SF & F Archive

  • 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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  •   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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  • 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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  • 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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  • This is the longest of the excerpts provided by Recorded Books from their audio book version of Hell Ship.  It’s narrated by Sai-ias, who is the heroine of the story ...

    Sai-ias Speaks

    This is the longest of the excerpts provided by Recorded Books from their audio book version of Hell Ship.  It’s narrated by Sai-ias, who is the heroine of the story ...

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  • Yesterday I played a brief excerpt from the audio book of Hell Ship, featuring Sharrock, one of the book’s three narrators.  Today, meet Jak. Jak is an alien from a...

    Jak Speaks

    Yesterday I played a brief excerpt from the audio book of Hell Ship, featuring Sharrock, one of the book’s three narrators.  Today, meet Jak. Jak is an alien from a...

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  • Today is the UK publication date of HELL SHIP.  And I thought I’d celebrate by introducing you to Sharrock, one of the three main characters in the story. Sharrock has...

    Sharrock Speaks

    Today is the UK publication date of HELL SHIP.  And I thought I’d celebrate by introducing you to Sharrock, one of the three main characters in the story. Sharrock has...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • I’m currently working on the second draft of Artemis, my 5th book for Orbit, which is published in December this year.  And Bella From Orbit just sent me the cover...

    She’s a Stone Cold Killer

    I’m currently working on the second draft of Artemis, my 5th book for Orbit, which is published in December this year.  And Bella From Orbit just sent me the cover...

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  • One of the highlights of my Eastercon just past was taking part in a writers’ workshop run by an excellent group called the T Party. Hi guys! This was a...

    Why to be a Writer

    One of the highlights of my Eastercon just past was taking part in a writers’ workshop run by an excellent group called the T Party. Hi guys! This was a...

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  •  Tonight at Sci-Fi London in the Apollo Cinema we’ll hear the result of the Clarke Awards. Here’s the shortlist, with a host of fabulous writers, including fellow Orbit author Tricia...

    SFF Song of the Week: Tricia Sullivan

     Tonight at Sci-Fi London in the Apollo Cinema we’ll hear the result of the Clarke Awards. Here’s the shortlist, with a host of fabulous writers, including fellow Orbit author Tricia...

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  • I’ll be spending this weekend in Birmingham, at the 62nd Eastercon which has been christened Illustrious.  If you’re around, do say hi.  I’ll be mainly in the bar (harumph) but...

    My Eastercon Schedule

    I’ll be spending this weekend in Birmingham, at the 62nd Eastercon which has been christened Illustrious.  If you’re around, do say hi.  I’ll be mainly in the bar (harumph) but...

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  • If you could be a character in a movie, who would you be? That’s the question I was asked by those guys over at Electric Sheep.  And my choice was...

    Electric Sheep

    If you could be a character in a movie, who would you be? That’s the question I was asked by those guys over at Electric Sheep.  And my choice was...

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  • I went for a drink last Friday with my editor DongWon Song, who was in London for the week to attend the London Book Fair and catch up with his...

    We’ve Won!

    I went for a drink last Friday with my editor DongWon Song, who was in London for the week to attend the London Book Fair and catch up with his...

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