Science Fiction Concatenation's What's New

A chronological log of updates to
the Science Fact and Science Fiction Concatenation e-magazine.

You can either scroll down here to find the latest, or alternatively find out from the specialist indexes about recent, SF news, all our science fact and science fiction book reviews, top science fiction films (including for past years), the forthcoming national & international science fiction convention and film diary, and articles or reach these indexes from the front page. (Newcomers to this site may first want to see an introduction.)

New up...

Most recently added (mid-December in time for the Christmas/New Year break) is our fourth and final of our choices as to the best-of-last-year's one-page PDF Nature 'Futures' SF stories.  We think these one-page stories are a delight and are ideal to read while you have your lunch / coffee / tea break.  See 'Most recently added' below.

This builds on our previous 'Futures' and also our autumnal edition of news and reviews.  As usual its news page has sections on film, books and publishing, TV, as well as the season's forthcoming books listing of new titles (also fantasy and non-fiction) from the major SF/F imprints in the British Isles, many of which will soon be available elsewhere in the world.  (A great way to see what will be coming out and ideas for your Christmas shopping.)  And then there is the news page's science consisting of short paragraphs on the season's key, primary research papers that are cited so our scientist regulars can Google Scholar the papers for themselves (and our non-scientist regulars can see that we don't do fake news).  Plus there's the news page's science-and-SF-interface section where yesterday's SF is becoming today's fact.

Other autumnal content included articles and convention reports. Here there was another in our series by scientists are also SF authors as to their science heroes born in the 20th century (so by-passing Darwin, Einstein etc that everyone would otherwise select).  This was the 6th in our series that enables you to ascertain the science that inspires some of today's best science fiction writing (see also 'Your help requested' below.) This edition, coincidentally, not only do we have the scientist/author's article on his science heroes but also (see lower down) a standalone review of one of his books!

There was also a second convention report (further to the one posted last season) on this year's British national SF con (Eastercon) as well as another on the 2018 New Zealand national convention.  This last is most appropriate as New Zealand has just won the site selection vote for the 2020 Worldcon. (If you have ever wanted to visit New Zealand then this is the heads up for a chance to do it with a 5-day convention in the middle and you have two years in which to save up for it.)  Plus there was a raft of fiction and non-fiction SF or popular science books reviewed.

 

Your help requested

If, by chance, you know anyone who went to Hatfield Polytechnic or Hertfordshire University and was a member of its SF group PSIFA, could you kindly send them this link or mention this news on your SF social media in case an Old Age PSIFAn stumbles upon it.  It is PSIFA's 40th anniversary coming up and some of the old guard want to reach as many as possible of its past hundreds of members.  Thank you if you can spend a minute mentioning and/or forwarding the link. :-)

New topic. SF² Concatenation itself is seeking to contact SF authors (at least two SF novels commercially published) who have a science/engineering degree. We want to ascertain which 20th century born scientists have inspired them, hence possibly influenced their SF writing.  See 'Most recently added' below.  We hope a number of you can help. This is the link to share.

 

Forthcoming

You can either make a note in your electronic diary that our next edition (for the northern hemisphere's academic year spring) will be up for mid-January, or you can follow us on your rss feed or alternatively on Twitter. This we only use for site posting alerts, and as a special service advance-post alerts slightly ahead of the official posting dates. (We don't use Twitter for chat, though anyone is welcome to on your own account and hash-tag us #SF2Concat; our only using Twitter primarily for site alerts means that you will not be pestered by our feed.)

For those few of you who follow us on Twitter we will alert you at the end of December to a New Year treat from the archives.Meanwhile, hopefully you should find something below to tickle your fancy...

 

Most recently added

v28(7) 2018.12.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v28(6) 2018.11.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v28(5) 2018.9.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Autumn 2018

v28(5) 2018.9.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v28(5) 2018.9.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v28(4) 2018.7.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v28(3) 2018.4.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2018

v28(3) 2018.4.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v28(3) 2018.4.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v28(2) 2018.3.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v28(1) 2018.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2018

v28(1) 2018.1.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v28(1) 2018.1.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v27(7) 2017.12.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v27(6) 2017.11.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v27(5) 2017.9.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Autumn 2017

v27(5) 2017.9.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v27(5) 2017.9.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v27(4) 2017.7.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v27(3) 2017.4.20 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2017

v27(3) 2017.4.20 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v27(3) 2017.4.20 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v27(2) 2017.3.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v27(1) 2017.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2017

v27(1) 2017.1.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v27(1) 2017.1.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v26(7) 2016.12.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

v26(6) 2016.11.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v26(5) 2016.9.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Autumn 2016

v26(5) 2016.9.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v26(5) 2016.9.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v26(4) 2016.7.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v26(3) 2016.4.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2016

v26(3) 2016.4.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v26(3) 2016.4.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v26(2) 2016.3.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v26(1) 2016.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2016

v26(1) 2016.1.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v26(1) 2016.1.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v25(7) 2015.12.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v25(6) 2015.11.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v25(5) 2015.9.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Autumn 2015

v25(5) 2015.9.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v25(5) 2015.9.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v25(4) 2015.7.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v25(3) 2015.4.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2015

v25(3) 2015.4.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v25(3) 2015.4.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v25(2) 2015.3.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v25(1) 2015.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2015

v25(1) 2015.1.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v25(1) 2015.1.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v24(7) 2014.12.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v24(6) 2014.11.15 -- A new story from the Nature Futures series

 

v24(5) 2014.9.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Autumn 2014

v24(5) 2014.9.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v24(5) 2014.9.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

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

 

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 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v23(6) 2013.11.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v23(5) 2013.9.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Autumn 2013

v23(5) 2013.9.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v23(5) 2013.9.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v23(4) 2013.7.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v23(3) 2013.4.20 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2013

v23(3) 2013.4.20 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v23(3) 2013.4.20 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v23(2) 2013.1.30 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v23(1) 2013.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2013

v23(1) 2013.1.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v23(1) 2013.1.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v22(7) 2012.12.21 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v22(6) 2012.11.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v22(5) 2012.9.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Autumn 2012

v22(5) 2012.9.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v22(5) 2012.9.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v22(4) 2012.7.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

April announcement: Thank you for the 2012 Eurocon Award from the European SF Society whose Eurocon was this year held in Croatia.

 

v22(3) 2012.4.20 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2012

v22(3) 2012.4.20 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v22(3) 2012.4.20 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v22(2) 2012.3.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v22(1) 2012.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2012

v22(1) 2012.1.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v22(1) 2012.1.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v21(7) 2011.12.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v21(6) 2011.11.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v21(5) 2011.9.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Autumn 2011

v21(5) 2011.9.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v21(5) 2011.9.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v21(4) 2011.7.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v21(3) 2011.4.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2011

v21(3) 2011.4.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v21(3) 2011.4.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v21(2) 2011.3.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v21(1) 2011.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2011

v21(1) 2011.1.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

 

v20(6) 2010.11.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v20(5) 2010.9.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Autumn 2010

v20(5) 2010.9.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v20(5) 2010.9.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v20(4) 2010.7.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v20(3) 2010.4.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2010

v20(3) 2010.4.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v20(3) 2010.4.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

 

v20(2) 2010.3.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v20(1) 2010.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2010

v20(1) 2010.1.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v20(1) 2010.1.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

v20(1) 2010.1.15 -- Graphic Novel and Art Book Reviews

 

v19(7) 2009.12.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v19(6) 2009.11.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v19(5) 2009.9.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Autumn 2009

v19(5) 2009.9.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v19(5) 2009.9.15 -- Graphic Novel and Art Book Reviews

 

v19(4) 2009.7.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v19(3) 2009.4.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2009

v19(3) 2009.4.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v19(3) 2009.4.15 -- Graphic Novel and Art Book Reviews

 

v19(2) 2009.3.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v19(1) 2009.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2009

v19(1) 2009.1.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v19(1) 2009.1.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

v19(1) 2009.1.15 -- Graphic Novel and Art Book Reviews

 

v18(6) 2008.11.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

 

v18(5) 2008.9.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Autumn 2008

v18(5) 2008.9.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

v18(5) 2008.9.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

  • v18(5) 2008.9.15 -- Graphic Novel Reviews

     

  • v18(4) 2008.6.30 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

     

    v18(3) 2008.4.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2008

    v18(3) 2008.4.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

  • v18(3) 2008.4.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

    v18(3) 2008.4.15 -- Graphic Novel Reviews

     

    v18(2) 2008.3.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

     

    v18(1) 2008.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2008

    v18(1) 2008.1.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

    v18(1) 2008.1.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

    v18(1) 2008.1.15 -- Graphic Novel Reviews

     

    v17(6) 2007.11.15 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

     

    v17(5) 2007.9.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Autumn 2007

    v17(5) 2007.9.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

    v17(5) 2007.9.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

    v17(5) 2007.9.15 -- Graphic Novel Reviews

     

    v17(4) 2007.8.10 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

     

    v17(3) 2007.4.25 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2007

    v17(3) 2007.4.25 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

    v17(3) 2007.4.25 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

    v17(3) 2007.4.25 -- Graphic Novel Reviews

     

    v17(2) 2007.2.27 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

     

    v17(1) 2007.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2007

    v17(1) 2007.1.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

    v17(1) 2007.1.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

    v17(1) 2007.1.15 -- Graphic Novel Reviews

     

    v16(7) 2006.12.10 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

     

    v16(6) 2006.10.8 -- New 'Special' Article for the Tripoli Six

     

    v16(5) 2006.9.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Autumn 2006

    v16(5) 2006.9.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

    v16(5) 2006.9.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Fact Book Reviews

    v16(5) 2006.9.15 -- Graphic Novel Reviews

     

    v16(4) 2006.8.10 -- New story from the Nature Futures series

     

    v16(3) 2006.5.10 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2006

    v16(3) 2006.5.10 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

    v16(3) 2006.5.10 -- Graphic Novel Reviews

    v16(3) 2006.5.10 -- Non-Fiction/Art Book Reviews

     

    v16(2) 2006.4.15 -- Introducing Nature SF Futures stories Easter 2006

     

    v16(1) 2006.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2006

    v16(1) 2006.1.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

    v16(1) 2006.1.15 -- Science Fact & Non-fiction SF Book Reviews

    v16(1) 2006.1.15 -- Non-Fiction/Art Book Reviews

    v16(1) 2006.1.15 -- Graphic Novel Reviews

     

    v15(3) 2005.9.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Autumn 2005

    v15(3) 2005.9.15 -- Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

    v15(3) 2005.9.15 Science Fact & Non-fiction SF Book Reviews

    v15(3) 2005.9.15 -- Non-Fiction/Art

    v15(3) 2005.9.15 -- Graphic Novel Reviews

     

    v15(2) 2005.4.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Summer 2005

    v15(2) 2005.4.15 -- Science Fiction Book Reviews

    v15(2) 2005.4.15 Science Fact & Non-fiction SF Book Reviews

    v15(2) 2005.4.15 -- Graphic Novel Reviews

     

    v15(1) 2005.1.15 -- New Columns & Articles for the Spring 2005

    v15(1) 2005.1.15 -- Science Fiction & (some) Fantasy Book Reviews

    v15(1) 2005.1.15 -- Graphic Novel Reviews

    v15(1) 2005.1.15 Science Book Review

    v15(1) 2005.1.15 Non-Fiction (Art) Review

     

    v14(3) 2004.9.15 -- New Columns & amp; Articles for the Autumn 2004

    v14(3) 2004.9.15 -- Science Fiction & (some) Fantasy Book Reviews

    v14(3) 2004.9.15 -- Graphic Novel Reviews

    v14(3) 2004.9.15 -- Science Book Reviews

    v14(3) 2004.9.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & F Art Book Reviews

     

    v14(2) 2004.4.15 -- New Editorial & Articles for the Summer 2004

    v14(2) 2004.4.15 -- Fiction & Graphic Novels

    v14(2) 2004.4.15 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Book Reviews

     

  • v14(1) 2004.1.2 -- New Science Fiction News for the Spring 2004

  • v14(1) 2004.1.2 -- New Diary of Principal SF Films & Happenings

  • v14(1) 2004.1.2 -- Convention Review

  • v14(1) 2004.1.2 -- Fiction and Graphic Novels

    v14(1) 2004.1.2 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Book Reviews

     

  • v13(2) 2003.11.30 -- New Science Fiction News for the Autumn 2003

  • v13(2) 2003.11.30 -- New articles

  • v13(2) 2003.11.30 -- Fiction and Graphic Novels

  • v13(2) 2003.11.30 -- Non-Fiction SF and Science Book Reviews

     

    v13(1) 2003.6.30 -- New Science Fiction News for the Summer 2003

    v13(1) 2003.6.30 -- New articles

    v13(1) 2003.6.30 -- 2002 SF Video/DVD Top ten

    v13(1) 2003.6.30 -- Fiction and Graphic Novels

    v13(1) 2003.6.30 -- Non-Fiction SF & Science Book Reviews

     

    v12(7) 2002.12.22 -- New Science Fiction News for Spring 2003

    v12(7) 2002.12.22 -- New Diary of Principal SF Happenings for 2003

    v12(7) 2002.12.22 -- New Science Fiction & Fantasy Reviews

    v12(7) 2002.12.22 -- New Non-Fiction Book Reviews

     

    v12(6) 2002.10.20 -- New news

    v12(6) 2002.10.20 -- New Convention Reports

    v12(6) 2002.10.20 -- New SF Article

    v12(6) 2002.10.20 -- New Nonfiction Review

    v12(5) 2002.8.10 -- New news

    v12(5) 2002.8.10 -- New articles

     

    v12(4) 2002.6.30 -- New news

     

    v12(3) 2002.4.10 -- New news

    v12(3) 2002.4.10 -- New Non-Fiction review

    v12(3) 2002.4.10 -- New Science Fiction book reviews

    v12(3) 2002.4.10 -- New Graphic Novels and SF Art Books

     

    v12(2) 2002.3.12 -- New news

    v12(2) 2002.3.12 -- New SF convention reviews

     

    v12(1) 2002.1.21 -- New non-fiction review

    v12(1) 2002.1.21 -- New fiction reviews

     

    v11(3) 2001.12.15 -- New editorial for 2002

    v11(3)2001.12.15 -- New fiction reviews

    v11(3) 2001.12.15 -- new non-fiction reviews

     

    v11(2) 2001.3.19 -- updated fiction reviews

    v11(2) 2001.3.19 -- new fiction reviews

    v11(2) 2001.3.19 -- new non-fiction reviews

     

    v11(1) 2001.01.14 -- Concat Core SF Collection Checklists

     

    v10(3) 2000.11.16 -- new Convention reviews

     

    v10(2) 2000.7.28 -- new non-fiction reviews

    v10(2) 2000.7.28 -- new fiction reviews

    v10(2) 2000.7.28 -- new video reviews

     

    v10(1) 2000.3.21 -- new fiction reviews

    Prior to 1997 The Science Fact & Fiction Concatenation was an annual print magazine (nos 1 - 9) distributed to the UK national (Eastercon and the then Easter Elydore) as well as Eurocon SF conventions. Concat's first issue was in 1987 at BECCON (that year's Eastercon) for the 50th anniversary of the World's first SF convention.
    (BECCON = BECCON'sEasterCon CONvention. Prior to 1987 it stood for the London region biennual convention the Basildon Essex Crest (formerly Centre) CONvention.)


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