A selection of images including the cover to Titanic Terastructures, A Quiet Afternoon 2, Thirty Years of Rain, New Maps, Shoreline of Infinity, K-Zine, Flotation Device and Magical Crime Scene Investigation.
In the centre are two painted images, one of a frazzled ginger haired woman drinking tea and one of a Sikh gentleman holding a bucket and sword and facing pink tentacles

Thirty Years of Glaswegian Story Building

UPDATE: Now available from here; Lulu shop page and Amazon print edition and Kindle edition

Did you know that the Glasgow Science Fiction Writers Circle was started thirty years ago? Well now you do.
Off the back of a writing course run by Duncan Lunan a small group began to meet regularly to critique each other’s work and encourage one and all to better and bolder things.
Also to go the pub, but that was a minor part.

Well, not the main part.

Well, not the only part.

OK, so mostly there was a lot of sitting in pubs talking about the state of  genre fiction, but also occasionally writing was worked on and eventually people got published. Very good people.

People such as Gary Gibson, Hal Duncan, Neil Williamson, William King, Michael Cobley amongst many others.

I first popped along in the mid-Nineties and spent a lot of time feeling hugely inadequeate, before running away to Englandshire and letting all that sort of thing lapse. But, on my return to Glasgow I took up the pen again and eventually returend to the circle, who have been nothing but encouraging as I show them my scribblings. Without their help I would never have had any of my stories published

To celebrate their milestone the Circle are bringing out an anthology with thirty stories by people who have been at the circle over the years. It’s called Thirty Years of Rain (it is Glasgow based after all) and the glorious cover graces the top of the page.

I’ll post links to it as they appear but there is a launch on the Saturday of Fantasycon in Scarborough this year (three o’clock on Saturday with Newcon if I remember rightly) and on the 30th of September at the Sauchiehall Street Waterstones in our own rainy Glasgow.

Details are here

Do please come along, meet some of the brilliant people who are in the book and maybe even buy a copy. We’ll probably go to the pub afterwards.

And yes, I am in it, with a wee short about refugees that, if you ever think my mind has slipped its moorings, this will only add to the evidence. It’s silly.

By way of getting your imagination off on completely the wrong foot here is a Pulp-O-Mizer cover that is totally misleading about the story.

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6 responses to “Thirty Years of Glaswegian Story Building”

  1. Cameron Johnston avatar

    3pm, alongside NewCon Press in the Main Ballroom of The Grand hotel 🙂 …unless they change it of course.

  2. Michael avatar

    You're way too modest – it's a lovely story.

  3. Brian M. Milton avatar

    Not yet read the other stories, waiting for the physical thing, but I've heard great things about it all.

  4. Brian M. Milton avatar

    I'll see if I can drag myself out of the bar for it. 🤔

  5. Raj avatar

    Is there any way to buy it online, as I'm not sure I'll make the Waterstones event?

  6. Brian M. Milton avatar

    There will be on both Lulu and Amazon. I'll post up details just as soon as they are ready.

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