With our editor as one of 11% of the UK adult population without internet connection (according to the UK regulator Ofcom), and so whose been in digital lockdown, news has been coming in from team members on paper and USB memory sticks, as have book reviews. A couple of periods of lockdown lifting has meant that library cybercafes have at times been open and this has enabled some articles to be sent in. As to what this means, more in 'Forthcoming' below but things are still very much up in the air.
Thanks to those that have stuck with us.
Well, the good news, following a couple of months break in CoVID-19 lockdown, we are back with a full seasonal edition. This means the return of a full seasonal news page, so the season's film, television and SF/F publishing news subsections have returned. Also back are the popular forthcoming SF book, forthcoming fantasy, forthcoming SF non-fiction and popular science book listings. SF² Concatenation is one of the few places on the internet that lists titles from several specialist SF/F/H imprints in one place.
As done every January, we have our choices as to the Best SF books and Best SF films of the previous year. Just a bit of fun, yes, but over the years every year, one of either our choice of books or films, often both, subsequently go on to be short-listed for a major award (Hugo, Nebula, BSFA, Locus etc.) some even win. See our track record (scroll down).
By the way, if you have never checked out the seasonal news pages' science news sections then this time you might want to do so. The natural science section includes the season's round-up of SARS / CoVID-19 research, whose short summaries feature the titles of the primary research academic papers being reported and which you can cut-n-paste into 'Google Scholar' to see the whole paper or its abstract. Our reassurance to you that there is no fake news here. (One of the plus points of SF² Concatenation being founded and largely run by scientists.)
Also this edition sees the return of a full complement of standalone book reviews with over 30 titles reviewed.
For details of / links to the new content, scroll down to beneath 'Most recently added' below.
Up mid-April 2021, our Summer edition*. Alas, the bad news. Due to rising CoVID-19 hospitalisations, and not least the rise of a significant mutation in SARS-CoV-2, much of the UK went into hard lockdown in December. As alluded above, this means our news and reviews editor has returned to digital lockdown. The bad news is that if this has not lifted by mid-March we will either have a reduced seasonal edition for the summer or, if it looks like lockdown will be lifted in early in May, we may hold off this edition until mid-May. If the worst, reduced edition, case scenario comes about then at least we will have a raft of standalone book reviews as we have a few score of books in that have just gone out to our book review panel members.
* 'Summer' here being the northern hemisphere, academic year summer.
Up mid-September 2021, our Autumn edition. The vaccine programme in the UK should have been completed, and even if it hasn't, the summer reduction in CoVID-19 (which is not tolerant to warm, dry conditions and is killed by ultra-violet in sunlight) should mean that lockdown will have ended. This in turn means that we should once again have a full autumnal edition.
As to the long-term future, much depends on vaccine efficay against the new strain of SARS-CoV-2. However, if our species gets a break, we could be back to normal mid-year. Uf so, we should be able to sort out copyright permissions required for the resumation of our 'Best of Nature "Futures" stories'.
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. There's also plenty of on the site to mine. As a teaser we have included, in the last edition below, one, ten years old, from the archives.
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Most recently added
v31(1) 2021.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2021
v31(1) 2021.1.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews
v31(1) 2021.1.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews
v30(5) 2020.12.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series
v30(4) 2020.9.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Autumn 2020
v30(4) 2020.9.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews
v30(3) 2020.4.20 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2020
Full 'What's New' list