Station X

On Sunday week, the 21st of September, I’ll be appearing at Station X, a multimedia extravaganza at Bletchley Park. Yes the Bletchley Park! Possibly my coolest gig this year, maybe excepting Worldcon. The event is ‘a curated weekend of immersive screenings and fun themed workshops’. In other words, you can watch Dr Strangelove in Teleprinter Hall, […]

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The Usual Questions

Australian website Festivale were kind enough to ask me what they called The Usual Questions – although some of them were more original than that title implies (especially the one about the lift). You can find my answers here (unfortunately the direct link doesn’t work on all devices so you may have to look me up!)

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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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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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Designed by Martin Reed

  • So much stuff to do before my writing retreat in darkest Devon ... but here I am drinking Merlot & watching Deep Purple. ,
  • September the 21st! Milton Keynes! Something cool! (Yes, something cool in Milton Keynes ... Bletchley Park) ,
  • Bit of an odd day. Done a chapter & a half of rewrites, but distracted by demise of my washing machine & the arrival of a circus.,
  • In other news, my answers to The Usual Questions: ,
  • Back safe from . Had a fine time, from panel to dance floor.,