What with the Hugo Awards this weekend there’s been a lot of- very justified- talk about Astounding editor John W Campbell’s horrendous politics and views on ethnic minorities. The man was dreadful and people have been saying this for decades. But another facet of the man is often overlooked: he was a complete tool. A […]
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A few years ago I wrote a post on my old blog about the value of drawing your characters before writing your novel (and then another post where I broke out the pencil crayons). In short, it’s a process that get’s me to empathise with the characters and slip into their world, at least a […]
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Only once has an SF story captivated me so much that I went on eBay and bought the magazine it originally appeared in. What surprised me (and perhaps shouldn’t have) is the illustrator’s inability to visualise such a strange and unique future. Heck, the illustrations are old-fashioned even for 1966: C’mell, a woman fighting for […]
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Mike Glyer’s File 770, mayhap the finest news organ in online SF fandom, run a semi-regular feature where people send in pictures of their cats asleep upon speculative fiction novels. Looks like The Scalpel made the grade! See below: http://file770.com/cats-sleep-on-sff-james-worrad/
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I’ve been a little quiet on here of late and I hope the reasons are now manifest: I’ve been acquiring representation (with all the manuscript tweaking that necessitates). Max is an excellent agent who came highly recommended by someone in genre publishing and its easy to see why. Max has a profound grasp on the […]
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I found the 1945 British movie The Wicked Lady on YouTube last night. All I knew of it was it was my grandma’s favourite movie (her second was Citizen Kane on account it was ‘very clever’) and every time it came on the cinema grandma would take my mum to see it. I never met […]
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Every fan of Dune will have no doubt taken immense interest in the cast of Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation coming to our screens this December. It’s fair to say we’ve been proffered an embarrassment of acting riches. Gratifyingly, there’s been no crowbarring of major names into inappropriate roles, like Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise as Duke […]
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