviation junkies with … Continue reading How sci fi-inspired innovation treads a fine line between dystopia and utopia


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Welcome to dulltopia and my two favourite angelspl202

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:03:47 +0000

Originally posted on Mark Bould:
My essay ‘Dulltopia’ from the ‘Global Dystopias’ issue of Boston Review is now available online – it questions the claims made by Fredric Jameson and Slavoj Zizek about how boring contemporary dystopias are, then imagines these luminaries are right about how boring contemporary dystopias are, and then turns to slow…


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Friday essay: science fiction’s women problemvectoreditors2017Image 20160915 4972 gqonsw.png?ixlib=rb 1.1The Conversation

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:42:53 +0000

We need women to participate equally in science fiction’s conversations about humanity’s future. MsSaraKelly, CC BY-SA Bronwyn Lovell, Flinders University Since 1953, the Hugo Awards have been one of science fiction’s most prestigious honours – past winners include Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clark and Ursula Le Guin. The 2016 results were recently announced, and women … Continue reading Friday essay: science fiction’s women problem


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“This is Not Going to Go the Way You Think”: The Last Jedi Is Subversive AF, and I Am Here for Itvectoreditors2017

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:36:37 +0000

Originally posted on Bitter Gertrude:
John Boyega as Finn, Daisy Ridley as Rey, and Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico in The Last Jedi NOTE: This post is full of spoilers. “This is not going to go the way you think.” — Luke Skywalker Star Wars has always had its finger on the pulse of…


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LSFRC event: Brian Stableford–Le Roman Scientifiquevectoreditors2017sab

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:16:50 +0000

Brian Stableford will be speaking about the evolution of an important early science fiction form, the French roman scientifique, supported by the London Science Fiction Research Community (LSFRC). Monday, February 12th, from 6:30 pm until 8pm, at The Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, London. Brian’s lecture will map its way according to several signposts: Beginning … Continue reading LSFRC event: Brian Stableford–Le Roman Scientifique


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