science fiction

That was the Nine Worlds that was

We’ve just returned from great weekend at the Nine Worlds convention! It was a wonderful few days spent meeting other editors, publishers, readers, as well as fans celebrating every aspect of geek culture that you can imagine. We were impressed by the costumes (especially No Face!); humbled by people’s kind comments; inspired by the talks and discussions; heartened by packed rooms of people engaging actively with writers; and quite hungover come Sunday morning.

Unsung Live #3: 27th April, RSVPs open

Unsung Live #3

Wednesday 27th April, 7pm

The Star of Kings

126 York Way, London N1 OAX

After the success and all-round fun of Unsung Live #2, we're happy to announce our return to The Star of Kings for our third evening of storytelling for fans of speculative fiction. The event is FREE but space is limited, so make sure to RSVP on our Meetup page.

Publication: The Beauty

Hot on the heels of our Déjà Vu, Unsung Stories are proud to announce The Beauty has just been published. That's right, twins! (Non-identical) We've got the advances here in the office and they look really rather fine. She's slim, elegant and punches above her weight.

The Beauty is available in paperback with digital formats following later this week. You can get your paperback direct from our store, www.unsungstories.co.uk/store, or order yours in from your local independent bookshop, Foyles, Waterstones, Blackwells, and all the other wonderful retailers out there.

Pre-orders will be going out imminently and you can now go and don't forget to harass your local bookstore until they are compelled to order up our entire stock.

People are saying some very nice things about the book too, with more in that in coming weeks. In fact, on behalf of Aliya and the Unsung scutters, thank you to all those people. In years to come, remember you said it first. 

As to whoever put the novella on the long list for the 2015 British Fantasy Society Awards? We salute you.

Deus Ex Arca and what makes it great

This is an intellectual love letter. Some stories are good. Some are great, and when I say great I mean that staggering kind of great that makes you want to read it again immediately, and then emulate it as best you can. One such example of the latter is Deus Ex Arca by Desirina Boskovich

Teaching in fiction, or how I learned to stop worrying and love cryptology

Here’s an idea to make school more fun, and the world a more considered place: let’s embrace the teaching potential of fiction. As a species we love stories in all forms, so much so that we go out of our way to consume them at every opportunity. So if we’re doing it anyway why not make the most of it?