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We’ve Moved! March 9, 2009

Posted by Lee in Uncategorized.
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Thanks for stopping by – we only ever paid rent at this site, and we’ve gone and bought ourselves a condo.

You’re all welcome at chez Robot, so head on over to http://www.AngryRobotBooks.com and say “Hi”.

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Thought you might like to see this… March 6, 2009

Posted by Marco in Angry Robot.
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greyred_on_black_10cm_72dpiRather a smart little thing. We’ve had it for a little while, actually, but now’s a good time to show it off.

Also worth showing off: our new website will be up on Monday. It includes details of our first releases and how you can sign-up for our robot army. Busy people, us.

Six words, no more, no less March 5, 2009

Posted by Marco in Future formats.
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The concept of Six Word Stories apparently started, or at least gathered a great apocryphal origin, when someone bet Ernest Hemingway he couldn’t tell a story in such a short space. The response of the great man – “For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” – still carries a real punch today, where in these times of Twittering and Flash fiction the six worders have made a real comeback.

Check out all the best recent Science Fiction entries, including this cracker from Alan Moore:

Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time

New blog at SFX March 3, 2009

Posted by Lee in Other people's business.
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A quick plug for my new blog elsewhere in the cyberverse. I was recently chosen as one of 12 volunteer bloggers for SFX – the best-selling British genre features magazine.

Head on over to SFX Magazine to see my thoughts on audio drama, and the season of SF audio currently airing on Radio 4 and Radio 7…

Philip José Farmer March 2, 2009

Posted by Lee in Writers.
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Sex in Genre Fiction

Image of the Beast by Philip Jose Farmer

Image of the Beast by Philip Jose Farmer

It’s not common to find scenes of a sexual nature in science fiction, horror or fantasy books – it’s not unusual, but it’s not common.

What does it matter? Why should a book contain a sex scene? Well, the answer (and it’s the answer to any similar question) is: it should contain such a scene if the scene is important. If it’s an event that moves the plot along, or helps to further character development.

Pick up any early James Herbert novel, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to find a couple of pages devoted to the protagonist getting his or her rocks off. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land resulted in the man himself being credited as popularising the concept of polyamory.

It was Philip José Farmer, however, who is accepted as having broken the taboo on sex in science fiction. His 1953 Hugo-winning story The Lovers catapulted Farmer onto the scene, and when Heinlein wrote Stranger… in 1961, it was partly dedicated to Farmer.

It’s not Farmer’s only contribution to SF, of course – he’s best-known for his World of Tiers and Riverworld series, but next time you sit with a genre novel and stumble upon some characters sharing an intimate moment, spare a thought for Farmer.

Philip José Farmer – 1918 to 2009, Rest In Peace.