Xyr | Xe | IDIC: creating movement, hybridity and change in speculative writing and teaching

How it often starts: with a rush of non-linked ideas. I want to write about flight and apophenia and knowledge in context and about data bias and nonconscious cognitions, and hybridity and speculative spaces, and the joyful upending of inequalities, and the pleasure in being thrilled when reading and discussing … Read more

Melissa Scott’s Invisible Worlds

[T]he invisible world remained invisible, insensible except by metaphor. . . .Yet the invisible and the visible are both there, and the opposite of real is not unreal -Melissa Scott, Night Sky Mine, 8. I was born in 1955, in a small college town in Idaho, an intensely conservative state … Read more

L. D. Lapinski’s Strangeworlds Travel Agency: Queer stories for young readers

On a semi-opaque white square is written “L. D. Lapinski's Strangeworlds Travel Agency: Queer Stries for you readers by Alison Baker”. Below in the bottom right corner is the Glasgow in 2024 Pride logo, and the background is a galaxy cloud in shades of blue and purple going from the bottom left to top right corner of the image.

As a pre-teen girl, I adored Elinor Brent-Dyer’s Chalet School books. Growing up just outside Watford in South-East England and going to what was at the time a rough mixed comprehensive school involved in pitched battles with other local schools, stories set in the Austrian Tyrol, Wales and Switzerland written … Read more