Me stood at the wheel of a ship wearing a grey t-shirt

I’m penwing or Alex. I live in Warrington UK. I talk a lot about UK Politics, Queer things and general Geek things. I talk about books I read (mostly scifi and fantasy and queer), shows and movies (sci-fi, fantasy, queer, animation puppets) TTRPGs and boardgames I play, theatre and baking and cooking.

I stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the Oxford Comma.

I’m also practising at being a Feminist Killjoy – in a “I need to get better at this” kind of way.


You may have come to the conclusion I’m queer. I’m non-binary and (generally) attracted to guys and non-binary folks. “Gay” is a shorthand when I can’t be arsed explaining all that, but queer is what I have settled on over many years.

I use they/them pronouns, although was surprisingly happy with how well e/er/eir worked on page – but dread trying to ask IRL people to use them…

Some Favourites

Non-Genre Reading

  • Victor Hugo – Les Miserables, Notre Dame de Paris
  • Arthur Ransome – Swallows and Amazons

TV and Film

  • Babylon 5
  • Sense8
  • Farscape
  • Orphan Black
  • Nimona
  • Luca
  • But I’m a Cheerleader
  • Chucky
  • Dark Crystal Age of Resistance
  • The Haunting of Hill House


  • Battlestar Galactica Boardgame
  • Betrayal at House on the Hill
  • Scythe

Genre Reading

  • Mervyn Peake – Gormenghast
  • Ursula le Guin – Earthsea, the Hainish Cycle
  • Robin Hobb – Realm of the Elderlings
  • Samuel R Delaney – Dhalgren, Neveryon
  • Samuel J Miller – Blackfish City, The Blade Beneath, Kid Wolf and Kraken Boy
  • Becky Chambers – The Wayfarer Series, Monk and Robot
  • Ada Palmer – Terra Ignota series
  • RB Lenberg – The Unbalancing, the Four Profound Weaves, Birdverse
  • NK Jemisin – The