Archive for June, 2011

  • I’ve been mulling about opening lines . Don’t know why. Another reason to avoid writing all the stuff that comes AFTER the opening line. Isn’t this just the greatest opening...

    Opening Lines

    I’ve been mulling about opening lines . Don’t know why. Another reason to avoid writing all the stuff that comes AFTER the opening line. Isn’t this just the greatest opening...

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  • Today’s blogjay is by the very delightful Dan Abnett, who I met last Eastercon (we both have stories in Ian Whates’ Further Conflicts collection.  I’ve just read  Dan’s story, and it’s  a...

    SFF Song of the Week: Dan Abnett

    Today’s blogjay is by the very delightful Dan Abnett, who I met last Eastercon (we both have stories in Ian Whates’ Further Conflicts collection.  I’ve just read  Dan’s story, and it’s  a...

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  • Last week Stephen Hunt sent me the link for this fascinating article about one writer’s experience of shopping at the new digital-age Barnes & Noble – i.e. CRAP.  In their...

    Does it matter if all the bookshops close?

    Last week Stephen Hunt sent me the link for this fascinating article about one writer’s experience of shopping at the new digital-age Barnes & Noble – i.e. CRAP.  In their...

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  • I’ve been mulling about monsters recently.  There are lots of them – of the alien variety – featured in my upcoming novel Hell Ship.  I’ve also been on a bit...

    A-Z of Monsters

    I’ve been mulling about monsters recently.  There are lots of them – of the alien variety – featured in my upcoming novel Hell Ship.  I’ve also been on a bit...

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  • A big box arrived in the post this week with first copies of Hell Ship.  It’s a wonderfully cool cover – lurid purple – with the words ALIEN, INVADERS AND...

    How DO you say that?

    A big box arrived in the post this week with first copies of Hell Ship.  It’s a wonderfully cool cover – lurid purple – with the words ALIEN, INVADERS AND...

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  • I opened up my Facebook this morning to be greeted with a chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’ messages.  Thank you all so much! I’ve had a slightly frantic few weeks doing...

    IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!

    I opened up my Facebook this morning to be greeted with a chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’ messages.  Thank you all so much! I’ve had a slightly frantic few weeks doing...

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  • There I was, perambulating along a Tube platform, when I saw a most amazing poster for the novel Anno Dracula by Kim Newman. Only a very few SFF writers gets...

    Anno Dracula

    There I was, perambulating along a Tube platform, when I saw a most amazing poster for the novel Anno Dracula by Kim Newman. Only a very few SFF writers gets...

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  • I’ve just been reading this wonderful dialogue between Iain M. Banks and Simon Morden, over at the Orbit site.  Banks is one of the greats of modern SF;  and Simon’s...

    Banks and Morden

    I’ve just been reading this wonderful dialogue between Iain M. Banks and Simon Morden, over at the Orbit site.  Banks is one of the greats of modern SF;  and Simon’s...

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