Book Zone Archive

  • NB:  QUITE SOME TIME AGO I WROTE THIS BLOG ABOUT THE WONDERFUL NOVEL BY KIM NEWMAN, THE BLOODY RED BARON, WHICH AT THAT TIME WAS OUT OF PRINT. IT’S NOW...

    The Bloody Red Baron

    NB:  QUITE SOME TIME AGO I WROTE THIS BLOG ABOUT THE WONDERFUL NOVEL BY KIM NEWMAN, THE BLOODY RED BARON, WHICH AT THAT TIME WAS OUT OF PRINT. IT’S NOW...

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  • I absolutely love this cover! It’s  an anthology of steampunk stories edited by Scott Harrison, and I’m delighted to be part of it. For an account of the book and...

    Resurrection Engines

    I absolutely love this cover! It’s  an anthology of steampunk stories edited by Scott Harrison, and I’m delighted to be part of it. For an account of the book and...

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  • To my delight, I’ve been asked to contribute to an anthology of steampunk stories ‘inspired by’ classics of literature.  My choice is Wilkie Collins – who is up there with...

    Steampunk Anthology

    To my delight, I’ve been asked to contribute to an anthology of steampunk stories ‘inspired by’ classics of literature.  My choice is Wilkie Collins – who is up there with...

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  • I’ve just been reading this engaging blog by John Scalzi on why he writes, and how much he loves writing. THIS GUY LOVES WRITING!!???!!!!! Unbelievable.  Most writers hate writing.  That’s...

    Why Write?

    I’ve just been reading this engaging blog by John Scalzi on why he writes, and how much he loves writing. THIS GUY LOVES WRITING!!???!!!!! Unbelievable.  Most writers hate writing.  That’s...

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  • I’ve just been proof-reading ARTEMIS, which is my fifth novel for Orbit Books, and is published later this year. And I had a bit of a ‘wow’ moment. Wow! Four...

    A-Z of the Palmerverses

    I’ve just been proof-reading ARTEMIS, which is my fifth novel for Orbit Books, and is published later this year. And I had a bit of a ‘wow’ moment. Wow! Four...

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  •   Charlie Stross has a new book out and he’s written a fascinating piece about its themes over at the Orbit site, including the technology of near-future policing, which you...

    The Near Future

      Charlie Stross has a new book out and he’s written a fascinating piece about its themes over at the Orbit site, including the technology of near-future policing, which you...

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  • 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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  • 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 spent some time last night looking at Mark Charan Newton’s excellent blog, and was intrigued at what he had to say about the recent Guardian Book Blog debate about...

    What’s it all about, guys?

    I spent some time last night looking at Mark Charan Newton’s excellent blog, and was intrigued at what he had to say about the recent Guardian Book Blog debate about...

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  • THE INANTITY OF THE ERUDITE: That’s just my  long-winded way of saying clever people can sometimes be very VERY dumb. This thought is prompted by a piece I just read in Guardian...

    The Inanity of the Erudite

    THE INANTITY OF THE ERUDITE: That’s just my  long-winded way of saying clever people can sometimes be very VERY dumb. This thought is prompted by a piece I just read in Guardian...

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  • I’m a great lover of comic books and graphic novels – my particular favourites are Spider-Man and the X-Men – though these days I never seem to find time to...

    Astonishing X-Men: Exogenetic

    I’m a great lover of comic books and graphic novels – my particular favourites are Spider-Man and the X-Men – though these days I never seem to find time to...

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  • I’ve been mulling about genre, here.

    A Book-Lover’s Easy Virtue

    I’ve been mulling about genre, here.

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  • I recently went to see Michael Winterbottom’s new movie The Killer Inside Me, which has been the subject of much controversy because of its graphic scenes of violence towards women. ...

    Let’s Glorify Violence

    I recently went to see Michael Winterbottom’s new movie The Killer Inside Me, which has been the subject of much controversy because of its graphic scenes of violence towards women. ...

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  • Apologies for the lack of blogging recently – too many deadlines! I’ll start posting regularly again soon, and I’ve got an amazing batch of SFF Songs of the Week to...

    I’m Still Here!

    Apologies for the lack of blogging recently – too many deadlines! I’ll start posting regularly again soon, and I’ve got an amazing batch of SFF Songs of the Week to...

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  • SF Signal have just done a Mind Meld on the fascinating subject of Space Opera…with contributions from Paul McCauley, Mike Cobley, Allen Steele, Peter F. Hamilton, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, authors...

    Five Best Space Operas

    SF Signal have just done a Mind Meld on the fascinating subject of Space Opera…with contributions from Paul McCauley, Mike Cobley, Allen Steele, Peter F. Hamilton, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, authors...

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  • If you could have a superpower, which superpower would it be? Oh please! Don’t pretend you’ve never thought about this.  It’s the first daydream of every card-carrying SFF fan. The...

    Who’d Want to be More than Human?

    If you could have a superpower, which superpower would it be? Oh please! Don’t pretend you’ve never thought about this.  It’s the first daydream of every card-carrying SFF fan. The...

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  • What’s the best way to kill an alien? Do you zap it with energy beams, blast it with bullets, burn it with a flame-thrower, drop an anti-matter bomb on it,...

    How to Write Action SF

    What’s the best way to kill an alien? Do you zap it with energy beams, blast it with bullets, burn it with a flame-thrower, drop an anti-matter bomb on it,...

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  • I remember the moment when the truth dawned on me…I was  just a nipper and I was watching a Hammer House of Horror movie featuring Christopher Lee as Dracula –...

    Is Urban Fantasy Really ALL About Sex?

    I remember the moment when the truth dawned on me…I was  just a nipper and I was watching a Hammer House of Horror movie featuring Christopher Lee as Dracula –...

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  • I think SF should be sensual…if you want to know why, have a peek here.

    Sensual SF

    I think SF should be sensual…if you want to know why, have a peek here.

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  • I’ve just finished Stieg Larsson’s marvellous crime thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.   It’s the third book in a trilogy, but with  typical incompetence, I bought the second book...

    The Man Who Wrote the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    I’ve just finished Stieg Larsson’s marvellous crime thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.   It’s the third book in a trilogy, but with  typical incompetence, I bought the second book...

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