Martin McCallion

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  • in reply to: Short Story Club – April #11126

    Martin McCallion
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    The only short fiction I’ve read recently has been the BSFA award nominees book. Which was… interesting. But I didn’t enjoy it that much. The Benjanun Sriduangkaew story was better than I feared, though way overlong.

    The Selkie story (such of which are for losers, as we know from last year — and I know, it wasn’t a selkie) was OK, but pretty bleak. And the winner… I’d like to discuss it here, actually, because I didn’t really understand what was supposed to be happening at the end.

    It was also fairly bleak. On both of those, I think I’m fed up with stories set in pessimistic futures. Dystopias, certainly, but also this kind of sub-dystopia. That’s the wrong prefix, but super- would sound like the wrong direction. I mean where it’s not quite dark enough to be a dystopia, but just is kind of — to repeat that word — bleak.

    I’m not calling for everything to be sunshine and unicorns, but just a bit more variety of tone.

    Any, I’ve sent all the Holdfast stories to Instapaper, to read later on my Kindle.

    in reply to: What SF books have you read recently? #8332

    Martin McCallion
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    Hi guys, I read The Hydrogen Sonata a few weeks ago (Banksie is the only author whose books I buy automatically as soon as they come out). It’s great. Though in some sense it’s just another Culture novel.

    Yeah, I know: “just another”. If we could all write “just another” novel like that, hey?

    in reply to: Writers thread #8267

    Martin McCallion
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    Hey, Patrick: late answer, but I’m doing NaNo. Though, if you look at my wordcount, you’ll see I’m not doing it very well.

    How about you?

    in reply to: Guilty pleasures #8266

    Martin McCallion
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    I’m not sure that I have any. I don’t get enough time to either watch all the new films I’d want to, or re-watch the good ones that’ I’ve already seen.

    There was something recently that used the term “guilty pleasures” — an advert, I think — and as one of the examples of such, it listed “Your box set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” I was shocked — nay, offended. Not least since I’m deep in the middle of a long project of watching/re-watching them all with my partner and our kids. And don’t feel in the least bit guilty.

    in reply to: Forthcoming BSFA events #7767

    Martin McCallion
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    Hi Patrick, I don’t think that any decisions were made. It was mostly the accounts and reports from the various committee members.

    Of those the main points of interest were probably that Ian Whates intends to step down as Chair sometime before the end of the year, and Peter Wilkinson intends to step down as Membership Secretary in the next year or so.

    in reply to: Which SF films have you seen recently? #7726

    Martin McCallion
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    I haven’t seen Thor, but I saw Avengers Assemble recently, and it follows on from the points you mention above, to some extent. I’ll say no more in case of spoilers, but it’s well worth seeing.

    Also The Cabin in the Woods, which is horror, but with SF underpinnings, and very good.

    Best of all recently was Duncan Jones’s Source Code. Again, I won’t spoil it, but if you haven’t seen it, I recommend immediate watching.

    If this forum takes off at all we should probably have topics per film, and spoiler-free and with-spoiler versions, at least of anything new.

    in reply to: Forthcoming BSFA events #7725

    Martin McCallion
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    Hi Patrick, Thanks for doing that, just in case anyone follows the forums but not the main news feed. Which is currently broken, as it happens (the RSS feed, I mean).

    I should probably look into ways to do that automatically. Something else to add to the to-do list.

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