Art of Science Fiction 102: Hassan Hameed Tabrizi

Something different for this week’s Art of Science Fiction. We get to see an alternate version of our world, or maybe a future happening, a dystopian dieselpunk nightmare of apocalyptic proportions. Oily, smoke-filled scenes of urban decay, strewn with the skeletal remains of robots and war machines, gutted and wasting away. Grunge-looking mech tech that …read in detail

Art of Science Fiction 097: Edvige Faini

Italian freelance artist, Edvige Faini specializes in Concept Design, Matte Painting, and Environment Design for the entertainment industry. She’s worked for several publishing houses, magazines, and advertising studios over the years before moving to Los Angeles to realize her dream of becoming a concept artist. It didn’t take long for Edvige’s talent to get noticed and …read in detail

Announcing the Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists for Science Fiction & Fantasy

Earlier this week, the finalists for New Zealand’s 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award were announced. The award recognizes New Zealand’s top creators in science fiction and fantasy. It’s one of New Zealand’s most recognized awards for speculative fiction. Winners will be announced in a ceremony at LexiCon during the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy …read in detail

“Babylon’s Song” Short-Listed to the Final 2017 Vogel Award Ballot

Woelf Dietrich’s novella, which appears in our book Interspecies, is on the final ballot for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, one of New Zealand’s top prizes for speculative fiction. You may remember that we announced his initial nomination at the end of February, but that was no guarantee of making the final ballot. We couldn’t …read in detail

The Surreal Pandemonium​ Violence and Collapse of Civilization in “High-Rise”

Class warfare reigns in the 1970s styled London high-rise where Doctor Laing (Tom Hiddleston) lives. High-Rise (2015), based on the novel of the same title by famed science fiction author JG Ballard, portrays a surreal, dystopian vision of mayhem and violence compartmentalized into the space of one building. Through Laing, we observe the building’s occupants: …read in detail