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Up April 2020, our Summer edition*. It has its usual large seasonal news page covering core aspects of SF (books, films and television) as well as the season's science research.
* 'Summer' here being the northern hemisphere, academic year summer.
Also in this edition there is: our annual survey of 52 weekly UK box-office charts to ascertain the top SF/F film for the 2019-'20 year to Easter as far as the public is concerned; another article in our series by SF authors who are scientists as to their science heroes born in the 20th century; an SF Worldcon-related guide to Wellington for SF folk (there will be other cons in Wellington given that this year's Worldcon has been virus hit, hence cancelled as a physical event); talking of con cancellations, if you are a regular attendee of a particular convention series and are stuck at home in virus lock-down seeking something constructive to do, we have an idea;
and there's our annual science and other oddities with Gaia;
plus over a score-plus-ten standalone book reviews (see 'most recently added' below). If you are one of our regulars you will also notice that we have one of our best of Nature Futures short, short SF stories in the mix. This was to have been slated for a July posting but we have rolled it into this seasonal edition as we at SF² Concatenation are beginning to move into hibernation for the duration of this SARS-CoV-2 episode. (More immediately below.)
In September we will (hopefully, depending on our lock-down) have our autumnal (northern hemisphere) edition. This will consist of some articles and some standalone book reviews. (Many thanks to our book review panel members who have been sending in their reviews on USB memory sticks by old-fashioned snail-mail post as our mission control is digitally isolated.) Alas, there will be no seasonal news page in September for the autumn as publishers are going rather quiet on the book promotion front, cinemas are closed to new films, and all SF conventions have been cancelled.
Looking further ahead we will be suspending operations (other than receiving books from publishers for review). We will not be checking our e-mails (our mission control is digitally isolated during UK lock-down -- ironically to prevent computer virus infection/master site hacking etc. as we had a major incident in the 2000s) but will pick up articles submitted by e-mail at some point in the future when we can get to the office.
Still further into the future, we aim to resume our seasonal editions three months after British lock-down ends. (This is because many publishers have ceased sending out physical review copies of books during the current SARS-CoV-2 crisis and so, after lock-down ends, we will have to wait to accrue a season's worth of books and review them before we can resume full editions.) We will though pick up our e-mails as soon as lock-down ends and liaise with contributors at that time. We will also monitor publishers' catalogues as soon as the resumption of production of new ones recommences and so our first seasonal news page may have lengthier forthcoming books listings as these will include recent releases not previously covered.
Meanwhile, hopefully you should find something below to tickle your fancy. Also, why not have a snoop around our past material using the quick links on the short-cut column left of here. There are plenty of articles and the past seasonal news pages have links to other items of interest including YouTube videos and film trailers. Talking of film trailers, while you're in virus lock-down, do check out our past annual film top tens and the 'other worthies' for ideas of films you might wish to download or stream. There's plenty on the site to mine. As a teaser we have included, in the current edition below, one from the archives from a younger Terry Pratchett.
Above all, during this difficult time, ensure that you and those close to you keep safe.
Thank you for visiting us.
Most recently added
v30(3) 2020.4.20 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2020
v30(3) 2020.4.20 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews
v30(3) 2020.4.20 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews
v30(2) 2020.3.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series
v30(1) 2020.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2020
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