Diamond Jack, Smirnov and the Pelikaan

I was asked to take part in an interview for ABC’s The History Listen, which was used for a mash-up documentary on one of my favourite Australian characters, Diamond Jack.

It’s a fantastic format, which my mother described as natural storytelling, like we are all telling the story over drinks.

You can listen to the full podcast here: Diamond Jack, Smirnov and the Pelikaan

Estcon 2020 experience in Locus Magazine

2020 has been a difficult year for events and conventions, which led to Estcon being the biggest event of the summer for me. My write-up and photographs were featured in the November issue of Locus Magazine and you can read all about it at the Locus online magazine: https://locusmag.com/2020/11/estcon-2020-report/

Attending a science fiction convention from a tent was definitely not what I expected to be doing this summer but my presentation went well and I had a great time.

Exoplanet Demographics Conference

I was excited by the opportunity to take part in the Exoplanet Demographics conference hosted by the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at IPAC/Caltech over the 9-13th of November.

The organisers of the virtual conference were surprised by the amount of interest they received from science fiction writers and decided to do a Collaborative STEAM public outreach project, soliciting science fiction stories, poetry and art inspired by the discoveries being presented during the conference.

I was given the abstract of a presentation by Juliette Becker entitled The Origins of Multi-Planet Systems with Misaligned, Nearby Companions. Inspired by the details of the discovery (at least those that I understood), I wrote a short-and-sweet science fiction story called “The Missed Connection”.

This was published in the Wednesday edition of the Heavy Metal Jupiters and Other Stories e-zine edited by Jessie Christiansen and Heather Clitheroe.

I’m doubly excited to discover that the author of the research talk said that she loved my story!

This was a great initiative and I am proud to have been a part of it.

Space Ageing

I’m thrilled that my article on Old Women in Science Fiction has appeared in Nature magazine!

I wish I’d tried harder to mention Chrisjen Avasarala in Caliban’s War and Ofelia Falfurrias in Remnant Population but I struggled with the space limitations.

You can read the full article here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03618-w

TitanCon Belfast 2019

I’m very excited that I will also be presenting in Belfast at TitanCon. This is the 2019 Eurocon and takes place the weekend after Worldcon. It promises to be a great convention and I’m really looking forward to it.

I will also be taking part in Literature Night on Thursday night and hopefully reading something completely new!

I can recommend the panel on Game of Thrones: Series Retrospective which is taking place on Friday in the Waterfront room at the Hilton. I’m moderating and have already had a conversation with the panelists, who have a lot of very interesting things to say about it all!

You can see the entire programme on Grenadine: https://sites.grenadine.co/sites/titancon/en/titancon2019

Worldcon Dublin 2019

I now have my schedule for Worldcon at Dublin and it looks great!

Here’s the official programming:

15 August 2019 13:30 – 14:20
Presenter: Throwing Grandma out the Airlock
Odeon 5 (Point Square, Dublin)

17 August 2019 12:00 – 12:50
Moderator: Invisible Work: Mothers and Caretakers in SFF
Wicklow Hall 1 (CCD)

19 August 2019 10:00 – 10:50
Panellist: Anniversary: Alcock and Brown
ECOCEM Room (CCD)

19 August 2019 13:00 – 13:50
Autographing
Level 4 Foyer (CCD)

I’m very much looking forward to this; also my first EVER trip to Ireland!

Interview and Five Stories in Reaktor!

I’m thrilled to have been featured in the July issue of Reaktor magazine, with a detailed interview and five of my flash fiction stories.

Triin Loide asked me a broad range of interesting questions and never let me get away with an easy answer in Intervjuu: Sylvia Spruck Wrigley.

And five stories which have never before been seen in Estonian:

I’m flattered to have made my debut in Reaktor in such a big way!

Old Women in SF at Finncon 2019

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been invited to present at Finncon 2019 which takes place next month in Jyväskylä.

I’ll be speaking about old women in science fiction at 15:00 on Saturday, the 6th of July. The academic track has a theme of AI Meets Tolkien: Non-Human Minds in Speculative Fiction and on that subject, I’ll be questioning what happens to an aging population when know-how can be downloaded and experience can’t compete against artificial intelligence. Please come and join me in the Opinkivi building in room OPK141.

The Triangle : A Serial Box Original

The first season of Triangle has launched on Serial Box and my first episode (episode three) is out!

Things are about to take a serious turn into the land of all things weird in Sylvia Spruck Wrigley’s episode, The Moon People.

Episode 1 is free to read or to listen to so head over to Serial Box to see what you think!

You can also read a review on the website of Author JC Nelson: The Triangle – A Review.

If you want the whole series, then you can subscribe for a 25% discount by using the discount code TRIANGLE25.

I’m super proud of this project and so happy to see it out in the world!