Transitions (Tartu Prima Vista)

I am in Tartu! I’m attending Transitions, the 2024 annual conference of the Science Fiction Research Association. Tartu is also hosting Futures Better and Worse as a part of the Tartu Internationa Literary Festival, so it promises to be an action-packed week.

My presentation will be on Friday, the 10th of May at 15:30.

Navigating the Final Frontier: The Journey into Old Age in ‘Star Trek: Picard’

This paper explores themes of leadership, legacy, and the human aging process in ‘Star Trek: Picard’. Traditionally, Star Trek has suffered from persistent ageist tropes, most blatantly celebrating old age in alien races while depicting human elders as frail, emotionally unstable and unfit for leadership. ‘Star Trek: Picard’ explores human old age through the character of Jean-Luc Picard, who is forced to confront the challenges of aging: loss, regret and the need for reinvention. As he reunites with the crew of ‘The Next Generation’, the series has the opportunity to explore many facets of old age and aging across a range of personalities. This analysis focuses on the first series and whether ‘Star Trek: Picard’ promises a a more nuanced view of old age or reinforces those very stereotypes that have dogged the Star Trek universe from the beginning. The author seeks seeks to contribute a deeper understanding of how popular science fiction influences and reflects societal attitudes towards aging. ‘Star Trek: Picard’ may not have broken the barriers of ageist stereotypes, but the first series undeniably sets a course for new discussions.

If you are in Tartu this week for either of the events, please let me know; it’d be great to say hello!

Exploring AI, Ethics and Snarky Conversation

I’m pleased that I will be presenting on the subjectof Murderbot and AI at Estcon 2024. The conference is taking place in July at Udu Talu and I will post full details under events.

This is a fun presentation and I’m pleased for the opportunity to revisit it.

Navigating the Final Frontier at SFRA 2024 Transitions

I am pleased that my proposal was accepted for Transitions, the SFRA 2024 annual meeting. I will be presenting my paper on The Journey into Old Age in ‘Star Trek: Picard.

The conference takes place in Tartu in May and I’m very happy that I’ll be attending in person. For more information on the conference, please see their website: SFRA 2024 | Transitions.

SFRA/GfF: Disruptive Imaginations

I’m very pleased that my report on Disruptive Imaginations, the joint annual conference of the Science Fiction Research Association & the Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung Joint Annual Conference was published in the November issue of Locus magazine.

Report on the Disruptive Imaginations Conference

There remains a story I didn’t tell, about going hiking in a nightgown, but that will have to wait for another day.

Heading to Switzerland

I’m going to be attending the AXALP ’23 Air Force display next month! This is a flight display and live-firing exercise run by the Swiss Air Force every year. The spectator areas are 2,200 metres amsl (7,200 feet) and although there’s a shuttle taking me from Briez to Axalp, I’ll be hiking the final 708 metres (2,320 feet). I cannot tell you how excited I am about this.

If you are interested in more detail, please read my newsletter post about it here: Wheels Up for Raclette


I’m thrilled to have another story in Nature Futures! I have to admit, this one has an author’s note that’s longer than the story.

“Don’t be mean, Paul. We’ve never had to live through data scarcity.” I cleared last week’s menu, as if that helped. Paul was right, Mom was getting worse. There was nothing so trivial that she wouldn’t save it to the cloud and then make a back-up.

You can read the entire story and author’s note at Nature.

Exploring AI, Ethics and Snarky Conversation

I’m pleased to be presenting at Disruptive Imaginations, the Joint Annual Conference of the SFRA and the GFF in Dresden. I’ll be speaking on the subject of Murderbot and AI on Thursday morning in room ABS/114. I hope to see you there!

An Unexpected Journey to Hrísey Island

I am delighted to announce that I’ve been selected for a month-long writer’s residency on Hrísey Island in Iceland. Next May, I’ll be packing my bags and moving to the island! I’m very grateful to Gamli Skóli, a non-profit organisation supporting artists, photographers and writers, who are providing accommodation and working space. I’m hoping to get a grant to cover travel expenses. The residency will be focused on a narrative nonfiction project which I submitted as a part of my application and at the end of the month, there will be an exhibition on the island (I have no idea how I’m going to do this).

Hrisey Island

They’ve sent me the initial paperwork which points out three times that it is not possible to buy alcohol on Hrísey. However, the island does have forty species of nesting birds, a supermarket, two museums, a restaurant, a hundred and fifty plastic puffin decoys, and a resident ghost. There are also regular ferries to the mainland with a bus to Akureyri, a city with several breweries, shops and a thriving restaurant scene, so I don’t expect to be suffering overmuch.

Duolingo does not offer Icelandic, which means it is now 0 for 3 of the languages I have asked it for (Welsh*, Estonian, Icelandic)!

This was my second application to the residency. I was worried it would a tough sell, as an older woman working on narrative nonfiction. So I’m immensely happy that I get to have this opportunity!

*(to be fair, they added Welsh but not until after I’d left Swansea).

Story Sale to Nature!

I’m excited to say that my latest story, Cyber Junk, has sold to Nature Magazine. Who decides what’s worth remembering? Cyber Junk explores the generational divide of data hoarding and information overload in the digital age. This will be my eighth appearance in the magazine.

My latest book is out now!

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