PhD update – May 2019

It’s been a while since my last PhD update, and a lot has been happened since my last blog in February. Since I last posted an update I’ve published a journal article, approved a proof on a book chapter, and even appeared on national radio! And this isn’t even to mention my podcast, website work and the small matter of my thesis…

It’s all going on!


As the time of writing, my article in Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction has just gone to press. My copy is currently in the post, and I will share pictures as soon as it is out.

I’ve also just recently received a proof for my chapter in Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy, which will be coming out later this year.

Meanwhile, Brian (my supervisor) informs me that work is well underway for Fuzzy Revolutions, in which I have two chapters on 1960s sci-fi, looking at themes of War and the Moon respectively. The work has been done from my side at least, and now I’m just waiting for everything else to come together. I hope to have more updates on this towards the end of the calendar year.


The In The Zone podcast continues to go from strength to strength. We’ve now published over a dozen pods, with several more already recorded and ready to launch over the coming weeks. We also now appear on iTunes and Spotify, which means we can now reach significantly wider audiences.

It was a bit of a learning curve to start with, but I think we’ve improved over time, and we’ve covered a lot of really interesting topics. Listen for yourself and see what you think.

In the news

Earlier this month, I featured in an interview article published in the Daily Star on the subject of new DNA-based ‘robots’ produced by scientists at Cornell. I was then later invited to speak on talkRADIO to pass comment on this same story. It was my first ever live radio performance, and I admit, it was more than a little nerve-wracking, but I learnt a lot from the experience and will definitely do better next time I’m invited onto the airwaves! See more examples of my research engagement.

Interview with M.J. Ryder (Mike Ryder) featured in the Daily Star, 4 May 2019

Author talk

Back in April, I was invited to give a talk at Margate Library, to share my experiences as a writer, and talk about my young adult novel, The Darkest Hour. Tickets for the event sold out, and I received a lot of positive feedback from all those who attended. I’ve also been invited back to talk to some of the writing groups based in Thanet who meet at the local libraries. More updates as and when I have them.

M.J. Ryder author talk at Margate Library, April 2019

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