A sci-fi rock’n’roll odyssey at Clarkesworld

Paul Raven @ 02-06-2010

Long-term readers of this here site are probably aware that my other huge cultural obsession (besides science fiction literature, natch) is rock music, and that I’ve spent some amount of time in the last few years on drawing comparisons and connections between the two scenes.

So imagine my joy (if you will) when I saw that this month’s issue of Clarkesworld contains an article by Jason Heller that traces the history of science fictional futurism and narrative through the canon of rock music since Bowie’s “Space Oddity”! And better still (because this is the multimedia information super-content-highway-tubes, kids) it’s full of embedded video so you can actually hear and see what he’s on about.

Not for the first time (though almost always at moments when I have more than enough pressing demands on my time), I find myself thinking that there’s enough scope for me to write a non-fiction book on the cross-pollination of sf/f/h and rock music… anyone want to crowdfund me to spend a year on that? Maybe Heller would like to co-write… *opens email client*


New Dawn Fades – punk rock speculative fiction zine

Paul Raven @ 17-11-2008

New Dawn Fades cover artThe two things dearest to me would be science fiction and music with loud guitars in it, so what could possibly be better than something that blends them together?

That’s exactly the idea behind New Dawn Fades, a bi-annual print zine that aims to be the crazed hillbilly father at a polygamist shotgun wedding between punk rock, science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, surrealism, magic realism, and the sh*t that’s just plain weird.”

New Dawn Fades is a project of one Jason Heller, who wrote the rather superb story “Behold: Skowt!” that appeared on Apex Online recently – if they turn out to be of equal quality, he’ll be on to a winner. Although destined to be predominantly print, some material will apparently be overflowing onto the New Dawn Fades website, so keep an eye out.