I posted a while back about Italian surnames as sources for fantasy character names – a recent discovery is Scannagatti (“Cat Killer”). Italian places are a source of inspiration as well, particularly for Early Medieval-style fantasy settings. At the moment, we are visiting the in-laws in the region of Lunigiana, which covers parts of Tuscany… Continue reading Living the Middle Ages
I have been very pleased by the response to my post yesterday entitled “Where Have All the Good Blogs Gone?“, which tried to offer some optimism after the recently announced closures of two well-known genre sites, SF Signal and My Bookish Ways. Pleased not just because this has been the most popular post on my site for… Continue reading Something Old, Something New
Two very well-known and much-loved genre sites have announced their closure over the last few days. First SF Signal, long-running multi-contributor site established by John DeNardo and JP Frantz. Then My Bookish Ways, the blog of SF Signal associate editor Kristin Centorcelli. These closures have prompted renewed discussion about various issues that have been… Continue reading Where Have All the Good Blogs Gone?
I am very pleased to say that this blog has just been included on the Hugo Awards longlist recommendations on the nerds of a feather site. In the middle of some mighty genre sites and people appear these very generous words: “SCy-Fy (Stuart Flynn, ed.) – massive number of interviews with genre bloggers at a time of great change… Continue reading Hugo Awards 2016
I read 85 books in 2015, fairly evenly divided between science fiction and fantasy. The photo shows an average mail day. Science fiction was slightly ahead this year in part because of my push to read all of the first 24 books in the Gollancz SF Masterworks series; I blogged about that here. My reading… Continue reading 2015 Reading on SCy-Fy
Happy New Year, everyone! 2015 was the first full year of this blog. The raw stats say 120 posts and 21,000 hits: Click here to see the complete report. This was a year of two very different halves, though. Most of those posts and hits came in the first half, when I was still living in… Continue reading SCy-Fy: 2015 in review
Hi everybody. As anticipated, my recent move from Italy to Dublin to take up a demanding new day job has greatly cut down my blogging activity. But there’s a post that I simply must write. Anyone who is familiar with my blog will know that from December 2014 to July 2015, I published a large… Continue reading 102 Genre Interviews