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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 […]Read more "John W Campbell: Encounter With A Batshit Freak"
In the first part of this two part series I took a look at my favourite British convention’s, erm… conventions about venue, programme running and the dealer hall accessibility. This time we finish off where all con’s finish off: the bar! The heart of any convention is the bar and–much like a time lord–Mooncon has two: a […]Read more "Mooncon: Britain’s Best Science Fiction convention (Part 2: Bars)"
I’ve been convention-going for–bloody hell!–more than a decade now so I guess I can claim to be something of a, er, well… con-noisseur (sorry). Eastercon, Novacon, Fantasycon: you name it I’ve loitered about in it making a nuisance of myself. All the aforementioned have their individual charms. But by far my favourite is a little-known […]Read more "MOONCON: Britain’s Best Science Fiction Convention"
Part Two of Feral Space is now available to pour into your ears at your leisure. Eleven hours of space opera power read by the incredibly talented Sara Parlier. Yet again Sara’s done an incredible job of evoking my lil’ saga. I love the way she voices my characters. HERE’S A SAMPLE. And here’s […]Read more "The Delighted now out in audio!!!"
Well, the first draft of my latest magnificent octopus is done. And, damn, was it a grueller. Enjoyable, don’t get me wrong, but a heck of a climb. It was, what? Nine months? A rather symbolic amount of time, that. To put it into comparison this latest draft (tentatively called The Dragonfly Girls) is roughly 92,000 […]Read more "Finishing The First Draft Of A Novel (And why they sometimes take forever)"
Found this on my page at SFF Chronicles. Scanned it years ago and put it up there, lost the original painting along the way. Must date from 2008-ish. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I like to sketch/scribble my way into a novel. Helps find the mood. Check out SFF Chronicles. Great forum. And […]Read more "Old Watercolour"
If you’ve been keeping up with my shenanigans (ie, the publication of the first two books of the Feral Space Series) you’ll have noticed the gobsmackingly awesome covers. They’re by the artist Duncan Halleck. I’ve been incredibly and undeservedly lucky to get Duncan as my cover artist. Feral is, after all, my debut series. I’d […]Read more "The Visions Of Duncan Halleck"
“About time! I’ve been trying to make you read it these last twenty years!” So texted my pal Matt when I mentioned I’d started reading Red Army by Ralph Peters. It was he who’d sent me a copy. I’d mentioned I needed to engage with military (science) fiction in order to better handle my next […]Read more "Elegy For A War That Never Was: Red Army by Ralph Peters"