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New up below, we have one of our 'Best of... Nature 'Futures' one-page SF stories.. This one is by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley and concerns
an age-old SF trope: the alien invasion. But as with many of the 'Best of... 'Futures'' this story has a fresh take as well as something we like, a touch of dry wit. Enjoy.
Message of the moment: We are now on Twitter.
Because we only have three major editions of news and reviews a year (spring, summer and autumn) and one short story in between, it is very easy to miss us. So you can be notified when we have a new posting we are now on Twitter at @SF2Concat. (We promise only to send clusters of tweets at these upload times: perhaps just a little in advance of official upload times.) Our site statistics 'unique visitors' jump by a few thousand the months of our seasonal uploads, but whether or not Twitter alerts are appropriate (or needed) remain to be seen: despite the site traffic and its new-post jumps, our Twitter following is so far very tiny. Anyway, do feel free to spread the word to your friends with SF interests: it would be appreciated. :-)
Loncon 3 rate for Essential SF: A concise guide
If you are going to this year's Worldcon then Essential SF: A concise guide will be available for £5 (and of course there will be no postage to pay) from the Porcupine Books stand in the dealers hall.
If you don't know what this guide is about then it is an SF collector's aide that has entries of only those works up to 2004 that were voted awards by fans, came top of fan surveys, or have been constantly in print for 50 or more years.
In short this is a guide to the genre using a formula of fan approval. So for example, Hugo Award winers are in, but Nebulas are not unless they meet some other criteria. Check the title link out for reviews of this work. Enjoy.
If you are reading this in a non-English speaking country then you may care to note that we are on the lookout for non-UK-based national convention reviewers and non-British brief news reporters. Hope that some of you are up for it. Do get in touch. We just need short, almost bullet-point messages and perhaps links, of news. See one of the paragraphs of our news pages for the kind of small summaries of news we are after. Meanwhile enjoy the below.
Mid-September sees our autumnal edition which includes our usual large-ish seasonal news summary of science fiction and science relating to books, films and television, and which includes lists of the season's forthcoming SF, fantasy and popular science books, links to some YouTube short vids and film trailers, book trade news among other coverage such as major SF Awards given over the summer from around the World. The autumnal edition will also include a score of stand-alone SF/F/H book reviews and one or two non-fiction science and related titles.
Then November sees a new one-page SF 'Futures' short story, and we will have another in December before Christmas. These will be the third and fourth of the four Best of Nature's 'Futures' stories we have slated for 2014. All are our choice as to the very best of the 51 (weekly) Nature 'Futures' of last year. If you can't wait then enjoy some of our past choices of 'Futures'.
Our posting schedule is regular -- so you can see when things are due by looking at what was posted when previously -- but if you want early notification of a few advance posts then join the few following us on our new Twitter thingy.
Most recently added
v24(4) 2014.7.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series
v24(3) 2014.4.30 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2014
v24(3) 2014.4.30 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews
v24(3) 2014.4.30 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews
v24(2) 2014.3.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series
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