Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

About Sylvia

Sylvia
Sylvia
Sylvia Spruck Wrigley was born in Germany on the 7th of March 1968. She spent most of her childhood in Los Angeles but escaped at the end of the 1980s. After a few years of drifting, she moved to England where her accent was irretrievably damaged. She somehow ended up in Estonia with no good explanation. You can contact her by email at sylvia@intrigue.co.uk.

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I will be telling a story at Heldeke on Friday!

25 November 2021

Next week, I'll be performing at Theatre-Bar Heldeke! in Tell Me A Story, a fantastic improv event hosted by Dan le Man.

Six people tell six stories. One of them is a lie. Is it me? Is it one of the others? There is no recording so only those attending the event will ever know for sure.

BUT not all is lost! The show will be live in the theatre and streamed online! You can buy an online ticket and take part on Friday the 3rd of December on the YouTube channel at 19:00 Eastern European Time (GMT+2).

That's 5pm in London and 9am in Los Angeles. Click here to check your local time zone.

This is my second time doing the show and I'm very much looking forward to it.


Estcon 2021 Report in Locus

16 October 2021

My introspective piece on attending a convention in the tail end of the pandemic was published in the October issue of Locus magazine.

THIS ESTONIAN SUMMER would have been right at home at the Locus office in California: Sunny days under brilliant blue skies with just a slight breeze to keep the heat from becom­ing stifling. Perfect for the annual outdoor science fiction convention held at Udu Farm in central Estonia. The event wasn’t confirmed until just a few weeks before, but the vaccination program had reached full throttle and infection rates remained low, dwindling almost to zero in June and July.Estcon is remarkable in that the event is always held outdoors, come rain or shine, which means it is the only convention that has been able to convene safely during COVID times. Precautions are taken. So far, not a single COVID infection has been connected to the event.

Guests were encouraged to bring tents in or­der to allow the existing accommodation to be parcelled out per household. I filled my hot-pink backpack with food and clothes, slung my tent and sleeping bag into a crocheted carrier, and took the train south. This was my third outing with my tent, so I considered myself an old hand. I set up in a shady spot by a stream with only minimal cursing and swearing and very little bloodshed (I accidentally stepped on a small frog).

You can read the whole thing on the Locus website.


Substack Newsletter and Six Words of Russian

9 September 2021

I launched a Substack newsletter over the summer in order to better share my creative nonfiction. This month, the featured essay is Six Words of Russian, telling the story of camping on Aegna and blackmarket beer.

As this was now my fourth time camping, I figured I was an old hand. A forest commuter. A modern-day mountaineer. A middle-aged, overweight, trailblazing adventurer …or at least well on the way to becoming one. I knew exactly what I needed for my trip to Aegna.

My lumpy crochet bag held a tent, an air mattress, a battery-operated pump, a sleeping bag, a small pillow, a kilo of charcoal, and a large metal tea kettle.

My hot-pink backpack, picked up half price at Sports Direct, held a change of clothes, bathing suit, large towel, a flat water bucket, a lantern, a small portable video camera, 600g sliced pork, two types of cheese, 200 grams of flour, salt and yeast so that I could make bread, ground coffee, cream, the espresso hand pump that my daughter gave me, a liter of Coke Zero, half a head of lettuce, two bananas and an apple.

I had everything I needed for an overnight stay. I also couldn’t move.

You can read the whole thing on my newsletter, Accidents and Incidents. While there, please subscribe (it's free!) to receive monthly essays and mishaps.


The Train Station Ateljee in Deep Baltic

30 August 2021

My essay The Train Station Ateljee: Stumbling Across Estonia's Distant History was featured in Deep Baltic magazine.

This is one of my favourite essays that I've written about Estonia and I'm thrilled to have it shared with a new audience.


Shortlisted Photograph for Baltic Island Days

26 August 2021

My photograph taken and submitted while I was camping on Aegna was shortlisted for the photo competition as a part of the Baltic Island Days featuring Aegna. The photograph was displayed on the Pirita promenade for the event. There were over 80 works submitted of which 20 were selected to be exhibited in the pedestrian underpass leading to Freedom Square for the month of October.


25 November 2021

I will be telling a story at Heldeke on Friday!

16 October 2021

Estcon 2021 Report in Locus

9 September 2021

Substack Newsletter and Six Words of Russian

30 August 2021

The Train Station Ateljee in Deep Baltic

26 August 2021

Shortlisted Photograph for Baltic Island Days

Sylvia's Books

Without a Trace 1970-2017

Without a Trace 1881-1968

Wail

Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2003

Domnall and the Borrowed Child

The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2002

Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2001

You Fly Like a Woman

Without a Trace 1970-2017

Without a Trace 1970-2017

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 in 2014 is considered the greatest aviation mystery of our time but it does not stand alone. How could a military pilot chasing a glowing unidentified object disappear from radar in an instant? How did India's military misplace five fighter jets? Did a young Australian pilot flying over the Australian coast really get abducted by aliens? These questions and more are explored in Volume 2 of Without a Trace.

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Without a Trace 1881-1968

Without a Trace 1881-1968

For many, aviation still brings with it an air of mystery, a century-long magic trick. Though most of us will board an aircraft at some point in our lives, we know little about how they work and the procedures surrounding their operation. It is that mystery that makes these losses, such as the vanishing of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, so terrifying.

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Wail

Wail (as Kenzie McLaughlin)

Wail is a story of friendship and death. Not necessarily in that order.

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Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2003

Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2003

Why Planes Crash Case Files: 2003 follows eleven aircraft disasters from 2003, detailing how the accidents happened and how they might have been avoided. This "CSI for aviation enthusiasts" series examines both the history and the current climate of aviation to unravel the instigating events which led to these catastrophes.

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Domnall and the Borrowed Child

Domnall and the Borrowed Child

The best and bravest faeries fell in the war against the Sluagh, and now the Council is packed with idiots and cowards. Domnall is old, aching and as cranky as they come but, as much as he'd like to retire, he's the best scout the Sithein court has left.

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The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

In this age of constant surveillance, it shouldn't be possible to lose a Boeing 777 carrying 239 passengers. It's inconceivable that the aircraft flew for seven hours without anyone noticing that it was up there, completely off track. Yet, that's exactly what happened.

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Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2002

Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2002

The second book in the Why Planes Crash series covers incidents and accidents in 2002, including two in-flight suicides, the Sknyliv airshow disaster, how to write off a Saab 2000, an aircraft collision over the runway, a dramatic river landing, Air China 129’s flight into a Korean mountain, and finally, an in-depth view of the Überlingen mid-air collision.

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Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2001

Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2001

This, the first of the series, deconstructs eleven of the most interesting incidents that the world saw in the year 2001. These include a detailed analysis of the disastrous runway incursion at Linate, the passenger interference leading to the Avjet Aspen Crash and why an Airbus A300 disintegrated over Queens.

Read more…

You Fly Like a Woman

You Fly Like a Woman

Getting a pilot's licence was the furthest thing from her mind – until an ex-RAF instructor suggested that she wasn't competent to do so. The thing is, he could be right. Sylvia has just a few weeks to prove that she can fly as well as any man.

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Events

Nov 2021

Tell Me A Story

Dec 2021

Iceswim festival

Jul 2022

Estcon 2022

5 November 2021

Tell Me A Story

Heldeke! Tallinn, Estonia

5 November 2021 19:00 to 20:00 (UTC+2)

Story Teller


11 to 13 December 2021

Iceswim festival

Noblessner Harbour, Tallinn, Estonia

11 December 2021 17:10 (UTC+2)

Swimmer: Men vs. Women relay race


12 December 2021

Swimmer: 25 metre breast stroke


15 to 17 July 2022

Estcon 2022

Udu Farm, Jõgevamaa, Estonia

Presenter: (TBA)



16 to 18 July 2021

Estcon 2021

Udu Farm, Jõgevamaa, Estonia

22 to 24 June 2021

Gender and Age/Aging in Popular Culture

University of Graz, Austria (virtual)

24 June 2021 11:30 - 12:45 (UTC+2)

Presenter: Old Age and Aging as Represented in Star Trek


2 to 4 October 2020

Futuricon (EuroCon 2020)

Rijeka, Croatia (virtual)

3 October 2020 13:20 - 13:55 (UTC+2)

Presenter: To Oldly Go


17 to 19 July 2020

Estcon 2020

Udu Farm, Jõgevamaa, Estonia

18 August 2020

Presenter: To Oldly Go


22 to 25 August 2019

TitanCon (EuroCon 2019)

Belfast, UK

24 August 2019 10:50 - 11:30

Presenter: Throw Grandma out the Airlock

Lagan A, Hilton Belfast


23 August 2019 16:00 - 17:00

Moderator: Game of Thrones series retrospective


15 to 19 August 2019

Worldcon 77

Dublin, Ireland

15 August 2019 13:30 - 14:20

Presenter: Pushing Grandma out the Airlock

Odeon 5 (Point Square, Dublin)


17 August 2019 12:00 - 12:50

Moderator: Invisible Work: Mothers and Caretakers in SFF

Wicklow Hall 1 (CCD)


19 August 2019 10:00 - 10:50

Panellist: Anniversary: Alcock and Brown

ECOCEM Room (CCD)


19 August 2019 13:00 - 13:50

Autographing

Level 4 Foyer (CCD)


19 to 21 July 2019

Estcon 2019

Udu Farm, Jõgevamaa, Estonia

21 July 2019 13:00 - 14:00

Presenter:
Vanaemad ulmes (Grandmothers in SF)


5 to 7 July 2019

Finncon

Jyväskylä, Finland

6 July 2019 15:00 - 16:00

Presenter:
Gender, race, and humanity in speculative fiction
Old Women in Science Fiction


6 to 8 December 2018

Worlding SF

University of Graz, Austria

6 December 15:30 - 17:00

Chair:
B4: Sex and Gender


8 December 16:00 - 17:30

Presenter:
G3: Age and Aging
Throw Grandma out the Airlock
The Representation of Old Women in Science Fiction


13 to 15 July 2018

Estcon 2018

Udu Farm, Jõgevamaa, Estonia

Guest of Honour


9 to 13 August 2017

Worldcon 75

Helsinki, Finland

9 August 16:00

Book Signing

Signing Area


10 August 15:00

Moderator: Motivation Methods

Room 206


10 August 19:00

Flash Fiction Online

Room 206


12 August 17:00

Moderator: Building You Own Writing Retreat

Room 215


14 to 18 August 2014

Worldcon 72

London, UK

16 August 16:30

Moderator: From Indie to AAA

Capital Suite 16


17 August 11:00

Lizard Wizards in Space

Capital Suite 1


6 to 9 April 2012

Eastercon

Heathrow, UK

9 April 17:00 - 18:00

Social Media in SF

Royal A+C



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Short Stories
The Choices You Make
If This Goes On – October 2018
Two lists discovered folded in the wallet of space explorer Jorge Finnegan after the Reliant wreckage was recovered from Tau Ceti e
Daily Science Fiction – February 2017
To Catch a Comet
Galaxy's Edge – March 2016
Ten Surefire Steps to Romance for the Workaholic Commuter Who Doesn't Make Time for His Social Life
Daily Science Fiction – February 2016
Project Daffodil
Nature magazine – January 2016
The Sex Adventurer’s Handbook to Kuiper Belt Resorts
Expanded Horizons – November 2015
A Foregone Conclusion (with Connor Wrigley)
Jetpack
Daily Science Fiction – March 2015
Tea for Two
SF Comet – November 2014
Alienated
Nature magazine – October 2014
There and Back Again
Daily Science Fiction – September 2014
Space Travel Loses its Allure When You’ve Lost Your Moon Cup
Crossed Genres – July 2014
A Long Way from Home
Nature Futures – July 2014
You Only Live Once
Postmark Andromeda
When the Selkie Comes
Daily Science Fiction – September 2013
Going All the Way
Every Day Fiction – June 2013
Alive, Alive Oh
Lightspeed – June 2013
Vintage Millennial Cookery InfoManual by the Geusian Ladies Society
Crossed Genres – May 2013
The Front Line
Nature Futures – May 2013
When You Come Back Again
Kazka Press – February 2013
A Mother's Love
Crimson Fog – February 2013
Old Flames
Daily Science Fiction – November 2012
Looking for a Knight in Shining Armor
Daily Science Fiction – November 2011
Excerpts from the Geusian Ladies Society Food InfoManual
Foreign Flavours – October 2011
Plague of Locusts
Call It Even
Long and Short Reviews – July 2010
Steven's Dragon
Time Goes By – January 2009
Meat Market
Boston Literary Magazine – December 2008
Darren is Updating his Facebook Status
Every Day Fiction – October 2008
The Banshee
Every Day Fiction – September 2008
Just a Few Miles from Galway
MicroHorror – January 2008
Café Crème
Lily – December 2004
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Catalan
The Front Line
Catarsi – November 2014
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Tea for Two
SF Comet – November 2014
Croatian
The Front Line
Parsek – May 2015
La Paella
Eridan – May 2015
Dutch
The Front Line
Wonderwaan – October 2014
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Polish
The Front Line
Szortal – September 2015
A Letter From Your Mother
Szortal – September 2015
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Alive, Alive Oh
Fantastica – Summer 2014
The Front Line
Fantastica – September 2013
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