Zapped by Emperor Galloway: Portsmouth UKIP, the Homeless and Science Fiction

Horror author and satirist Justin MacCormack examines UKIP’s latest local gaffe through the lens of dark and dystopian science fiction. In the wake of the Grenfell Tower inferno, I expected there to be a respectful pause before our politicians began calling for a purge of the poor. But no, UKIP quickly stepped up to the Read more

Portsmouth Writers’ Season: Tom Harris

We present an excerpt from chapter one of Tom Harris’ new novel, The Sweep, a fantasy adventure set in an alternative, steampunk-inspired London. This is a capital divided by wealth and corruption, run by a fractured law, where monsters haunt the night and where the downtrodden slave to survive; it is a time of Masters Read more

Portsmouth Writers’ Season: Chris Campbell

We continue our series showcasing the cream of the Portsmouth literary scene with ‘Delta 2418’, a riveting aviation adventure story by Chris Campbell. Delta 2418 was a normal transatlantic flight from Boston, Logan to London, Heathrow. It was an early evening flight and the Boeing 767 was full to capacity with a mixture of business Read more

Review: The Journalism of HG Wells: An Annotated Bibliography

Portsmouth University senior lecturer Tom Sykes reviews a recent bibliography of the works of HG Wells, who, before he was famous, worked as a draper’s apprentice in Portsmouth in the 1880s. There’s the aroma of a labour of love about this first ever full-scale Wells bibliography. Its compiler, the late US scholar David C Smith, spent Read more

Springtime in Chernobyl Part II

When the Easter break comes round some people like to holiday in Spain or Italy. Not so Portsmouth-based writer and planetary modeller David Angus. He plumped for Chernobyl and here’s the conclusion of his extraordinary tour of the post-disaster zone. Not far from Chernobyl power station was a kindergarten.  The building’s colours were close to monotone Read more

Springtime in Chernobyl Part I

When the Easter break comes round some people like to holiday in Spain or Italy. Not so Portsmouth-based writer and planetary modeller David Angus. He plumped for Chernobyl… Why Chernobyl? Good question. It’s not that easy to answer, but I also couldn’t resist the title. Although the main reason for going to Kiev was the science Read more

A Polar Bear in Southsea: Part IV

The fourth part of J.S. Adams compelling eco-apocalyptic drama, in which climate change brings an iceberg to the south coast and a polar bear to Southsea, encountering some of Portsmouth’s most memorable residents along the way. The Rose Garden in Southsea was not always so rosy. Gatling guns, anti-tank air cannons, sand bags and barbed Read more

A Polar Bear in Southsea. Part II

JS Adams vividly imagines Portsmouth in the throes of eco-apocalypse in the second part of his serialised story. Just a typical morning stroll with the family and their dog along Southsea seafront promenade would soon prove a small disaster for one Derek Osmand. He only wanted a quiet life and a simple excursion along the beach Read more

A Polar Bear in Southsea – Part I

In the first part of a serialised story, JS Adams vividly imagines Portsmouth in the throes of eco-apocalypse. The first sighting of the icebergs was on February 19th. It would not have been unusual if the icebergs had been spotted in Scotland, but these were breaking away from the shelves of the Arctic Circle and Read more