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Pat Murphy [Nov. 21st, 2013|10:52 pm]
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In case you missed it. My From The Attic column this month is on Pat Murphy
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a matter of oaths [Jul. 17th, 2011|09:10 pm]
New review of Helen Wright's A Matter Of Oaths on http://performativeutterance.wordpress.com/2011/07/17/a-matter-of-oaths/
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review [Jul. 7th, 2011|01:29 am]
I review Lisa Goldstein's first new novel in 9 years over at http://performativeutterance.wordpress.com/2011/07/03/the-uncertain-places/

Goldstein is one of the great contemporary American fantasists, I wish she got the credit and sales of some lesser but more successful writers
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Grace After Midnight [Jun. 26th, 2011|02:48 pm]
A review of Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson from The Wire's memoir http://performativeutterance.wordpress.com/2011/06/26/grace-after-midnight/
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(no subject) [Jun. 25th, 2011|08:13 pm]
Over at http://performativeutterance.wordpress.com I've started posting reviews mostly of SF books, with some opinions, and music.

Already there are reviews of Josephine Saxton, Leigh Kennedy, Zenna Henderson, Jacob Polley, and others. Have a look
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The Women Of Solaris [Jun. 25th, 2011|02:26 pm]
A piece about the failure of representation in Solaris Books
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an autobiography in rock parts 1-3 [Jun. 25th, 2011|01:50 pm]


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The City & The City [Jun. 25th, 2011|01:17 pm]
In which I demonstrate why The City & The City doesn't work because it can't work http://performativeutterance.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/the-city-the-naked-city/
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Asylum seeking Daleks -- Attila The Stockbroker [Apr. 28th, 2010|04:49 pm]
(For Ann Winterton)

They claim their planet's dying:
that soon it's going to blow
And so they're coming here - they say
they've nowhere else to go....
With their strange computer voices
and their one eye on a pole
They're moving in next door and then
they're signing on the dole.....

Asylum seeking Daleks
are landing here at noon!
Why can't we simply send them back
or stick them on the moon?
It says here in the Daily Mail
they're coming here to stay -
The Loony Lefties let them in!
The middle class will pay......

They say that they're all pacifists:
that doesn't wash with me!
The last time I saw one I hid
Weeks behind the settee...
Good Lord - they're pink. With purple bumps!
There's photos of them here!
Not just extra-terrestial....
The bloody things are queer!

Yes! Homosexual Daleks
And they're sponging off the State!
With huge Arts Council grants
to teach delinquents how to skate!
It's all here in the paper -
I'd better tell the wife!
For soon they will EXTERMINATE
Our British way of life.....

This satire on crass ignorance
and tabloid-fostered fear
Is at an end. Now let me give
One message, loud and clear.
Golf course, shop floor or BNP:
Smash bigotry and hate!
Asylum seekers - welcome here.
You racists: emigrate!

6 May 2002
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alternative title [Apr. 18th, 2010|11:39 pm]
Is it still Alternative History when a story makes no substantive changes to known historical record but imagines what might have occurred beyond the point where no definitive record exists? Or is that something else? E.g. Agatha Christie's missing days could be explored speculatively without divergence from existing history.
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