Clarke Award Shortlist 2017 Part 2 : The Evil That Men Do

Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead After Atlas – Emma Newman (1) So what about books that have a rather less optimistic take on the world? As it turns out, the shortlist has those too, and these are definitely the bleakest. I hadn’t come across Whitehead until the shortlist was announced, but a little research shows […]

Clarke Award Shortlist 2017 Part 1 : Faith in the Future

This year I’m breaking the review up into three parts, because the shortlist, in my idiosyncratic perspective, seems to form some loose pairs, so first I give you: A Closed and Common Orbit – Becky Chambers Central Station – Lavie Tidhar Because I didn’t get the chance to do a Clarkeslist post last year, for […]

The Sound of Spiders (and free audiobook competition!)

  I am delighted to announce that the audiobook of Children of Time is right now available from Audible. You can find it here read by the very able Mel Hudson. I am also informed that Audiobooks of The Tiger and the Wolf and Guns of the Dawn are planned direct from Pan Macmillan who are now recording their […]

Long-delayed Book recommendation Post Title Here!

The problem with putting off a post recommending good books is that you keep reading more good books and it all gets on top of you. I have, therefore, absolutely let some cracking books slip me mind, but I’m going to do my damndest to recommend some damn things here. First, though, it is that […]

Eastercon 2017 that was

And back from four days of a superb convention, in which I also got a load of editing done, so win-win all round there. “Innominate” was, as I understand it, a late submission brought into being Easter 2016 when the incumbent 2017 convention ran into terminal difficulties. It was also returning to a town which, […]

Upcoming releases and Eastercon 2017 schedule in brief

I have been writing my little socks off over the last couple of months, with relatively little respite in sight to be honest. I’ve just finished a novella for Rebellion and a novel for Solaris, both of which should be announced some time soonish, but until then I can’t get into the details. I’ve also […]

Brave New World, 2017 edition

Coming out of a year that was something of a personal triumph and a global disaster it’s hard to know how to summarise. Books were perpetrated, and both Spiderlight and The Tiger and the Wolf have turned up on some best-of lists, which is always nice, as well as more love for Children of Time, Guns of the Dawn and Shadows […]

Silver Screen 2016 edition

Well crap, I did not get to see many films this year, owing to authorial and familial commitments, and so this is of a necessity a bit of a shotgun review. I did get to see a couple of Marvel films, about which I’ve been positive, and positive I remain. I speak of course of Captain […]

Many Recommendations of the Season

So I am the bear who walks into a bar, which is to say, apologies for the long pause. Mostly I have been finishing off the first draft of the Hyena and the Hawk*, book 3 of Echoes of the Fall (book 2 of which, The Bear and the Serpent, is coming out in February. […]

Fantasycon by the Sea

Firstly, apologies for leaving a whole load of posts pending that should have been approved. Let me know if there were any I missed. Thank you to everyone for all the congratulations. I have also just finished recording a guest slot for Paul Cornell’s The Cornell Collective podcast which I imagine will be up soon. Now, […]