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Irradiating the Object - an interview with M John Harrison

Novaswing book coverOne of Britain's leading science fiction and fantasy writers and critics, M. John Harrison came to the University of Warwick on 21 August 2014 for a conference on his work.

Harrison was the agenda-setting literary editor of Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds and as the conference web site said he "..persistently upsets distinctions between genres and between literary and popular fiction, and challenges our desire for the fantastic. His fiction – whether space opera (The Centauri Device, the Kefahuchi Tract trilogy), near-future thriller (Signs of Life), ironic post-apocalypticism (The Committed Men), weird horror (The Course of the Heart), magic realism (Climbers) or sword’n’sorcery and baroque fantasy (the Viriconium stories) – unerringly charts transformations of British social, political and physical landscapes."

One of the conference organisers, University of Warwick researcher Rhys Williams, took the opportunity to interview Harrison about his work. To hear the interview click on the play button, top right.