Sci-fi and S.F. – what’s the difference?

I was talking to someone the other day about one of my hobby-horses: the difference between sci-fi and s.f., why you need to have the two separate labels and why you need to be careful about which label you use.  I should say that I love both sub-genres, and for that matter fantasy writing as … Continue reading Sci-fi and S.F. – what’s the difference?


Bumped into @RotwangsRobot the brilliant author of "A is for Arsenic" today, and as a result  feeling vaguely inspired to do some writing.  Striking whilst the iron is hot, I thought I would go with a riff on this #LabLit story.  So without further ado a #flashfiction #drabble. Chronos "I went to see the Professor … Continue reading Chronos

University of Surrey Materials Society: Chartership Café

This is my first reblog. There is a part of me that feels it’s a step too close to plagiarism, a cardinal sin for an academic, but there is some great advice here, so if you are contemplating becoming ‘Chartered’ (or your local equivalent) do have a read.

One thing that I would add is, don’t forget that anyone can call themselves an engineer, but ‘Chartered Engineer’ is a protected title: if you use it without being properly registered, then you are liable to find yourself caught up in legal action…

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20160630_184215 Ian Bowbrick delivering final thoughts during his talk about getting chartered

On the 30th of June, a Chartership Café was held at the University of Surrey as part of a Materials Society event. The event invited Ian Bowbrick, the Director of Professional Development and Membership, to give a talk about what the IOM3 is, what getting chartered (CEng/CSci/CEnv) is and a brief outline of what the application involves, and to answer and questions that the audience might have. Below is a post summarising what I understood from the talk, so for what you may have missed listening, or to those who wished to attend, here is a catch-up for your information:

Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals

The talk started with a quick introduction of the institution of materials, mining and minerals (IOM3), described as one of around 35 professional engineering institutions. The institution covers all aspects of…

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