Author Archives: Kev McVeigh

From the Attic X: Travel Light

Imagine a world where a 1950s fantasy novel became first a cult classic and then a global bestseller setting trends for decades to come and spawning blockbuster movies. The year was 1952 and the novel was Travel Light by Naomi … Continue reading

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From the Attic IX: This Map IS The Territory

Rereading the stories of Karen Joy Fowler I am made aware of some things I already knew.  That is not entirely the paradox it seems.   In her collection Black Glass almost every story appears to incorporate an early statement asserting … Continue reading

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From the Attic VIII: Short Stories From the ’80s & ’90s (Mostly)

Two things: 1. SFF has seemed to me to be the one place where it is as easy to discover new writers in short forms as at length. 2. I love short fiction but it doesn’t always get the attention … Continue reading

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From the Attic VII: Vonda N. McIntyre

In the Nebula-winning novella “Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand” a healer, Snake, uses three specially bred snakes to inject medicines to the sick.  Whilst saving the life of a young boy one of her snakes is killed by his … Continue reading

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From the Attic VI: The 2014 Nebula Award for Best Novel

The Nebula Awards are presented annually by the SF Writers of America in four categories, Novel, Novella, Novellette and Short Story.  This year’s awards will be announced on the weekend of 16-17th May.  I know some people place more value … Continue reading

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From the Attic V: Seven For A Secret

Seven personal favourite SF and Fantasy Novels by women that I think deserve a UK edition.   Elizabeth Bear – Dust A couple of years ago I was able to pick up some of Elizabeth Bear‘s US editions in my … Continue reading

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From the Attic IV: Michaela Roessner – Vanishing Point

Like most of you reading this, I do have a penchant for recommending books I’ve enjoyed and that I sometimes think of as my pet discoveries.  One author I am particularly keen to draw attention to is Michaela Roessner, and … Continue reading

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From the Attic III: Connie Willis

The novels of Connie Willis are popular enough that maybe I don’t need to tell you about them, but how about her short fiction?  Time Is The Fire is the first UK collection of Willis’ shorter fiction and features ten … Continue reading

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A SENSE OF SHADOW by Kate Wilhelm

Frequently in Kate Wilhelm’s best fiction memories and dreams become entwined with and are influenced beyond the norm by the protagonist’s social environment. The reader familiar with these stories will recognise much in A Sense Of Shadow (1981) that was … Continue reading

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From The Attic II: Pat Murphy

Pat Murphy says her favourite bird is the mockingbird because ‘it never sings the same song twice.’  So far the same can be said of Murphy herself.  Some writers find a genre seam and mine it successfully (and some exhaust … Continue reading

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