Alchemy Press Launch at Fantasycon York

• September 2nd, 2014 • Posted in Appearances, Short Stories

Saturday September 6th at Fantasycon York – Alchemy Press are launching new books!

There will be cookies… (though not, you’ll be glad to hear, made by me…)





A Superb Edward Miller Cover for Urban Mythic 2

• August 6th, 2014 • Posted in Artwork, Short Stories

urban mythic 2 final cover

To find out more about this exciting new collection from Alchemy Press (including my latest short story ‘La Vouivre’) please go to:




I’ll be at LonCon3 in August (Pt 3) Anime/Manga

• July 20th, 2014 • Posted in Appearances, News


Here are the anime/manga (and film/tv) panels I’m taking part in (or moderating):

You Got Your SF in My Anime!

Thursday 19:00 – 20:00, Capital Suite 2 (ExCeL)

If the cliche image of Western science fiction is spaceships and aliens, the cliches of anime SF might be giant robots and cyberspace — so let’s look a little closer. What’s distinctive about anime’s use of SF, in works such as Ghost in the Shell, Spaceship Yamato, Strike Witches or Planetes? What are the lines of influence between the Japanese and Western SF traditions, and what does each have to offer the other?

Sarah Ash (M) , Juan Sanmiguel, Lars Adler, Django Wexler, Laura Mauro

Manga Evolutions

Friday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 2 (ExCeL)

Manga developed in Japan as a syncretic reaction to American comic books from an indigenous art perspective, to become a unique style of sequential art.

Manga has since emerged from Japan to become a vibrant style adopted by creators in other countries.

What are the more interesting and existing transformations that Manga has undergone in Japan, and outside its birthplace? What is the future of Manga as an art expression in the 21st century?

Zen Cho (M) , Sarah Ash , Emmeline Pui Ling Dobson , Eric Senabre , Kyoko Ogushi

The Girls Who Waited

Friday 19:00 – 20:00, Capital Suite 11 (ExCeL)

Last year, in an essay for The Guardian, Anna Smith highlighted the lack of on-screen time-travel stories with female protagonists. In works as varied as Doctor Who, Quantum Leap, The Time-Traveller’s Wife, About Time, The Terminator, and Back to the Future, women are either companions or observers. Is this simply a question of men being given an agency denied to women, or is there something more complex going on? What stories is time travel being used to tell? Which films and TV shows do feature time travelling women? Which women are allowed to travel, and what do their stories have in common?

Russell Blackford (M), L. M. Myles , Sarah Ash, MaryAnn Johanson, Andy Duncan

Queering Anime

Monday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 5 (ExCeL)

Anime and manga feature queer content often enough that multiple recognised subgenres exist, from bara to yaoi. But when are these depictions empowering, and when do they reinscribe conservative understandings of gender and sexuality? Where can we can find positive explorations of genderplay and gender performance in anime and manga?

Sarah Ash (M) , Arwen Grune, Kendra Leigh Speedling, Ciaran Roberts, Amy Young






I’ll be at LonCon3 (Pt 2) Music

• July 19th, 2014 • Posted in Appearances, Music, News


Music Composition & the Fantastic

Friday 11:00 – 12:00, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL)

On the day of the Symphonic concert, panelists discuss musical composition, with an eye on the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. What makes the sound of the future, and other elements of the stories of the fantastic? What are the technical aspects? What are the characteristic examples and creators?

Isabella van Elferen (M), Sarah Ash, Katie Lynn Daniels , Gary Lloyd, Ada Palmer

Music as (Universal) Communication

Sunday 11:00 – 12:00, Capital Suite 5 (ExCeL)

Panellists discuss music and communication. Could it be the basis for a universal language, given its mathematical basis, centrality to most human cultures and psychology and use by many other species?  Why first contact might be via music (Close Encounters). Music on space-probes…

Sarah Ash (M) , Jack William Bell, Tim Griffin , Kevin McVeigh, Isabella van Elferen


I’ll be at LonCon3 in August (Pt 1)

• July 19th, 2014 • Posted in Appearances, News


I’m very much looking forward to taking part in Worldcon at ExCel, London from 14th-18th August. I’ll post my panels in three parts; first of all, here are the literary ones – plus a (shared) Kaffeeklatsch and, yes, a reading:

Adult Readers Within the YA Market

Saturday 13:30 – 15:00, Capital Suite 10 (ExCeL)

Age recommendations on books are meant to be a useful feature for readers. What are the risks and benefits associated with age classification, and is it a necessary evil or a marketing mistake? And what’s all this we hear about the emerging “New Adult” market? Will this have on YA books? Moreover, how do the growing number of adult readers affect the YA market? Are we leaving actual young adult readers behind in favor of attracting adult buyers?

Sarah Ash , Joshua Bilmes, Ben Jeapes , Bella Pagan


Saturday 17:00 – 18:00, London Suite 5 (ExCeL)

Sarah Ash , Jonathan Oliver

Seeing the Future, Knowing the Past

Sunday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 7+12 (ExCeL)

Fantasy’s use of prophecy – knowable futures – often parallels the way it treats the past, as something both knowable and stable: details of history known from a thousand years back, kingly bloodlines in direct descent for several hundreds of years, etc. In reality, George I of England was 58th in line for the throne and there is a Jacobean claimant still out there somewhere. No one really knows where France originated. History is messy and mutable. Why is fantasy so keen on the known?

William B. Hafford (M), Sarah Ash , Liz Bourke , Karen Miller, Kari Sperring

Reading: Sarah Ash

Sunday 18:30 – 19:00, London Suite 1 (ExCeL)