In Other News

While I wait for a couple of new Twinmaker stories to appear (soon!) I’ve been busy on a couple of other fronts. Here are two posts that touch at least generally on themes that have appeared here.

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“So I Won The Listserve And This Is What I Wrote”

The Listserve is a mailing list with well over twenty thousand members to which one random person a day gets to post on any subject they like. I was selected, and this is what I wrote:

Hi there. Sean Williams is a #1 New York Times-bestselling novelist. He or she is also an ethnomusicologist, a social media manager for Hyundai, an electronic musician, a police officer who shot a 22-year old man for no good reason, a basketballer, a cricketer, a comic book writer who lives in the Spam capital of the US, and many other things. Can you guess which one I am?

Follow this link for the rest. It proved to be a fascinating conversation.

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“Why Fantasy and Science Fiction?”

I was in Sydney this week to address a gathering of librarians interested in the topic of science and speculative fiction. Given free rein to talk about anything I liked, I chose to chart my own history through the genre and to explain why I think it’s important and worth encouraging readers to explore. Here’s a taste:

By the time I was ten years old I had two great and undying literary loves: Doctor Who novels (there were ninety or so of them in the end; I still have them, and occasionally even read them), and Agatha Christie novels, which my mother collected — and if that seems a bit of an odd pairing at first glance, look at it this way: both science fiction and crime fiction are arguably about addressing the mysterious and making known that which is currently unknown.

You can find the rest at this link.

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