Strange new horizons for my reviewing

You may or may not have noticed that today’s Strange Horizons review of Extended Play: the Elastic Book of Music was written by me.

That’s my first piece for SH, and I’m very chuffed to see it there. It’s always a proud moment to see your work appear in a new venue, especially one as respected as Strange Horizons.

Coincidentally, it was probably one of the hardest reviews to write I’ve ever done, due to the wide range of story styles and genres included in the anthology. Let me know if you think I nailed it.

The prophetic power of dreams

Having already read far too widely than was wise for an eight year old, I spent a lot of my childhood nights haunted by dreams of worldwide nuclear holocaust.

Luckily, by the time I was old enough to have an accurate conception of what that might means in concrete physical terms (the slow encroaching sickness and sloughing of skin as people flee destroyed population centres in vast panicked crowds, for example), I’d stopped having vivid visual dreams – or at least ones that I remembered in the morning.

Last night, I had the most horrendously vivid and factual dream of nuclear holocaust ever.

This morning, the postman delivered my tax return forms*. Spooky.

[* This strikes me as a bit ridiculous. I sent off the form to register for self-employment on April 1st this year, and didn’t receive any money from self-employment until much later that month. But I still have to fill in a tax return form for the four days of the last tax year that I was theoretically self-employed? Strikes me as a bit daft. Still, I guess it’ll be a useful ‘dry-run’ for bext year, when there’ll actually be some figures to go in the boxes.]

The centre cannot hold – politics and moral reasoning

A forthcoming psychology paper is bound to provoke some lively debate on matters political.

In researching the way people reach moral judgements (and finding in the process that an awful lot of it boils down to subsequent justification of instinctive decisions), the psychologists have concluded that people with conservative political attitudes have more subsystems in their moral processing brain centres than their liberal equivalents. Ample opportunity for spin from both sides with those results, I’d say. Watch closely for the first salvoes!

[Cross-posted from Futurismic]