Here's an update on 2018 the SCI-FI-London 48 Hour Flash Fiction Challenge which is sponsored by Urban Fantasist – that's us! The entries are all in – and we have a shortlist of six, which is now in the hands of our judges.
Not only that but we also have a date and time for announcing the winner: The location is the Stratford Picturehouse in East London on Wednesday 2 May where, following a drinks reception from 7.00pm, the awards ceremony will start at 8.45pm.
Here is the Shortlist (in alphabetical order)...
All My Blood - Simon Bennett
My Electric Friend - Michael Adam Robson
Survival Mechanism - Natalie Dixon
The Charm - Bethan James
Timeless Classic - Mark Huntley-James
Windmills Turn - Sean Mason
And here is a short video about the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival this year...
No, it's not an entry for the Eurovision Song Contest from some obscure Balkan country but the track Wiedźmowa (aka The Witchy Song) from the album Mszarna (Ptarmigan) by Ols aka the Polish singer-songwriter Anna Maria Oskierko. Ols describes her music as Dark-NeoFolk "delving into magical realms of misty forests and mysterious wetlands". (Ols is a Polish word for alder forest growing on swamps and marshes). All vocals, instruments, compositions, lyrics and arrangements by Anna Maria Oskierko.
The Folio Society, who produce gorgeous special editions of books, have just released details and a video of a new edition of H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu.
The edition also includes a preface by Alan Moore who describes the “unease and abhorrence” he felt about Lovecraft’s politics and prejudices, along with his dislike of Lovecraft's prose “burdening each clause with adjectives and archaisms, far too fond of indescribability.” All very valid criticisms but Moore goes on to describe Lovecraft as “One of the twentieth century’s most radical experimental writers” ... “magnificently visionary” adding “I envy your exquisite nightmares.”
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Here's a short (10 minutes) Russian Soviet-era animated film Polygon from 1977 – yes, 40 years ago – warning of the dangers of military AI and robotics. By Anatoliy Petrov. Советский мультфильм. Автор: Анатолий Петров. Has English subtitles.
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