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Will Save The Galaxy For Food – Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw

Let me just get this out of the way: I am not the biggest sci-fi fan out there. What I’ve read, seen and played over the years I’ve enjoyed, but I’m quite picky about what I consume in the genre of ‘scientific fictionalness’. I don’t own any Peter F. Hamilton (because I try to make a habit of not owning literature that needs to be … Continue reading Will Save The Galaxy For Food – Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw

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“A Certain Chemistry” – Mill Millington

I believe it was the wise philosopher Haddaway who once asked, ‘What is love?’ (before pleading with people not to hurt him any more). A Certain Chemistry is Mill Millington’s attempt to answer that question in his own dry way. Being a lowly ghostwriter, Tom seems to have yielded to a life of mediocrity, going nowhere in his career. But at least he has his … Continue reading “A Certain Chemistry” – Mill Millington

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Progress: Ten Reasons To Look Forward To The Future – Johan Norberg

It is almost a triumph of humanity that in 2000-and-whatever, we can stare head on into the chasm of our own past and pine for a little thing known as a ‘simpler time’; that bygone era where daffodils were 9ft tall, horses were doughnut flavoured and the sky was made of smiles and opium (memory is a weird thing) Continue reading Progress: Ten Reasons To Look Forward To The Future – Johan Norberg

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“We Have Always Lived In The Castle” – Shirley Jackson

The platitude of the tragic writer is such a cliche, it should be printed on greeting cards. An author channelling some personal disenfranchisement and using it to fuel their prose is about as common as…some very common…thing. Or something (did I ever tell you I used to get paid for professional writing?) Bukowski wrote about his struggles with poverty, his dead end jobs and his … Continue reading “We Have Always Lived In The Castle” – Shirley Jackson

“All My Friends Are Superheroes” – Andrew Kaufman

There’s an old anecdote by retired comedian Lee Evans where he talks about taking his family out to the Formula 1 racing. He regales us with having to stand by the side of the track – after paying £50 – and watching as the racers zip by in a heartbeat. He continues by saying that within half an hour, the same cars came back around … Continue reading “All My Friends Are Superheroes” – Andrew Kaufman

“A Horse Walks Into A Bar” – David Grossman

When it comes to writing a funny story, it is very easy for the novel to falter in the fine art of making people laugh. I’m sure there are humour experts about who can tell you that comedy can be more of a visual performance. There is an element of timing to a joke, or a situational set-up that needs to be established, or perhaps … Continue reading “A Horse Walks Into A Bar” – David Grossman