July 1st, 2021


My tweets

  • Wed, 12:34: RT @rafaelbehr: I think the post-Brexit narrative demands a Belgium-England final that includes a couple of really protracted VAR reviews,…
  • Wed, 12:56: Submissions list 2021: The complete list of eligible titles submitted for this year’s @ClarkeAward https://t.co/wvDD2r0i6Y Definitely worth a look!
  • Wed, 16:05: RT @ClarkeAward: The 2021 shortlist has landed: The Infinite  - Patience Agbabi The Vanished Birds – Simon Jimenez Vagabonds – Hao Jing…
  • Wed, 22:23: 470 days of plague https://t.co/Nf8Q5nJSI5
  • Thu, 10:45: RT @emilyvdw: My piece on science-fiction writer Isabel Fall and her story "I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter" is live. What Fa…

My top tweets H1 2021

My four top tweets from the first half of 2021:

4) The future Sir Alex Allan lends his skateboard to a family friend.

3) Mourning the loss of a dear friend. (This was also my top LJ entry for the first half of the year.)

2) Philip K. Dick foresees 2021.

1) Next time (if there is ever a next time) I'll include alt-text for the image.

June 2021 books

Non-fiction 6 (YTD 22)
China’s Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy, by Peter Martin
A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler, by Lynell George
Don't Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech, by Rana Foroohar
Carrying the Fire, by Michael Collins
Boys in Zinc, by Svetlana Alexievich
The Johnstown Flood, by David McCullagh

Non-genre 3 (YTD 13)
Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding
All Among the Barley, by Melissa Harrison
The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje

Poetry 3
Blind Harry’s Wallace, translated by William Hamilton of Gilbertfield
Beowulf: A New Translation, by Maria Dahvana Headley
Beowulf: A New Translation, by Seamus Heaney

SF 9 (YTD 63)
Upright Women Wanted, by Sarah Gailey
Comic Inferno, by Brian W. Aldiss
The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women, ed. Alex Dally MacFarlane
Roger Zelazny's The Dawn of Amber: Book 1, by John Gregory Betancourt
"Stories For Men", by John Kessel
Come Tumbling Down, by Seanan McGuire
Cemetery Boys, by Aiden Thomas
The Monster's Wife, by Kate Horsley
Light, by M. John Harrison

Comics 4 (YTD 17)
Monstress, vol. 5: Warchild, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Once & Future vol. 1: The King Is Undead, by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain, and Ed Dukeshire
Wonder Woman: The Golden Age, Vol. 2 by William Moulton Marston
Parable of the Sower, written by Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy and John Jennings

6,800 pages (YTD 32,700)
13/25 (YTD 52/123) by non-male writers (George, Foroohar, Alexievich, Fielding, Harrison,Headley, Gailey, MacFarlane, McGuire, Thomas, Horsley, Liu/Takeda, Butler)
6/25 (YTD 24/123) by PoC (George, Foroohar, Ondaatje, Thomas, Liu/Takeda, Butler)
2/25 rereads (YTD 11/123) - Bridget Jones' Diary, Heaney's Beowulf.

Middlemarch, by George Eliot
Riding the Unicorn, by Paul Kearney
The Separation, by Christopher Priest

Coming soon (perhaps)
Empire Games, by Charles Stross
The Kingdom of Copper, by S. A Chakraborty
"Grotto of the Dancing Deer", by Clifford D Simak
Le dernier Atlas, tome 2, by Fabien Vehlmann, Gwen De Bonneval and Fred Blanchard
Fish Tails, by Sheri S. Tepper
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick, by Zora Neale Hurston
Martin Lukes Who Moved My Blackberry, by Lucy Kellaway
Humankind, by Rutger Bregman
The Place of the Lion, by Charles Williams
Strange Bedfellows: An Anthology of Political Science Fiction, ed. Hayden Trenholm
The History of Mr Polly, by H.G. Wells
Thirteen, by Steve Cavanagh
Cryptozoic, by Brian Aldiss
Fish Tails, by Sheri S. Tepper
Eurofiles: A Cartoonist's View of Europe and the Wider World, by Peter Schrank
The Primal Urge, by Brian Aldiss
A Deadly Education, by Naomi Novik
The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley