New up we have our spring edition with seasonal news (including of authors, films and television as well as forthcoming books and science) plus a few convention reports, our annual diary of national conventions and forthcoming films, as well as a number of stand-along book reviews (see 'Most recently added' below).
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. Anyway, do feel free to spread the word to your friends with SF interests: it would be appreciated. :-)
Your good deed... (possibly)
Have you done the on-line survey to find out more about the demographics of SF&F readers. This survey is a worthy venture and we hope that our site's visitors will support it with five minutes of their time. The survey can be found here. And if you have filled it in then have a gander at the results so far here.
Hugo Award Nominations Now Open
The Hugo Award is one of SF's major awards. There are many categories including 'Best Novel', 'Best Short Story', 'Best Dramatic Presentation Long-Form' (Best Film) of the past year (2013) and there are other categories too. Nominations are now open for the 2014 awards (covering 2013 works). All who are registered (that is over 4,000 at the moment) for the 2014 Worldcon (for the first time 27 years in England [London]) as well as last year's and next year's Worldcons in the US, are eligible to nominate 5 works in each category (see this year's Worldcon Hugo nomination page). Finally, a bit of an ashamed appeal (but, as a European zine with the Worldcon being held once a decade here, this is probably our one shot), if you were to consider little old SF2 Concatenation as one of your five for 'best fanzine' then we'd be deeply honoured. Just a thought but whatever you do do, if you are eligible, do nominate; the more who do the more democratic the awards. The nomination period ends in March. The list of those nominated (five per category) will be announced at Easter and (again those registered for the Worldcon) will be able to vote on the shortlist over the summer. The results will be announced at the 2014 London Worldcon.
By the way, talking of Hugo eligibles, as a bit of fun once a year in the spring we poll the team for their suggestions of the previous year's best SF/F books (still time to check these titles out) and we have also listed a selection of last year's SF/F films (with trailer links).
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. We just need short, almost bullet-point messages and perhaps links, of news. See one of our news pages for the kind of small summaries of news we are after. Meanwhile enjoy the below.
Mid-March will see another one-page PDF 'Futures' short story. Brillulous.
Most recently added
v24(1) 2014.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2014
v24(1) 2014.1.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews
v24(1) 2014.1.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews
v23(7) 2013.12.20 -- Christmas treat. A new story from the Nature Futures series
v23(6) 2013.11.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series
Full 'What's New' list