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Friday Fives: Help wanted!

We love our Friday Fives. They're fun, they're educational, they inspire a lot of debate and when someone else writes them, we get the day off.

Recent Friday Fives have covered everything from cocktails to South African speculative fiction to classic SF by African American authors to apocalyptic pop music. The contributors have been authors and DJs and bloggers and fans and the editor of SFX magazine (ok, that was pretty cool).

We'd like you (yes, YOU) to write us a Friday Five in 2014. If you're reading this blog already, you obviously have amazing taste and we'd like to hear what you have to say.

Our mission, as always, is to take geek culture seriously - and Friday Fives are great opportunity to highlight something new and different. The more your list illuminates or introduces some specific aspect of geekdom, the more useful it is - we don't want 'the five best shows' or 'the five best fantasy books'; instead, think more along the lines of 'the five best post-Buffy shows with supernatural high schools', or 'the five best contemporary fantasy novels from France'.

Open our minds, broaden our horizons and, best of all, entertain us for an afternoon! 


- We're looking for short lists of five items, generally 700-900 words. We run them once a week, generally around lunchtime (UK time).

- We're not really a platform for advertising. The list needs to stand on its own, and not be a cheeky way of providing links to your blog or Amazon page.

- You don't need to be a writer or an editor or other celebrity (cough) or expert. We like hearing from other fans and bloggers. Get us turned on to something geeky and new, please!

- Positivity is key. We don't want lists that are the five worst of anything or the five fails of something. We're trying to turn people on to things, not off of them.

- Management reserves the right to refuse entry. (That is to say, we won't and can't take everything and we have to reserve the right to goodify ungood writery.)

- Scheduling will depend on how many people actually take us up on this. Last time, we got three months of posts right off the bat. 

- Please don't send us a finished list: leave a comment or drop me an email at with your idea, and we'll take it from there.

Bring it on!