Archive for January, 2010

  • The beautiful painting above is by Vermeer; and it could only be by Vermeer.  Even if you didn’t recognise the actual painting, there’s no other artist who paints domestic scenes...

    Paintings of the Week

    The beautiful painting above is by Vermeer; and it could only be by Vermeer.  Even if you didn’t recognise the actual painting, there’s no other artist who paints domestic scenes...

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  • I was in Brighton on Tuesday night to give a talk on  writing for television, organised by the splendid media training group Lighthouse (I’ve run a number of courses for...

    The Week Reviewed

    I was in Brighton on Tuesday night to give a talk on  writing for television, organised by the splendid media training group Lighthouse (I’ve run a number of courses for...

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  • I love movies, and I wish I’d seen them all. Or rather, all the good ones. In pursuit of this ambition, I’ve been catching up on some classic movies, some...

    Movie Zone: The Day the Earth Stood Still

    I love movies, and I wish I’d seen them all. Or rather, all the good ones. In pursuit of this ambition, I’ve been catching up on some classic movies, some...

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  • Here’s a truly fabulous song choice from urban fantasy author Nicole Peeler, whose debut novel Tempest Rising is a witty and sensual thriller about a selkie in New England.  Nicole...

    SFF Song of the Week: Nicole Peeler

    Here’s a truly fabulous song choice from urban fantasy author Nicole Peeler, whose debut novel Tempest Rising is a witty and sensual thriller about a selkie in New England.  Nicole...

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  • My latest Orbit blog is here.

    How to Read a Book

    My latest Orbit blog is here.

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  • Alastair Reynold’s choice for SFF Song of the Week is here.  Last week’s blogjay was Tony Ballantyne, who choose this. And  this whole feature started with a song I often...

    SFF Song of the Week: Reblog

    Alastair Reynold’s choice for SFF Song of the Week is here.  Last week’s blogjay was Tony Ballantyne, who choose this. And  this whole feature started with a song I often...

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  • I grew up in a Welsh town near the sea, a town built on sand dunes. As kids we used to play cowboys and Indians among the dunes. So this image...

    Astronomy Photo of the Day

    I grew up in a Welsh town near the sea, a town built on sand dunes. As kids we used to play cowboys and Indians among the dunes. So this image...

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  • This week, just to annoy that puritancial Calvinist Archie Tait, here’s some gratuitous nudity.  Note: An odalisque is a female slave in a harem – a popular subject with many...

    Paintings of the Week

    This week, just to annoy that puritancial Calvinist Archie Tait, here’s some gratuitous nudity.  Note: An odalisque is a female slave in a harem – a popular subject with many...

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  • This blog believes that we are now – all of us – engaged in a vast global battle between good and evil. Polly Toynbee explains why.

    The Battle Between Good and Evil

    This blog believes that we are now – all of us – engaged in a vast global battle between good and evil. Polly Toynbee explains why.

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  • The highlight of my week came by email…a scary, eerie, and extremely funny cover design for my next novel Version 43, which comes out in the autumn.  Designer Lauren Panepinto...

    The Week Reviewed

    The highlight of my week came by email…a scary, eerie, and extremely funny cover design for my next novel Version 43, which comes out in the autumn.  Designer Lauren Panepinto...

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  • Adrian Reynolds sent me this fabulous link about life in the depths of the sea….

    On Alien Life

    Adrian Reynolds sent me this fabulous link about life in the depths of the sea….

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  • Here’s the latest guest blog in our Movie Zone feature…from the talented and irrepressible screenwriter and blogger Adrian Reynolds.  Adrian’s thoughts on life and movies and other stuff can be...

    Does Whatever a Franchise Can: Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy

    Here’s the latest guest blog in our Movie Zone feature…from the talented and irrepressible screenwriter and blogger Adrian Reynolds.  Adrian’s thoughts on life and movies and other stuff can be...

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  • Here’s this week’s song choice from Alastair Reynolds. Alastair – author of Revelation Space, Chasm City, House of Suns and many more wonderful books – is,  in the view of many...

    SFF Song of the Week: Alastair Reynolds

    Here’s this week’s song choice from Alastair Reynolds. Alastair – author of Revelation Space, Chasm City, House of Suns and many more wonderful books – is,  in the view of many...

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  • I’ve finally seen Avatar, and it’s as amazing and spectacular as everyone says.  The 3D experience is exhilarating, the plot is tight and smart, and the concept is brilliant.  It’s...

    If Jackals Ruled the World

    I’ve finally seen Avatar, and it’s as amazing and spectacular as everyone says.  The 3D experience is exhilarating, the plot is tight and smart, and the concept is brilliant.  It’s...

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  • The funniest thing I read this week was John Crace’s parody of The Road, written from the point of view of an actual parent. Screenwriter and blogger Danny Stack alerted...

    Reblog

    The funniest thing I read this week was John Crace’s parody of The Road, written from the point of view of an actual parent. Screenwriter and blogger Danny Stack alerted...

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  • Here’s one from my archive of images that haunt me….

    Astronomy Photo of the Day

    Here’s one from my archive of images that haunt me….

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  • After last week’s blogfest on this site – featuring Tony Ballantyne, Kate Bush, Archie Tait and, er me – here’s another full  schedule for the Spaces that are Debatable: SUNDAY:   ...

    This Week on Debatable Spaces

    After last week’s blogfest on this site – featuring Tony Ballantyne, Kate Bush, Archie Tait and, er me – here’s another full  schedule for the Spaces that are Debatable: SUNDAY:   ...

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  • This week, just for fun, here are two great paintings that have inspired two great songs.

    Paintings of the Week

    This week, just for fun, here are two great paintings that have inspired two great songs.

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  • On Sunday 17th January (which is tomorrow, if you’re reading this today) at 8pm, Radio 3 are repeating my adaptation of Tayeb Salih’s marvellous novel Season of Migration to the...

    TX: Season of Migration to the North

    On Sunday 17th January (which is tomorrow, if you’re reading this today) at 8pm, Radio 3 are repeating my adaptation of Tayeb Salih’s marvellous novel Season of Migration to the...

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  • I killed a lot of people this week.  Millions of them, in fact. Well, strictly speaking they weren’t ‘people’, just sentient aliens, but I killed ‘em. Horribly and stone dead. ...

    The Week Reviewed

    I killed a lot of people this week.  Millions of them, in fact. Well, strictly speaking they weren’t ‘people’, just sentient aliens, but I killed ‘em. Horribly and stone dead. ...

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