This time next week I’ll be at FantasyCon in York. Aside from hanging out in the bar and meeting up with friends – especially those I missed in the glorious madness of Loncon – I’ll be on the following programme items, both on Saturday the 6th: 3.00pm – Reading. (Note sure what yet, as the […]

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It rocked. I know some of those involved, and know how much hard work they put in, and how stressed they were beforehand, but as a punter, I’d say it went really well. A few small hiccups, but overall, a triumph. Highlights included: The Fan Village: complete with real ale bar (natch), perpetual Finnish room […]

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The Gollancz Festival

This time next week Loncon will be in full swing. For those who want to get started early – or who haven’t managed to get tickets to what promises to be the biggest Worldcon evah – then may I recommend the Gollancz Festival, on the 13th August. It starts with all sorts of virtual shenanigans […]

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Finalised Worldcon schedule

Here it is… Kaffeeklatsch Thursday 16:00 – 17:00, London Suite 4 (ExCeL) Hard Right Thursday 20:00 – 21:00, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL) Hard science fiction is at its core dependent not on science, but on a world with inviolate rules. These rules can manifest as scientific realities or social constructs, but either way, these kinds […]

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Before Worldcon

Less than a month to go until Worldcon, and I’ll be posting my finalised schedule here soon. However, I’ll be arriving in London a day early to take part in the Gollancz Festival. More details on that when I have them. Meanwhile, this very Saturday is of course Edge-Lit, up in Derby.

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Shadowboxer cover

Review – Shadowboxer

Referring to a female protagonist as feisty, sassy or plucky in a book review is likely to result in a rolling of eyes. Rightly so in most cases but Jade, the hero of Shadowboxer, earns the right to those terms. Jade is an adolescent cage fighter. That phrase might make you suck in a sharp […]

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Edge-Lit – the confirmed schedule

I’ve now had confirmation of what I’ll be up to during Edge-Lit, which is being held in Derby on Saturday 19th July. Workshop:  11:00am – Pantster v Plotter: Applying Planning to your Fiction. Panel: 12:00pm – Science-fiction: How Much Science Do You Need? with Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Rod Rees & Tricia Sullivan.  Signing: 14:15pm-14:45pm – with […]

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Getting with the program

I’ve just edited the links to buy my books from this site. I haven’t removed the Amazon links entirely because not all my books are available in all formats on the other sites I’ve chosen to link to instead (Foyles and Barnes and Noble). I wish they were, but they aren’t. I don’t know whether […]

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There’s something unexpected in the car park of the local Tesco superstore. It’s not new, in fact I’d estimate it’s at least two hundred years older than the car park itself. And it’s more a ‘them’ than an ‘it’. It’s a grand avenue of ancient beech trees, complete with raucous rookery. When we first moved […]

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Designed by Martin Reed

  • Attempts to write scuppered by D - he's put Aliens on, to show a young geek friend who's never seen it (shocking!) I love that film.,
  • My schedule: ,
  • Watching 2012. What can I say? It's Friday night and my brain needs some time off.,
  • WorldCon in a nutshell: ,
  • If you were at and didn't see me, it might be because I was in disguise some of the time: ,