Gallifrey 2016

In a few minutes I’m starting the first leg of my epic journey to Gallifrey One. It’s particularly epic this year as thanks to a major bridge being out for at least the next month, and a change in airport, it’s become rather more complicated. I would be worried except I actually know where stuff is in Edinburgh, so everything will actually be totally fine. FINE. Yes. (If you don’t here from me, I got lost on the tram at 4am.)

But yes, Gallifrey! Loveliest of cons, full of Doctor Who fans, friends, and joy! I’ll be there all weekend along with a couple of my Verity! cohorts and many, many, many other delightful people (Michelle Gomez!! My quest for the weekend is to overcome Teh Fear and get her autograph without making a total idiot of myself), and here is where you can find me:

Saturday 12:00pm

Verity! Podcast Meet-Up – all the attending Verities will be here! And there will be Verity-related swag! (On a first come, first served basis!) And ribbons! And we would be delighted to meet YOU. (Really, cons have be quite intimidating, especially when you only know a few people, and being ridiculously shy (I am – I may not sound it on the podcast, but I’m with friends there) I know what it can be like, so come along, and meet some lovely new people, and we are lovely really, I promise.)

Sunday 12:00pm

Farewell, Impossible Girl  – Clara panel! Super excited, for I love Clara and her ways and her amazing winning over of my heart.

Sunday 2:00pm

Verity! Podcast’s “In Defense Of” – This is very much audience participation and fun and joy, and I shall be bringing with me DELICIOUS SCOTTISH SWEETS OF SCOTTISHNESS as a wee gift for all the brave participants. I had intended to spread the delights of the Irn Bru bar, the greatest of all Scottish confections, but, for some reason, possibly health related, they don’t make them any more. But happily, I have found some excellent substitutes.

Farewell, delicious readers! Hopefully see some of you very soon!


Three Lovely Writing Things

Hello, delicious readers! I am currently rather excited as I’m off to The Americas next week, which will be full of convention (Gallifrey One) and friends and larks, but also HEAT. It is NOT FREEZING in California. Oh, for the joy of not dressing like a Yeti!

In the meantime, let me share three lovely writing things of mine that have happened recently:

1) My essay, Quest for an SF/F Grandmother, is now free for all and sundry to read at Uncanny Magazine. (Along with all the rest of issue eight.)

2) I participated in a Mind Meld article at SF Signal a few weeks ago, where I was asked what spaceship I’d most like to captain. I mean, it’s a TARDIS, obviously. But I tried to give answers that didn’t feel a bit like cheating too. (It’s like if I was asked what car I’d most want – Doc Brown’s DeLorean. It’s not precisely cheating, but it is a bit.)

3) I’ve written a book! (A short book, a non-fiction novella…there isn’t an actual non-fiction word for novella length, is there?) It’s for Obverse Books’ Black Archive range, and each book examines a single Doctor Who story in tremendous depth. Mine is on the rather wonderful classic story from Jon Pertwee’s first season, The Ambassadors of Death. It’s out in March, and available for preorder here.

Also the latest episode of Down and Safe just went up. Oh, Amal, we’re so sorry!

Podcast Recs: The Audio Guide to Babylon 5

It’s Podcast Tuesday! (This is a terrible lie…it’s not even Tuesday. Tuesday was delayed horridly by BT Internet going down NATIONWIDE. It was a terribly annoying six hours.)

I don’t care about your Internet problems. What is the name of today’s fine podcast goodness? The Audio Guide to Babylon 5.

And who is responsible for this delicious podcast goodness? Shannon Sudderth, Chip Sudderth and Erika Ensign.

This isn’t a Doctor Who podcast. CORRECT. This is a podcast that discusses each episode of the nineties American sci-fi show Babylon 5, in order, from the beginning.  The podcasters are rewatching and YOU can watch along too, and they have kindly split the show into non-spoiler and spoiler-y sections so people new to Babylon 5 can watch for the first time and enjoy most of the discussion each podcast ep, and this is a particularly excellent feature for B5 since it’s a show that works especially well if you’re not spoilered for it and the idea of watching along with a group of enthusiastic fans who’ll discuss each ep afterwards is quite lovely.

But hang on, you don’t even like Babylon 5! Remember that time you said- SHUSHT. I do like B5. Why on Earth would I buy the entire series on VHS and then again on DVD and rewatch it *mumblemumble* times if I didn’t like it?

You’re a confused person. Yes, but not confused enough that I don’t know what telly I like. My opinion about B5 tends to be irritatingly contrary. Hate B5? I shall defend it! Love B5? I shall think judgily of it. I’M SORRY. I can’t help it, let’s try not to worry too much about it. Left to myself I do enjoy it very much but there are some bits that I find quite dreadful (and, no, not Season One, or that bit of Season Five –  I like the rubbish telepath arc, *and* Infection.)

This podcast really loves the show. That must work out so well for you. Yes. It is a celebration of it. That doesn’t mean they are entirely positive or uncritical, but they are very positive. So while I do occassionally and metaphorically tut at my speakers, that’s nought next to the fact the discussion is always thorough, in-depth, and interesting. In fact, the clever sods have managed to improve my view of quite a few bits of B5, either because of looking at it from a new perspective, a greater appreciation of the complexity or depth of the story, or just sheer yay at stuff.

Are you going to say someting about the accents now? YES. Everyone has smashing accents! It is the best podcast I’ve listened to for accents. I’ve never been put off a podcast by anyone’s voice or accent or such, but I have been yayer at some podcasts because I partic enjoy some voices, and to my ear, this is the best I regularly listen to.

Are you listening to this podcast RIGHT THIS SECOND? I am. It is v good. Really every episode is quite classy. Though I shall give a shoutout to one in particular cause POSSIBLY they have not yet surpassed the glorious Soul Hunters ep with its amazing musical number.

Is this a good time to mention you’ve written B5 fanfiction? GOODBYE.