I’m very honoured to announce that my rant essay ‘Science fiction is here, it’s just not evenly distributed’ has been included in a new non-fiction collection Speculative Fiction 2012, which ‘celebrates the best in online non-fiction – the top book reviews, essays and commentary of the year. This first volume, edited by bloggers Justin Landon (Staffer’s Musings – US) and Jared Shurin (Pornokitsch – UK), collects over fifty pieces from science fiction and fantasy’s top authors, bloggers and critics.’

I say honoured because well, wow – look at that line-up: Joe Abercrombie, Niall Alexander, Liz Bourke, Maurice Broaddus, Niall Harrison, Dan Hartland, Kameron Hurley, Thea James, N.K. Jemisin, Paul Kincaid, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Jonathan McCalmont, Martin McGrath, Aidan Moher, Abigail Nussbaum, Christopher Priest, Adam Roberts, Maureen K. Speller, Aishwarya Subramanian, and Lavie Tidhar among many others. Phew. Basically it’s a big fat book stuffed full of clever stuff by clever people that know a lot more about this shit than I do.

Print copies are out now on Amazon UK and Amazon US, with ebook versions to follow soon. Plus the profits all go to the excellent charity Room to Read, so if you don’t go and buy one right now you’re history’s greatest monster.

In other news, the Paintwork short film we made has been going gangbusters. We passed 20,000 views earlier this week, so all I can say is a massive thanks to everyone that checked it out. It also had nice things said about it by Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling and some guy called William Gibson. Mental. If you’re in London next weekend and fancy seeing it on the big screen it’ll be being shown as part of Sci-Fi London’s Mirror Mirror event on May 5th – more details about that in the next couple of days, so stay tuned.