Edinburgh based Noel Chidwick couldn’t foresee how healthily Shoreline of Infinity would grow, when he started it, back in 2015. For those of you who haven’t yet come across it, it is a quarterly magazine of speculative science fiction, with short stories and poetry and a devoted fan base.
Event Horizon is the monthly opportunity for lovers of the genre, to get together in Edinburgh and experience great science fiction happenings. Last night was one such night, #19 to be precise, and as a SF lover based in Edinburgh I went along to the Banshee Labyrinth (which has hosted the event of late). Free admission too! A very good tradition is the Event Horizon Raffle. MC Russell went through some of the goody bags with us, between a pun and the other (I laughed!). There were Star Wars comics, gadgets, jellies and books, donated by Luna Press Publishing.
The evening started with the atmospheric music of L-space, a Scottish group reminiscing of Blade Runner atmospheres. The core members of L-space are Lily Higham, Gordon Johnstone, Dickson Telfer, Maura Keane and Maggie Tam, and they were truly good. You can find out more about them on their website.
Pippa Goldschmidt, astronomer and writer, was next, and what a delightful experience it was to hear her reading flash fiction and poems.
One of her poems has been included in the Scottish Poetry Library’s ‘Best Scottish Poems’ of 2016, and she has many more nominations in other writing fields.
A very entertaining short story from last night, can be found in ‘The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space’, a collection of science-inspired tales.
We were then surprised by the very talented Sam Small, a poet from Glasgow with a quick tongue and an impressive memory. You really need to check out his YouTube channel and enjoy his smart and fast paced poetry.
Last but certainly not least, it was the turn of Ken MacLeod, Scottish SF writer from Stornoway. ken has won many literary awards and was nominated even more times, and for good reasons. His contribution to hard science fiction has enriched the SF genre for the last three decades. You can read a review of The Corporation Wars, his latest book series.
Keep an eye out for future events. I hope to see you there!