Miscellaneous Archive

  •   Oh Frabjous Joy!  An author’s copy of Artemis, my latest novel, just appeared at my doorstep, delivered by a wary postman who had heard of the reputation of this...

    Artemis Arrives

      Oh Frabjous Joy!  An author’s copy of Artemis, my latest novel, just appeared at my doorstep, delivered by a wary postman who had heard of the reputation of this...

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  • I’ve been giving some lectures on genre cinema up in York recently, and spent Monday night there – aka Halloween. Amazing.  York is a city full of  beauty; and also...

    Most Haunted City

    I’ve been giving some lectures on genre cinema up in York recently, and spent Monday night there – aka Halloween. Amazing.  York is a city full of  beauty; and also...

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  • I’ve been racing around the country for the last few days so haven’t had time to write  about the panel I did at the weekend for the London Screenwriters’ Festival....

    Fantastical TV

    I’ve been racing around the country for the last few days so haven’t had time to write  about the panel I did at the weekend for the London Screenwriters’ Festival....

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  • There is one county in England which is notorious for its high murder count and the weirdness of its locals – they get up to all sorts there, including ritual...

    Murder in Midsomer

    There is one county in England which is notorious for its high murder count and the weirdness of its locals – they get up to all sorts there, including ritual...

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  • I’ve spent the last week or so watching old movies,  as preparation for a part-time teaching job I’m currently doing up in the University of York.  High Noon, Rio Bravo,...

    London Screenwriter’s Festival 2011

    I’ve spent the last week or so watching old movies,  as preparation for a part-time teaching job I’m currently doing up in the University of York.  High Noon, Rio Bravo,...

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  • Life in the Palmer Universe has been highly frenetic over the last month…I’ve been planning to do a lot more blogs but there just ain’t enough hours in the day....

    Life, Car Crashes and Everything

    Life in the Palmer Universe has been highly frenetic over the last month…I’ve been planning to do a lot more blogs but there just ain’t enough hours in the day....

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  • I’ve already written about the Fantasy Con at Brighton…which also featured many book launches, including an amazing-looking book by Kim Lakin-Smith called Cyber Circus. I got to know Kim when...

    SFF Song of the Week: Kim Lakin-Smith

    I’ve already written about the Fantasy Con at Brighton…which also featured many book launches, including an amazing-looking book by Kim Lakin-Smith called Cyber Circus. I got to know Kim when...

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  • This blog takes no sides in the growing furore over the British Fantasy Con Awards – a controversy that  threatens to tarnish my enjoyment of that delightful event. If you’ve...

    Fantasy Con Furore

    This blog takes no sides in the growing furore over the British Fantasy Con Awards – a controversy that  threatens to tarnish my enjoyment of that delightful event. If you’ve...

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  • Last weekend I attended my first ever Fantasy Con….I felt like an interloper, a science fiction writer sneaking into the land of dragons and  men with beards and big swords....

    Fantasy Con 2011

    Last weekend I attended my first ever Fantasy Con….I felt like an interloper, a science fiction writer sneaking into the land of dragons and  men with beards and big swords....

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  • What is it with vampires? That’s the question that prompted me to start exploring the many mythological beasties other than Count Dracula and his kin who might or indeed have...

    B is for Beelzebub

    What is it with vampires? That’s the question that prompted me to start exploring the many mythological beasties other than Count Dracula and his kin who might or indeed have...

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  •   Here’s a truly awesome book trailer for Brent Weeks’ new book The Black Prism, courtesy of our very own Orbit Books: Now all us other Orbit writers are going...

    Awesome Trailer

      Here’s a truly awesome book trailer for Brent Weeks’ new book The Black Prism, courtesy of our very own Orbit Books: Now all us other Orbit writers are going...

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  • I’ve just been looking at the schedule for the forthcoming Fantasy Con in Brighton which I’ll be attending (September 30th – October 2nd).   Guest speakers include  Christopher Paolini, Gwyneth...

    Fantasy Con 2011

    I’ve just been looking at the schedule for the forthcoming Fantasy Con in Brighton which I’ll be attending (September 30th – October 2nd).   Guest speakers include  Christopher Paolini, Gwyneth...

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  • I recently asked, What is it with vampires? In other words, why don’t horror and fantasy writers make more use of all the other weird mythological monsters that exist in...

    G is for Golem

    I recently asked, What is it with vampires? In other words, why don’t horror and fantasy writers make more use of all the other weird mythological monsters that exist in...

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  • Mike Carey recently and very kindly sent me a copy of  his  X-Men series, The Age of X; I did a swapsies and sent him a copy of Hell Ship....

    The Age of X

    Mike Carey recently and very kindly sent me a copy of  his  X-Men series, The Age of X; I did a swapsies and sent him a copy of Hell Ship....

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  •   A huge envelope arrived through my door this week, and inside were Sharrock, Jak and Sai-ias – the three protagonists of my novel Hell Ship. This was the audio...

    Hell Ship Speaks

      A huge envelope arrived through my door this week, and inside were Sharrock, Jak and Sai-ias – the three protagonists of my novel Hell Ship. This was the audio...

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  • The riots are over for now.  Some people have lost their businesses;  four people have died; and those of us who were lucky enough not to be directly involved are...

    A Glimpse of Dystopia

    The riots are over for now.  Some people have lost their businesses;  four people have died; and those of us who were lucky enough not to be directly involved are...

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  • A little while back I read a fascinating series of articles on SF Signal (Part One here, Part Two here) about the Death of Science Fiction – which, like the...

    Fantastic Fiction: SF Rebranded

    A little while back I read a fascinating series of articles on SF Signal (Part One here, Part Two here) about the Death of Science Fiction – which, like the...

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  • I truly can’t wait for the spectacle and silliness of the new Conan the Barbarian Movie…I love Robert E. Howard’s stories and understated stories, and always loved the Arnie version....

    Conan: Coming Soon

    I truly can’t wait for the spectacle and silliness of the new Conan the Barbarian Movie…I love Robert E. Howard’s stories and understated stories, and always loved the Arnie version....

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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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  • For some time now I’ve been running a feature on my website  called SFF Song of the Week.  Like a bar which sells books and also serves chocolate, this has...

    SFF Song of the Week: My Top 10

    For some time now I’ve been running a feature on my website  called SFF Song of the Week.  Like a bar which sells books and also serves chocolate, this has...

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