Running to keep up

OK so: a very hurried round-up of past crimes will have to suffice for this post: Fantasycon was great fun – I don’t know if it was the hotel (the Royal York) which was the fanciest of any con this year, and definitely superior to the place that the con was at for two consecutive years in […]

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Con-fabulation

That Adrian Tchaikovsky, all he does is post about conventions. Well yes,, that does seem to be the case just now, but mostly because all I do is go to them. Fantasycon, and then Titancon the week after, and then I get some breathing space before Bristol. Seriously, though, I have post ideas backing up. I want to do […]

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The Long Con (1)

My resolution to do fewer conventions this year got a serious crotch-kicking over the last few weeks. I've already sung the praises of Celsius 232 in Aviles, and I've just got back from a mammoth series of London shenanigans starting with Nine Worlds and ending with the World Science Fiction Convention aka Loncon 3.
First caveat: there was […]

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Con-tinuation

I just flew back from Celsius 232 in Avlies, Asturia (1) which has got to be the most refreshingly different convention of my acquaintance. Conventions, in general, get out and about as much as bears in winter, generally lurking very much within the confines of their hotels — although Loncon 3 will shortly test this, as […]

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It's been a long road : some favourite moments from Shadows of the Apt

Does it seem a long time ago, that we were sitting with Sten and Tisamon and Marius in Myna, waiting for the Empire to come kick in the gates?
Back when Empire in Black and Gold was first released, as well as short stories and general fanfarage (1), I had some help from my good friend David Mumford in […]

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The Season Approaches

…in which I shall be hellish busy. The voice of the convention is heard in the land.
Before the details of that, though, some heads up:
Yes, Seal of the Worm is officially out tomorrow (3rd July). Some people already have their copies. The final volume of the Shadows of the Apt is upon us. The insect-kinden aren't done — […]

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How Did It Come To This : The Insect-kinden in their own words

I. Lives of the Monster Insects (from the secret histories of the Moths)
“An age ago, before all records, before metal was smelted, before writing began, the great insects came.
That was a world with different skies, with strange beasts, with stranger people. But the insects were the end of them. They hunted the beasts, they devoured the people, […]

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The Axe finds its Mark

It was worth not winning for that pun.
Huge congratulations to Mark Lawrence who pipped me (and, y'know, Jordan/Sanderson, Lynch and Brett) to the David Gemmell Legend Award this year with Emperor of Thorns.
The image to the left has a double significance as Jason Chan's artwork for Emperor won the Ravenheart award for best cover. Meanwhile, […]

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Nom Nom Nom

Well, just a week to go before I find out that Brandon Sanderson has beaten me out for the Gemmells, the swine . However, some unexpected news on the awards front comes from the British Fantasy Society, who announced their 2014 shortlists tonight.
You can find the full listing here, but a few names certainly leap out. I am […]

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Casting Revealed: Shadows of the Apt III — Revenge of the Insects

And here we go again, following on from Empire in Black and Gold and the rest of the first plot arc, and finishing with a special sneak preview.
The Scarab Path
Jodry Drillen — Phil Avery(1), Accius/Malius (the Vekken) — Lance Reddick, Berjek Gripshod — Giancarlo Esposito
Praeda Rakespear — Freema Agyeman, Hrathen — Danny Trejo, Amnon […]

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