Archive for February, 2010

  •   Today I am going to continue with the theme of Art and Madness. I got into this weird riff when I began showing pictures by the committed lunatic and sexual...

    Paintings of the Week: Van Gogh

      Today I am going to continue with the theme of Art and Madness. I got into this weird riff when I began showing pictures by the committed lunatic and sexual...

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  • Writing isn’t the hardest job in the world – not by a long chalk.  In fact, it comes very near the bottom of the list of hard jobs, well below...

    The Week Reviewed

    Writing isn’t the hardest job in the world – not by a long chalk.  In fact, it comes very near the bottom of the list of hard jobs, well below...

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  • Earlier this week I linked to a Rolling Stone article written by Matt Taibbi which gave the best account I’ve ever read of the corrupt activities of certain financial organisations....

    The Battle Between Good and Evil: The Rico Act

    Earlier this week I linked to a Rolling Stone article written by Matt Taibbi which gave the best account I’ve ever read of the corrupt activities of certain financial organisations....

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  • Here’s a great guest blog from Danny Stack, script writer and script editor and co-founder (with Tony Jordan) of the Red Planet Prize. Take it away Danny… —————————————————————- Why I...

    Marvellous Misfits

    Here’s a great guest blog from Danny Stack, script writer and script editor and co-founder (with Tony Jordan) of the Red Planet Prize. Take it away Danny… —————————————————————- Why I...

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  • It’s a busy week this week on Debatable Spaces…further down the page, the great Basterds debate still rages…and tomorrow we have a guest blog from screenwriter and co-founder of the...

    SFF Song of the Week: Stuart Angell McGregor

    It’s a busy week this week on Debatable Spaces…further down the page, the great Basterds debate still rages…and tomorrow we have a guest blog from screenwriter and co-founder of the...

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  •   Ripley was the trail-blazer; but Kara Thrace (call sign ‘Starbuck’) is, for many of us, the quintessential female SF action hero.  She’s a hard-drinking, foul-mouthed, maverick daughter-of-a-bitch who hates...

    SFF Heroes: Kara Thrace

      Ripley was the trail-blazer; but Kara Thrace (call sign ‘Starbuck’) is, for many of us, the quintessential female SF action hero.  She’s a hard-drinking, foul-mouthed, maverick daughter-of-a-bitch who hates...

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  • I’ve been longing to share this for some time – and here it see. Lauren Panepinto’s cover design for my next book Version 43 (available in all good bookshops from October;...

    Beware the plastic Cyborg Cop: the cover of Version 43

    I’ve been longing to share this for some time – and here it see. Lauren Panepinto’s cover design for my next book Version 43 (available in all good bookshops from October;...

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  • I woke up mulling about the John Scalzi column I read yesterday about why Quentin Tarantino’s movie Inglourious Basterds is NOT a science fiction movie as some (e.g. me) claim...

    Why Scalzi is Wrong: the Great Basterds Debate

    I woke up mulling about the John Scalzi column I read yesterday about why Quentin Tarantino’s movie Inglourious Basterds is NOT a science fiction movie as some (e.g. me) claim...

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  • Here, courtesy of NASA, is an amazing image of a sillhouetted space shuttle Endeavour about to dock with the ISS.

    Astronomy Photo of the Week

    Here, courtesy of NASA, is an amazing image of a sillhouetted space shuttle Endeavour about to dock with the ISS.

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  • Some internet treats, recent and not so recent,  you might have missed… Graham Joyce betraying his father with a superglue story. Nicole Peeler revealing her musical taste to be wonderfully down...

    Reblog

    Some internet treats, recent and not so recent,  you might have missed… Graham Joyce betraying his father with a superglue story. Nicole Peeler revealing her musical taste to be wonderfully down...

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  • Adrian Reynolds sent me this, a definitive account of how the big banks are screwing us and risk destroying our economies and our entire way of life  They are acting...

    The Battle Between Good and Evil: The Big Con

    Adrian Reynolds sent me this, a definitive account of how the big banks are screwing us and risk destroying our economies and our entire way of life  They are acting...

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  • It’s often said that genius is closely allied to madness – which is a great excuse for creative types to behave badly. But last’s week Paintings of the Week feature...

    Paintings of the Week

    It’s often said that genius is closely allied to madness – which is a great excuse for creative types to behave badly. But last’s week Paintings of the Week feature...

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  • The great John Scalzi is almost always right. But this time – on the subject of whether Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is science fiction – he is, in my humble...

    Scalzi is Wrong!

    The great John Scalzi is almost always right. But this time – on the subject of whether Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is science fiction – he is, in my humble...

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  • Last weekend I vanished into a deep well of nostalgia and Welshness…it was my mother’s 80th birthday, which we celebrated down in Port Talbot, South Wales. And to honour the...

    The Fortnight Reviewed

    Last weekend I vanished into a deep well of nostalgia and Welshness…it was my mother’s 80th birthday, which we celebrated down in Port Talbot, South Wales. And to honour the...

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  • Soon after I first became a published Orbit author, I shared a book reading session at Alt Fiction in Derby with Stephen Hunt and Brian Ruckley – two delightful and...

    SFF Song of the Week: Brian Ruckley

    Soon after I first became a published Orbit author, I shared a book reading session at Alt Fiction in Derby with Stephen Hunt and Brian Ruckley – two delightful and...

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  • Tomorrow in fact – it’s Brian Ruckley’s wonderful, electrifying, blow-me-it-takes-me-back-a-few-years choice of SFF SONG OF THE WEEK. Be here or be, um, somewhere else.

    Coming Soon!

    Tomorrow in fact – it’s Brian Ruckley’s wonderful, electrifying, blow-me-it-takes-me-back-a-few-years choice of SFF SONG OF THE WEEK. Be here or be, um, somewhere else.

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  • I’ve been thinking quite a bit this week about conspiracy theories. But I guess you already knew that, huh? FOR THE REST OF THIS GUEST BLOG ON THE ORBIT WEBSITE,...

    Just because…

    I’ve been thinking quite a bit this week about conspiracy theories. But I guess you already knew that, huh? FOR THE REST OF THIS GUEST BLOG ON THE ORBIT WEBSITE,...

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  • This is a night launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour.  Amazing! An extra treat: this is from a series called ‘Alien Landscapes on Earth’. The copyright belongs to Martin Rietze,...

    Astronomy Photo of the Week

    This is a night launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour.  Amazing! An extra treat: this is from a series called ‘Alien Landscapes on Earth’. The copyright belongs to Martin Rietze,...

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  • Here are two examples of ‘art brut’ from Swiss artist Adolf Wolfi.  Art brut is a concept coined by the French artist Jean Dubuffet, and is sometimes called ‘naive art’...

    Paintings of the Week

    Here are two examples of ‘art brut’ from Swiss artist Adolf Wolfi.  Art brut is a concept coined by the French artist Jean Dubuffet, and is sometimes called ‘naive art’...

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  • I read a funny little article in my paper on Saturday by a witty, liberal, sweet columnist called Simon Hoggart. Here’s what he said: As a climate change agnostic –...

    The Battle Between Good and Evil: Climate Change

    I read a funny little article in my paper on Saturday by a witty, liberal, sweet columnist called Simon Hoggart. Here’s what he said: As a climate change agnostic –...

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