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What We’re Reading: Arcadia

TDW: The Hugos have come and gone, and by all accounts the best novel won. Personally I prefer the Clarke Awards mostly because it focuses on science fiction. This year’s line up doesn’t appear to be particularly overwhelming, though of course Children of Time was a delight to read. None of the other books seem particularly appealing, […]


Fire Boy Extract: Roadside Picnic

Extract from Fire Boy by Sami Shah. These things happen. They happen all the time, in fact. And they care not a whit whether we believe in them. What happened to the two men on their drive back from a village in the interior of Sind, for example, really did take place. Tariq and Parvez […]


What We’re Playing: Life is Strange

Mark:  Life is Strange is a completely charming episodic graphic adventure game by Square Enix, the Japanese company best known for the Final Fantasy roleplaying series. The game has won plenty of awards and featured in multiple Best Of 2015 lists. A ‘time-travelling teenager girl simulator‘ is the best short description I’ve seen.


What We’re Reading: Starfish

TDW: I don’t even know what to tell you about Starfish except that it’s gorgeous. But I’ll try my best. Starfish is bad-shit crazy I mean, it’s really depressing and scary and gross and unhappy and has never-ending levels of crazy but it’s also gorgeous. Just not cute-little-baby gorgeous. Blindsight and Echopraxia, Peter Watts‘ most recent books, […]

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What We’re Playing: The Witcher 3

The third installment of the Witcher series of games is by far the best yet, and is one of the better games I’ve played in quite a while. You can blame it for the lack of Fantastica posts from me for the last few months. I don’t play that many games but late last year […]


Fire Boy Extract: The Fare

Extract from Fire Boy by Sami Shah, in both audio and written versions. These stories always happen to someone’s cousin’s brother’s nephew. Muzammil Bangash was, unfortunately for him, just that. His entire family – all the cousins and brothers and uncles included – lived in the same tiny village in Pakistan’s north, in the shadow […]