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Follow the link to the second place runner-up in our Sci-Fi-London Urban Fantasist 24 Hours Flash Fiction Challenge. www.urbanfantasist.com/article/flash-fiction-challenge---2nd-place---julian-gyll-murray-with-equal-creations-4093
First place: Rebecca Innes with Forgetting
Second place: Julian Gyll-Murray with Equal Creations
Third place: Anthony D'Auria with Unsettled
Fourth place: Ariel Tan, with Familiarity
Here is the 2nd place runner-up for this year's Sci-Fi-London + Urban Fantasist 24 Hours Flash Fiction Challenge.
The Tiffin on the Trinc steampunk + storytelling event in Hartlepool over the weekend was a great event - there's also a link to some pix of the event via Pinterest
Get yourselves up to Hartlepool this coming Sunday for the Tiffin on The Trinc event that's HMS Trincomalee, a frigate that was built for the Royal Navy in 1817. The day is a mixture of Steampunkery activities, a rock concert and storytelling by me!
Still with the Lego, here's a rather cute StarWars themed video from Lego for Fathers Day via The Guardian newspaper.
Amid all this fuss about governments spying on their own citizens, PRISM and all that, it is good to see some serious topics are also making the news. Yes, research has discovered that the faces on Lego minifigure heads have become progressively angrier.
Here is the winning entry for this year's Sci-Fi-London + Urban Fantasist 24 Hours Flash Fiction Challenge.
More book news: the 2011 ghost story collection A Dream of Stone & Other Ghost Stories which includes my story Confessions of a Teenage Ghost-Hunter has been reissued. It can be purchased as a paperback directly from the publisher or via Amazon.
I'm happy to report that my short story collection This the Quickest Way Down was featured in the British Science Fiction Association's Best of 2012 issue of its magazine Vector.
Team Urban Fantasist had a great day at the Reading Writers one-day conference in Sonning, where I gave a talk/workshop on how to create A Credible World in fiction. I'm going to be posting a summary of my top tips on this site within the next week or so.
Welcome to the Modern World yes, it's a girl earning her living by being covered in cold Heinz baked beans, while sitting in a bath at a service station on the M11.
We finally have the results of our Sci-Fi-London Urban Fantasist 24 Hours Flash Fiction Challenge: 1st: Rebecca Innes with Forgetting. 2nd: Julian Gyll-Murray with Equal Creations. 3rd: Anthony D'Auria with Unsettled 4th: Ariel Tan, with Familiarity.
The Clarion Foundation the people behind the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Workshop at UCSD has launched its annual Write-a-Thon fundraising campaign. Signups are open from now till the beginning of the Write-a-Thon on June 23th.
Have ebooks now crossed the chasm and become a majority product? At the recent BISG Making Information Pay conference (reported in The Bookseller) the latest BookStats figures for the US publishing industry in 2012 provided an interesting spotlight.
Heres my exclusive interview with the American futurist Ray Kurzweil, while he was over here in the UK last month for the LawTech Futures 2013 event in London. This is the only interview Ray gave while he was in the country.
I'm pleased to say I've been invited to attend the Reading Writers' Day, which takes place in Sonning on Saturday 1st June. I'm going to be running a one-hour talk and workshop in the afternoon (starts 3:00pm) on Creating a Credible World in fiction.
In the course of doing some research on trademarks on the UK Intellectual Property Office website I spotted that lawyers fall into the same tradmark class as Tarot card readers!
One of the topics that has been rumbling along in the background of the epublishing debate is the importance or otherwise of DRM (digital rights management) protection on ebooks.
Here's some information about a one day conference taking place in London in November - if you want to pitch a proposal for a paper you have until 1st August.
Sad to read about the death of Ray Harryhausen, the king of stop-motion movie making (back in the days bfore CGI). Here's a nice obiturary.
The postcard says it all - tho we did have tea and cakes sitting at Peter Cushing's favourite table at the Tudor Tearooms in Whitstable.
The London skyline (looking east) from the top of the Park Lane Hilton - that's Canary Wharf in the distance behind the Shard.
And here's me interviewing the American futurist Ray Kurzweil earlier this week - he's explaining how in the future 3D printing will mean a clone of me can do the work while the real me stays in bed and watches myself on YouTube.
Congratulations to Chris Beckett, whose novel Dark Eden (the story of an alien planet where the incestuous offspring of two stranded astronauts struggle to survive) last night won the UK's top science fiction prize, the Arthur C Clarke award.
Listen up here is your advance warning that the Second 24 Hour Flash Fiction Challenge, being run by the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival and UrbanFantasist.com, starts THIS Wednesday (1st May) at 5:30pm and closes at 8:00pm on Thursday 2nd May.
I'm childishly excited that on Tuesday I'll be interviewing Ray Kurzweil, the Futurists' Futurist, in London as part of the LawTech Futures event.
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