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Although this is a site mostly about SFF, it doesn't belong to the Jo Walton who wrote Among Others, The Just City, and many other things. That Jo has a website here, & tweets as @BluejoWalton.

This Jo (@jolwalton) often goes by Jo Lindsay Walton. If you'd like get in touch, use Twitter or go to the gmail woods and look for the tree whose branches spell josephclwalton.

I also have a sort of academic website.

Or you may be looking for the game designer / game design scholar J. Walton.

Things I am to blame for include:

Novels etc.
  • Invocation (Critical Documents 2013), a very long contemporary fantasy. "Neil Gaiman on crack," says Interzone. Neil, can you confirm.
  • Out of print: Marta and the Demons was a very short near future SF novel. But I've now expanded it into  ...
  • I Have Seen You In Forever. A big strange thing that hopefully will be coming out in late 2022 / early 2023.
I'm an editor-at-large for Vector, the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association. Why not become a member? Editor-at-large means I'm less involved than I used to be.

Short fiction
Seven Non-Abolitions (Phase Change)
Please Don't Let Go (Fireside Fiction)
In Arms (Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow's Architecture)
The Internet of Things Your Mother Never Told You (Twelve Tomorrows)
It's OK to Say if You Went Back in Time and Killed Baby Hitler (Big Echo)
The Comedy of the Commons (Economic Science Fictions)
Cowards Are Great! (Cambridge Literary Review, with Samantha Walton)
Notes toward the party as a dead form (Cambridge Literary Review, with Samantha Walton)
The Owl, the Pussycat and the Jetpack (a collection of earlier short fiction, now out of print)

Novel extracts / short fiction
Froggy Goes Piggy (The Long+Short)
Cat, I Must Work! (Big Echo)
Oh God, the Dogs!

A bunch of small tabletop games, mostly written as Alice the Candle. The biggest of these is The Shrike. See more on Also see Sad Press Games.

Economic Science Fiction and Fantasy database
Currently just over a hundred short articles exploring economic themes in science fiction and fantasy. As of 2020, I'm not updating this much myself personally, but very happy to take contributions. I would love it if people would suggest new entries, or submit articles for inclusion. Excerpts and reprints are fine. More suggestions about economics in SF and fantasy by women and people of color are especially welcome. There's a formal call here, but if in doubt, just go ahead & send it! The database is one of those things that sort of grew and grew without a plan. If you have ideas or resources you'd like to share, please get in touch. Some of my own writing about economics and science fiction is collected here.

The Sputniks Awards were an experimental literary award for books published in 2015. The winner was The Fifth Season so I guess the experiment worked.

SFF related essays, entries etc. in 50 Key Figures in Cyberpunk Culture, Cambridge Companion to Economics and Literature, Edinburgh Companion to Science Fiction and the Medical HumanitiesScience Fiction Studies and Foundation.
Academic / creative professional type website.
I have co-edited a collection of essays on labour in contemporary poetry (Palgrave), and two special issues of journals, one on crime fiction and the environment, and one on secrecy in contemporary poetry.
See also Economic Humanities below.

Other Criticism
Newb Maps of Hell Vol. I (Kindle only: UK / US).
On this blog: reviewsexecutive summarynew genre Wednesdayshypothesis ThursdaysMonday's child (the last one all about names in F&SF).
Most of my SF reviews are for Interzone.
Big Echo: Away Day: Star Trek and the Utopia of Merit.
Strange Horizons: Wages for Dreamwork
Ghosts, Robots, Automatic Writing

Sad Press Poetry
Sad Press is the small press I run with Samantha Walton. Sad Press and Joe Luna's Hi Zero also publish the online poetry reviews journal Hix Eros. And I have sometimes written poetry & other things under pseudonyms which are mostly open secrets.

I also used to do Bad Press with Marianne Morris and Jonathan Stevenson.

Organizational & Misc.
Syndicate Series was me, Sam, and Lila Matsumoto. My older poetry blogs were called Everyone's Cup of Tea.

Economic Humanities
I run the Economic Humanities blog. I don't do much with it nowadays though. If somebody would like to collaborate to wake it up a little, I'm all ears. In 2022 I will be doing some things around the intersection of literature, economics, and economic sociology. This will hopefully include finishing a book on economics in contemporary speculative fiction, working title: Liquid Evil: Speculative Fiction, Speculative Finance, and a collaborative book on tabletop games, working title Utopia on the Tabletop.

Science and Technology Studies, Science Communication, Bioethics, Wellbeing
I have also done some work with Sea++ and the Wellbeing Alliance, exploring bringing arts and humanities perspectives and methodologies into spaces traditionally defined by their quantitative approaches.

I also co-wrote Visualising Uncertainty: A short introduction with Polina Levontin, Jana Kleineberg and others, published by AU4DM in 2020.

Also Communicating Climate Risk: A Toolkit.

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If you want to get in touch, I'm on Twitter as @jolwalton, or go to gmail and ask for josephclwalton. & sort of on Tumblr & very much on Patreon. & actually technically have an Instagram.

Blogs blogs blogs blogs. Here's the "about" post I wrote when I started this blog, back when it was still called The Lorraine Concern. Things haven't really worked out the way I planned. Some important stuff to think about now:

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