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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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  • It’s now been confirmed by my new Orbit editor Jenni Hill that the official UK publication date of Artemis is – drum roll! – 1st December. That’s er, soon. Artemis...

    Countdown to Artemis

    It’s now been confirmed by my new Orbit editor Jenni Hill that the official UK publication date of Artemis is – drum roll! – 1st December. That’s er, soon. Artemis...

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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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  • 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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  • I recently did an interview for the charming blogger Alan Kelly, who runs a really cool site called Horror Reanimated. One of the things Alan asked me about were the...

    The Lost Flanagan Story

    I recently did an interview for the charming blogger Alan Kelly, who runs a really cool site called Horror Reanimated. One of the things Alan asked me about were the...

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  • Last night I watched His Girl Friday again, for the nth time.  It’s one of my favourite ever films.  One of those sharp sassy black and white movies with machine-gun...

    Howard Hawks

    Last night I watched His Girl Friday again, for the nth time.  It’s one of my favourite ever films.  One of those sharp sassy black and white movies with machine-gun...

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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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  •   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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  • It’s been a crazy busy time…I’ve spent all today planning a war in the Middle East, trying to decide whether I should invade Syria in my first wave of attacks...

    Hell Ship Reviews

    It’s been a crazy busy time…I’ve spent all today planning a war in the Middle East, trying to decide whether I should invade Syria in my first wave of attacks...

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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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