SF & F Archive

  •   This is the moment to March to Time… Check out Tony Ballantyne’s mission to save us from the bankers…  

    March to Time

      This is the moment to March to Time… Check out Tony Ballantyne’s mission to save us from the bankers…  

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  • This Sunday I’ll be travelling to Leicester to take part in the 2 week long Space Fiction event at the National Space Centre. I’ll be giving a talk & reading...

    Space Fiction

    This Sunday I’ll be travelling to Leicester to take part in the 2 week long Space Fiction event at the National Space Centre. I’ll be giving a talk & reading...

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  • Off to Fantasy Con today!  For more details, here’s the website. I’ll be arriving this evening in time for the mass signing.  Then on two panels on Saturday – one...

    Fantasy Con 2012

    Off to Fantasy Con today!  For more details, here’s the website. I’ll be arriving this evening in time for the mass signing.  Then on two panels on Saturday – one...

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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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  • One of the busy-bee panellists at Eastercon last was Jaine Fenn, a delightful and greatly talented SF writer.  I met Jaine some time back when we shared a panel at...

    SFF Song of the Week: Jaine Fenn

    One of the busy-bee panellists at Eastercon last was Jaine Fenn, a delightful and greatly talented SF writer.  I met Jaine some time back when we shared a panel at...

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  •   I had a delightful time at Eastercon, zipping in for one day only before embarking upon a rare family holiday in Dorset… In my few hours there I met...

    Best and worst of genres

      I had a delightful time at Eastercon, zipping in for one day only before embarking upon a rare family holiday in Dorset… In my few hours there I met...

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  • For the last few weeks I’ve been doing an interview for the Irish blogger and writer Bob Neilson, who does a lot of stuff for the Irish online mag Albedo...

    Philip Palmer, Renaissance Man? No way!

    For the last few weeks I’ve been doing an interview for the Irish blogger and writer Bob Neilson, who does a lot of stuff for the Irish online mag Albedo...

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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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  • The latest in my occasional series of blogs about SF movies;, good, bad, and all points in between… Space Truckers (1996) is one of the greatest films never made…instead they...

    Space Truckers

    The latest in my occasional series of blogs about SF movies;, good, bad, and all points in between… Space Truckers (1996) is one of the greatest films never made…instead they...

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  • At the recent British Fantasy Convention in Brighton, I was privileged to share a panel on movies with the inimitable Kim Newman, a man who has seen more movies than...

    Lifeforce

    At the recent British Fantasy Convention in Brighton, I was privileged to share a panel on movies with the inimitable Kim Newman, a man who has seen more movies than...

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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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  • 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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  • Last week I suggested we were living in the Age of X – at a time when the X-Men are the dominant heroes of our culture, and X-Men movies are...

    The Age of America

    Last week I suggested we were living in the Age of X – at a time when the X-Men are the dominant heroes of our culture, and X-Men movies are...

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