Archive for December, 2009

  • It’s coming to that time of year when the pundits start issuing their lists of the Best of ’09…I thought I’d add to the pile with my own three favourite...

    Best SFF Film of 2009

    It’s coming to that time of year when the pundits start issuing their lists of the Best of ’09…I thought I’d add to the pile with my own three favourite...

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  • As a post-Christmas treat, I went to see a classic movie at the BFI (formerly the National Film Theatre).  It was The Red Shoes, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger,...

    Movie Zone: The Red Shoes

    As a post-Christmas treat, I went to see a classic movie at the BFI (formerly the National Film Theatre).  It was The Red Shoes, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger,...

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  • I’ve written a new Orbit post about one of my favourite subjects – aliens.  Take a look here. This post prompted ace webguy Darren Turpin to send me a link...

    Finally, the sexy aliens…

    I’ve written a new Orbit post about one of my favourite subjects – aliens.  Take a look here. This post prompted ace webguy Darren Turpin to send me a link...

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  • Over at SF Crowsnest, they’ve compiled their list of the top 100 SFF novels of 2009….I’m glad to see Red Claw is in there, at number 17….

    Best of 2009?

    Over at SF Crowsnest, they’ve compiled their list of the top 100 SFF novels of 2009….I’m glad to see Red Claw is in there, at number 17….

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  • More great movie SF in the pipeline it seems – James Cameron is to produce (but probably not direct) a version of the fab 1996 movie Fantastic Voyage, featuring a bunch...

    Fantastic Times Ahead

    More great movie SF in the pipeline it seems – James Cameron is to produce (but probably not direct) a version of the fab 1996 movie Fantastic Voyage, featuring a bunch...

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  • Mark Charan Newton has written an excellent recap of the firestorm of comment that followed his controversialist piece on why SF is dying, and fantasy kicks butt. I’ve added my...

    The Rebirth of Cool SF?

    Mark Charan Newton has written an excellent recap of the firestorm of comment that followed his controversialist piece on why SF is dying, and fantasy kicks butt. I’ve added my...

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  • I’ve been making some minor changes to this website – so  minor, you haven’t noticed them! But it occurs to me that much of what appears on this site consists...

    Debatable Spaces, revamped

    I’ve been making some minor changes to this website – so  minor, you haven’t noticed them! But it occurs to me that much of what appears on this site consists...

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  • I’ve been blogging on the Orbit site about evil, and it came as something as a shock to me to realise quite how dark is my own soul. In real...

    On the Predator Pack

    I’ve been blogging on the Orbit site about evil, and it came as something as a shock to me to realise quite how dark is my own soul. In real...

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  • Some great comments from Cara on myth…I was planning to write this exact same blog and now I have to dig in and think of something fresh to say on this...

    On Myth

    Some great comments from Cara on myth…I was planning to write this exact same blog and now I have to dig in and think of something fresh to say on this...

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  • I’ve just read Mark Charan Newton’s fiery blog on Why Science Fiction is Dying and Fantasy Fiction is the Future. Normally I take a very mild attitude to other people’s point...

    Okay, this is war!

    I’ve just read Mark Charan Newton’s fiery blog on Why Science Fiction is Dying and Fantasy Fiction is the Future. Normally I take a very mild attitude to other people’s point...

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  • I’ve been following the tweets and blogs of Edgar (Shaun of the Dead) Wright recently, which are great value, though sometimes odd. But I’ve been hugely impressed at the casual...

    On the Art of Name Dropping

    I’ve been following the tweets and blogs of Edgar (Shaun of the Dead) Wright recently, which are great value, though sometimes odd. But I’ve been hugely impressed at the casual...

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  • I’ve been mulling about the Robert Jackson Bennett post about How to Write a Story over on the Orbit website. It’s a funny, brief and utterly brilliant little essay.  And it’s...

    The Writer’s Quest, Part 1: Find Yourself

    I’ve been mulling about the Robert Jackson Bennett post about How to Write a Story over on the Orbit website. It’s a funny, brief and utterly brilliant little essay.  And it’s...

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  • Ep 4 of Misfits screens tonight. If you’ve missed it so far, you can catch up here. I’m in love with this show. It’s funny and dark and nasty, and all...

    On Misfits

    Ep 4 of Misfits screens tonight. If you’ve missed it so far, you can catch up here. I’m in love with this show. It’s funny and dark and nasty, and all...

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  • I went into Borders on Charing Cross Road last week… a sad experience to see such a lovely bookshop in its dying days.  I looked for bargains – but didn’t...

    On Rebus

    I went into Borders on Charing Cross Road last week… a sad experience to see such a lovely bookshop in its dying days.  I looked for bargains – but didn’t...

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