Month: April 2020

Hugo & Nebula Award 2020 Nominees – Reading Update

If you’ve not yet seen my posts on the Hugo Award Nominees 2020 and the Nebula Award Nominees 2020, then check them out now for a list of all the nominees in the novel, novella, novelette and short story categories. This year, I’ve challenged myself to read all of the nominated novels and short stories, and at least some of the novellas, before the award winners are announced later in the year. I’ve been promising an update for a while, so finally here it is! I’ve not read any of the novellas or novelettes, but have made progress in reading …

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Playing Board Games Online with Board Game Arena

As anyone who knows me will be well aware, I’m a keen board gamer. Normally, my wife and I host board game evenings with friends a couple of times a week. At the moment though, due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, this isn’t possible due to social distancing. We have however, replaced these with online games evenings. One way of doing this is via video conferencing – if you each have a copy of the game, this works okay. However a better way of doing this is using an online board gaming platform. The best of these in my opinion …

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SF Awards 2020 Part Two – Hugo Award Nominees

Last month I wrote about the Nebula Award nominees, and also my reading challenge to read all of the nominees (well, novels and short stories at least, plus some of the novellas/novelettes). I promised an update, which hasn’t materialised yet, but I’ll get to that soon, promise. In the meantime, here’s the Hugo Award nominees which came out this week, which I’m adding to my challenge. It’s worth noting that there’s *a lot* of categories for the Hugos. I know this because I watched the live stream of the nominees being announced and it went on, like, half an hour. I’m not …

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The Last Service by Steve Haywood

I don’t tend to self-publish stories, preferring to get stories published in literary/genre magazines and websites. However I posted one at Christmas last year, and thought I’d post another one today as it is Easter. This is the story of a church that is closing down, causing one elderly churchgoer to reflect on his life as he goes to the last service… It’s obviously Christian in theme and setting, but it isn’t a religious or preachy story so hopefully can be enjoyed by all. The Last Service by Steve Haywood Carefully George buttoned up his favourite blue shirt, willing his …

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