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CONstellations: The ‘What If?’ Question

  The Iron Ghost – Jen Williams (Headline)      The Dagger’s Path (Forsaken Lands Book 2) – Glenda Larke (Orbit)     Sometimes, readers of science fiction and fantasy aren’t looking for mind-stretching quantum physics or incisive social critique. Sometimes, they’re just looking for the literary equivalent of a bar of chocolate after a bad day: […]

The Art of Public Space

  The Art of Public Space: Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City by Kim Gurney (Palgrave Macmillan)     “Someone once described writing about performance art as ‘trying to catch lightening in a bottle,’” says Kim Gurney, a research associate at the UCT African Centre for Cities and author of the recently published The Art […]

The Deception of Light

  Rusty Bell by Nthikeng Mohlele (UKZN Press)     There have been many disgusting men in literature. Of course there is the obvious Alexander Portnoy from Philip Roth’s 1969 novel Portnoy’s Complaint, then there is the disturbed Patrick Bateman from Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho, and let’s not forget Humbert Humbert from Vladimir Nabokov’s […]

Future Banking

  The Con brings you another dose of Gwen Ansell’s sci-fi/fantasy column CONstellations   The Widow’s House (Dagger and Coin Volume 4) – Daniel Abraham (Orbit)     Those who survived the 2008 junk-bond crisis don’t need to be told about the impact of financial instruments. Track such instruments back to the historical era of their earliest widespread […]

Worshiping the Beautiful Game

  Perhaps the problem started because of the distance between the church and our football pitch. My struggle to deal with the authority imposed on me didn’t make things better. The pitch wasn’t so much a football stadium as it was an open space on a slope. It barely had grass, but the ground was […]