Late winter is a time for hibernating with a good book. I recommend this dark and witty Gothic tale set in Russia's snowy wastes. VAMPSOV’s cover promises a high-concept horror story and it does not disappoint. Daniel Ribot has great fun with a secret war between ancient aristocratic vampires and Red Army cadre at the very moment Stalinist purges are devastating Soviet Russia.
You are all invited to SCP's first event of 2020: Siobhan Logan's talk at DMU tomorrow.
Welcome back! We're halfway through January already, which means that there are only two weeks left until the submission window for our first anthology closes FOREVER.
In case anyone missed the announcement last week, we have decided to keep our submission window open past the original deadline of the 22nd of December.
As the new Space Race gathers momentum with Elon Musk's latest launch of a 'Blade Runner Cybertruck', destined for Mars, Space Cat Press boldly pushes on with our own mission. This month we're celebrating our first book award, opening a submission window for our first anthology and speaking to local astronomers at the National Space Centre. It's busy up here on the star-trail!
Submissions are now OPEN for our SCP's first ever anthology, "Race For The Stars!'
Talking of reaching for the stars and finding Earth, can we all doff our helmets to Alexei Leonev who passed away this week? What an extraordinary man. In those early days of space travel, the Space Race recruited plenty of courageous explorers. But rarely were they so articulate about what they experienced, so artistic in their vision. Leonev is best known for undertaking the first ever space walk or EVA. His own paintings show him as a white suit hanging on an umbilical cord above the blue planet. The dark visor reflects the deep, leaves us to guess the emotions of a man untethered from his homeworld.
As Space X's Starship rocket takes to the skies this October, Space Cat Press unveils our own out-of-this-world series of launch events. Our first title, Desert Moonfire: The Men Who Raced to Space is now on sale. To mark its lift-off, we invite you to a book fair, a FREE writing workshop and a book launch featuring model rockets, moon cake, and an explosive story! All this and our first open submission window coming up.
Does the world need another movie about a middle-aged white man riding a spaceship into the dark to save the world? AD ASTRA is a conspicuously old-fashioned film. Yet its weary dystopian mood belies the gripping space adventure tropes. The movie’s true subject is how the Right Stuff of Space Race heroism morphed into the Toxic Maculinity of our own age. As Brad Pitt pursues long-lost father Tommy Lee Jones to the ends of the solar system, the male heart-to-heart has never been more one-way or awkward.
SEMIOSIS is an extraordinary First Contact novel where humans are the alien invaders. It isn’t the first to feature intelligent plant life but this is no 'Day of the Triffids'. Burke's talking plants will rewire your synapses. Unpredictable, urgent, occasionally bloody, the story is page-turning yet its characters and themes embed themselves deeply. Like snow-vine thorns.