Friday Five: 50 Final Favourites

Kronk-Yzma-high-five-Emperors-New-GrooveThis is our 162nd Friday Five column. 

Over the past decade, we - with the help of some spectacular guests - have made over 1,500 recommendations - from vegetables to Star Trek novels, cover-tentacles to character-swapsgeek anthems to fanfictions, memes to Pakistani action heroes

Friday Fives only had one rule: be positive. They were always an excuse to talk about something we loved, no matter how niche or geeky or mundane. As a result, we got interesting people, being really passionate, about a lot of very silly things. They were a joy to read and even more fun to write.

Our last Friday Five is a Friday Fifty [actually 58, as 'cheating' is another long-standing Friday Five tradition], as we pick, well, whatever. Enjoy.

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The [End] State of the Kitsch

11001051295_39632b65ee_bOur (slightly belated) annual summary of what happened and what's happening. Or, in our case, what won't be. Please read on.

First, our annual mantra:

There are a lot of reasons we do a thing like this - a website, a blog, a thingazine, whatever you call it. The best of those reasons is that we enjoy doing it. So, as always, when we sit back and reflect upon the previous 365 days, the first question is, "did we have fun?".

...and we did.

But also: not enough.

So we're calling it a day, and we're closing up Pornokitsch at the end of March.

The next month promises to be fun: it has been ten years of deeply-subjective, highly-opinionated, and stupidly-niche material. Let's go out dancing with the partner that brought us. But first, here's what happened last year...

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Jinn, Incorporated, Tékumel, Family, and Other Things

000d1aba-614Us, other places:

Becky Chambers talking about her (alien) family at

Erin Lindsey talks Incorporated for WIRED's Geek's Guide to the Galaxy

Molly Tanzers's short story "Demure" at Great Jones Street... isn't.

Caspian Whistler's A Profound Waste of Time is available for pre-order.

Lessons learned writing (and editing), over on Terrible Minds, with Mahvesh Murad and Jared (...and Claire North and James Smythe and Saad Hossain and Sami Shah)

Mahvesh and Jared pick djinn-adjacent recommendations for Barnes & Noble

...and full-on-jinn reading for

Jared talks Tékumel over at r/fantasy

We're inescapable.

We're looking for... Small Presses and Book Reviewers

Pornokitsch-800wiWe're restarting our series of small press interviews. The last batch was around 18 months ago, and we're keen to support the UK's amazing small press scene.

If you're a small publisher, please get in touch at, we'd love to profile you and hear about your books. Our primary purpose is to showcase British presses, but we're happy to hear about publishers from anywhere in the world. Don't be shy!

On a similar note: if you are a blogger or reviewer, please leave your details in the comments here. We direct all review requests to this page.

Publishers and authors - hint, hint. The above is a great list of reviewers, keen to talk about your work. 



We're taking a quick break, and will be back next week with all our (ir)regularly scheduled cool stuff.

On the horizon: there's more from Kuzhali, Stark, Selena, Molly, Becky, Silvia, Jamie and the One Comic team, our DGLA reviews, some very special guest posts, some super-nerdy data stuff and the start of a brand new feature series. 

Don't forget, if you're a blogger or reviewer, leave your details in the comments here. And if you're looking for blogs to read, well, look there too.

Review Policy

Our policy is that we buy our books, rather than accepting review copies. Please do not send us review copies. 

1. Bloggers and reviewers, please leave your details in the comments. We direct all review enquiries here, to this post and its comments. 

2. Publishers, authors and artists, keep us informed about your upcoming projects in SF/F, crime, romance, Westerns, YA, etc. We will not request a review copy, but we're nosy, and we like knowing what's going on.

3. Small presses, we can profile you and your work in our weekly interview series

The contact details for anything and everything: editor at

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[Updated April 2017]

The 2015 Kitschies Shortlists


Congratulations to all the finalists for The Kitschies - the most tentacular of all literary prizes. 

The award for novels containing "elements of the speculative and fantastic" has revealed their picks for the most "progressive, intelligent and entertaining" titles of 2015. As always, The Kitschies' broad remit has attracted a ton of books - with the judges reviewing 176 submissions from over 40 different publishers.

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