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New Virtual Futures Book

I have a new book out (or nearly out – it’ll be published on the 15th February 2022).

VITAL SIGNALS is a second collection of cutting-edge sci-fi from Virtual Futures. Co-edited with Tom Ward and Stephen Oram, it features established authors such as Tim Maughan, Simon Ings, Geoff Ryman and Ken MacLeod alongside a host of newer voices.

I’m really pleased with this one. It’s been an honour to work with these authors, every single one of whom seems to have tunneled through time into the very near future and come back to tell the tale.

You can order the book here: http://www.newconpress.co.uk/info/book.asp?id=195&referer=Catalogue

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New publications

None of us is getting out and about much during a pandemic. And that means public events and conferences just aren’t happening. But publications still are. Here are two recent ones.

The American Weird, edited impeccably by Julius Greve and Florian Zappe, has just come out from Bloomsbury and is now on sale. The opening chapter is ‘A Doxa of the American Weird’, laying out the prehistory of the weird, from Anglo-Saxon usage via Holinshed and Shakespeare to American colonization, and showing how the concept in American literature and culture follows this earlier definition rather than our modern English one, from 17th-century American poetry to current film and fiction.

Virtual Futures: Near-Future Fictions is an anthology of some of the best stories that think about what’s going to happen not in a hundred years, or ten, but tomorrow. It’s also on sale now. A second volume is coming soon.

And earlier this year there was yet another flurry of interest in skeuomorphism, with Quartz magazine producing an excellent illustrated explainer, which you can read here.