Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She has won three Nebula Awards, a Locus Award, a British Fantasy Award and four British Science Fiction Association Awards, and was a double Hugo finalist for 2019 (Best Series and Best Novella). A highly versatile author as at home writing space opera murder investigations as she […]
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If you’re a fantasy reader and haven’t read any RJ Barker then stop mucking about and get to it. The author of The Wounded Kingdom and Tide Child trilogies, Barker cooks up beautifully singular worlds and stuffs them full of characters you can’t help but love. Eager to find out more, I clambered onto the […]
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Early last year we got news of an incredible collaboration, authors Gareth L. Powell (Embers Of War series, Ack-Ack Macaque trilogy) and Peter F. Hamilton (Night’s Dawn Trilogy, Commonwealth saga etc) had written a novella together. Well, that’s the British space opera equivalent of Queen and Bowie recording Under Pressure as far as I’m concerned. Light Chaser […]
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Wanderer, travel-blogger, chef, preservationist, fantasy author; Tej Turner has fitted a surprising amount into his young life. But of course it’s the latter pursuit that concerns us here. Having brought us the gritty and surreal urban fantasy of The Janus Cycle, Tej has now leaped into full-fledged epic fantasy with The Avatars Of Ruin series, […]
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Perhaps the most famous work of the late John LeCarre begins: “The truth is, if old Major Dover hadn’t dropped dead at Taunton races, Jim would never have come to Thursgood’s at all.” That’s such a great opener. To a casual eye it may seem not to be doing much of anything but it’s actually […]
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The last time an object this long-buried re-emerged it melted an entire kompanie of Nazi soldiers’ faces. Science Fiction fandom collectively gawped this week as it was announced The Last Dangerous Visions, an anthology of ‘dangerous’ stories overseen by Harlan Ellison way back in 1973, would finally see publication, possibly as early as 2021 and […]
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Join writer and critic Damien Walter and my lumberjack-a-like self as we discuss Ursule LeGuin, Terry Goodkind’s chicken of evil and whether you could nuke Gandalf…
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This week I had the pleasure of attending an online launch party for the anthology Uncharted Constellations, an anthology of stories, thoughts and poems about the space race. It was hosted by the publishers, Space Cat Press, and I got to have a natter with them and three other authors. Check it out! “In this […]
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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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