The Rebirth of Interactive Fiction

Originally published in the BFS Journal #14, Jul 2015 – British Fantasy Society

Text-based adventures were some of our first early videogames to use progression or creation of a narrative as the main method of play. These games first appeared in the 1970s, then became incredibly popular in the 1980s due to their simplicity to create and power. Text-based adventures are merely a subsection of interactive fiction, a cornerstone of games development. This genre has suffered with a fall from grace and was neglected for many years, but now it’s back with a vengeance. more “The Rebirth of Interactive Fiction”

Twitterature: A Challenge

In August I challenged myself to post one piece of Twitterature up a week, inspired by friend and author Liss Macklin, her being the one who initially switched me on to the microfiction. Some of you may be asking “What on earth is ‘twitterature’?” well, Wikipedia calls it:

Twitterature (a portmanteau of Twitter and literature) is literary use of the microblogging service of Twitter. It includes various genres, including aphorismspoetry and fiction written by individuals or collaboratively.

The 140-character maximum imposed by the medium provides a creative challenge.

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Women and POC in Fantasy and Science Fiction

A little while ago, inspired to dig deeper by some incredibly interesting individuals on my twitter feed, I encountered some fantastic lists of book recommendations that highlight the talents of both women and POC that are creating some top-notch fantasy and science fiction offerings. These folks represent some of the most frequently overlooked, but most original and insightful, creators of our time; though if the more recent spell of Hugo Awards are anything to go by, things are very slowly changing to appreciate them more fully.

I’d like to list a few of my absolute personal favourites first, then I’ll let you sift through the wonderful and very comprehensive lists that have been complied elsewhere. Please join me in celebrating and supporting these wonderful authors. more “Women and POC in Fantasy and Science Fiction”

Read This First: An Anthology By Accident

It just so happens that I have the very good fortune of being surrounded by friends who are, no word of a lie, bursting at the seams with talent. My friend group are a bunch of enviably creative bastards who’s success and genius I wish I could emulate, as such, sometimes the opportunity to be inspired by them and collaborate with them crops up and I’d be a fool to turn the chance down. more “Read This First: An Anthology By Accident”