Before I met Graham Joyce I’d stories I’d never submitted anywhere simply because they were set in Leicester. The Midlands, my internal logic ran, aren’t really about anything, have no atmosphere, not in the same way London, the North or Scotland do. And then I saw Graham speak, and then I immediately bought one of […]Read more "Graham Joyce: Two Years Gone"
Another Summer another Hugo Awards. Those of you familiar with recent Hugos will know how this time-honoured award (and very good thing) has been under a fair amount of pressure these last few years, being trolled by a bunch B.O-ridden shit-kickers calling themselves the Rabid Puppies (and their more moderate pals, the Sad Puppies, who […]Read more "Chuck Tingle: SF’s Lord Of Misrule"
On the prophecy of the Valonqar: The Hound is the Valonqar. That works for me. If GRR Martin was gonna have it that Cersei thinks the Valonqar is Tyrion but it then actually turns out to be Jaime then Martin may as well have used the phrase ‘your little brother’: it’d get the same effect […]Read more "A Quick Game Of Thrones Prediction: The Valonqar Prophecy"
Beautiful ant towers up on Danes Hill this morning as I came home from work. Both black and red ants working their asses off on their respective nests. Love is in the air and so will a shit-ton of winged ants soon be too (Man, that was a poorly constructed sentence). The hive mating season […]Read more "Ants"
A fox followed me to work last night. A young’un, trotting a constant six foot behind me. I kept stopping and he’d stop. But he wouldn’t run. He would just look at me, a nervous look in his eyes but never budging an inch. When I would start walking again he’d start too. Never known […]Read more "The Fox"
That’s the title of an article I’ve just put up on Medium, where all the groovy kids are these days. It originally appeared in Clarion’s e-mail bulletin thingy. Go on: get over there fast as a tiger on vaseline…Read more "What Bowie Can Teach Us About Writing SF"
So, er, I haven’t shown my face around here for some time. I’m deep in books, writing books (and film stuff) and everything connected to that so the last thing I wanna do to relax is blog. But, no fear, proper blog posts on the way, including a David Bowie and science fiction piece I […]Read more "LINKS!!!"