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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Throw Grandma out the Airlock
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The Triangle : A Serial Box Original

14 May 2019

The first season of Triangle has launched on Serial Box and my first episode (episode three) is out!

Things are about to take a serious turn into the land of all things weird in Sylvia Spruck Wrigley's episode, The Moon People.

Episode 1 is free to read or to listen to so head over to Serial Box to see what you think!

You can also read a review on the website of Author JC Nelson: The Triangle - A Review.

If you want the whole series, then you can subscribe for a 25% discount by using the discount code TRIANGLE25.

I'm super proud of this project and so happy to see it out in the world!


SuperScience Me: Old Women in Science Fiction

24 April 2019

Superscience Me, a great podcast about science fiction and fact, interviewed me about my project to find science fiction novels which include old women as major characters.

You can listen to the podcast here: [Episode 22]

For Superscience Me Sylvia talks about her hunt for such SF books and about her previous findings. Spoiler: There are the strangest correlations; for example if you are an old women in a SF novel, you are likely to be a politician and/or a bodysnatcher; if you are black, female AND old, you are likely to have survived the apocalypse.

Find Sylvia's work on her website, where you can also sign up for the "Old Women in SF"-Mailing List & on Twitter. If you can think of any SF that features old women, contact her and add to the list!

I met Sylvia at the Conference "Worlding SF" in Graz last december, where she presented the first findings of the list-project under the amazing title "Throw Grandma out the Airlock". More on this great conference and all the "SF Worlds" that where presented there you find in our 16th episode.

You can sign up for the Old Women in SF mailing list by contacting me directly or filling in the form on intrigue.co.uk.


Sylvia is creating international incidents...

3 April 2019

I'm excited to tell you that I am now on Patreon, writing about interesting people and complicated places and goats.

A lot of my work right now is about my exploration of Estonia, a country I wouldn't have been able to find on a map if you'd asked me five years ago. I write about culture and Google Translate and day-drinking and Russian butchery techniques. Working out whether I should take my clothes off for the sauna or not has fed my social anxiety for the past year. Public transport is its own challenge and nothing makes me as nervous as getting on a bus with a driver that I can't understand on a route that heads straight to Russia.

I would love it if you came and joined me: https://patreon.com/akaSylvia


If This Goes On out now

5 March 2019

I am proud to be a part of the anthology "If This Goes On", the science fiction future of modern USian politics, edited by Cat Rambo and published by Parvus Press.

The anthology includes thirty writers who've written about their vision of the future, including my story, The Choices We Make.


Finally! I can tell you about The Triangle!

1 December 2018

I've been working on this all summer and I am super excited that the pre-order has launched! Expect more information in the next month or two.

Two massive hurricanes hit the Bermuda Triangle region and soon ships and planes start disappearing...
Join Dan Koboldt, Mindy McGinnis and Sylvia Wrigley in solving the mystery of The Triangle!

Find out more at Serial Box


14 May 2019

The Triangle : A Serial Box Original

24 April 2019

SuperScience Me: Old Women in Science Fiction

3 April 2019

Sylvia is creating international incidents...

5 March 2019

If This Goes On out now

1 December 2018

Finally! I can tell you about The Triangle!

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.

Read more…

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

Jul 2019

Estcon 2019

Aug 2019

Worldcon 77

Aug 2019

TitanCon (EuroCon 2019)

19 to 21 July 2019

Estcon 2019

Udu Farm, Jõgevamaal, Estonia

15 to 19 August 2019

Worldcon 77

Dublin, Ireland

TBA


22 to 25 August 2019

TitanCon (EuroCon 2019)

Belfast, UK

TBA



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, Jõgevamaal, 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



Other Publications

Essays

Short stories

Translations

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
Translations
Catalan
The Front Line
Catarsi – November 2014
Chinese
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
Estonian
French
Galician
Polish
The Front Line
Szortal – September 2015
A Letter From Your Mother
Szortal – September 2015
Portugese
Romanian
Alive, Alive Oh
Fantastica – Summer 2014
The Front Line
Fantastica – September 2013
Russian
Spanish