Let Me Axe You Something 2 : Another Big Axe

Well, obviously my nemesis Doctor Penguino (1) has had word of my general allergy to awards, because I suddenly find myself on the David Gemmell Legend award shortlist!
Seriously, though, I am insanely grateful to everyone who cast their vote for me. This is the first time I've clawed my way onto a shortlist, and it's with book 9 of […]

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Arthur's 'Alf Dozen

A woman tries to rebuild her husband's mind using the machine that dismantled it; a botanist touches the soul of a planet; the mind of a warship plots revenge on the powers that destroyed it; a photographer tries to come to terms with his inexplicably dead wife; a scientist experiments with a drug that allows direct access to the minds of […]

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Breaking the First Rule of Fight Club

So a couple of weeks ago I was at the unveiling of (wait for it) The Lost Second Book of Nicoletto Giganti. This is not a sequel to a fantasy blockbuster about giants. Instead, it’s an early 17th century fencing manual. Fellow author Anne Lyle was also there, and her report is here.
This is a fascinating example of how the […]

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Teacher's Favourites

One question that turns up a lot, from readers and in interviews, is "Which characters are your favourites to write?"  And of course I love all my insect-kinden children, even the ones I brutally kill off seconds after you meet them, but it's true there are a few who are an especial joy to write for. And 'write for' […]

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Let Me Axe You Something

It's that time again, a small trumpet-blowing post appealing to your love of democracy (1).
The David Gemmell awards longlist is up, and War Master's Gate is on it. Although I have a well-advertised allergy to any kind of award — meaning that the world, out of consideration for my fragile health, has ensured I never get near any — […]

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Friends, Foes and Rivals

You have probably seen this link by now, at least if you live anywhere near my corner of the Social Mediadrome. The response has been pretty much what you might expect, with people essentially picking it up, carrying it to a big stack of wood and setting fire to it. Lynn Shepherd has been villified, accused […]

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So, You Don't Like Twilight

So, genre and gender is still making the SFF industry look ridiculous, now sufficiently so to catch the derisive attention of reporting well outside the genre, and at the same time as the ripples from that farrage(1) were still crossing the water, (NK Jemisin has a good take on it here) we got Foz Meadows' report that […]

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The Little People

I try to let plot, world and characters develop as organically as possible. One major upshot of this is that bit-part players, conjured into existence to fill a momentary need of the narrative, can take on a life of their own. If a niche arises for them, they can take on real lives of their own. Here are […]

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The MMOs of yesteryear

TIme for something relatively trivial.
I like MMORPGs. They're the game genre I've spent most time playing for the last seven or eight years, with occasional excursions for Skyrim, Portal 2 and a few others. When I started off there was a small number of them (1) and I played just the one. Now there seem to be hundreds and I've […]

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Mad Science

Super Secret Project Zeta Go!
I am very glad to announce that Tor UK have picked up a brand new novel of mine, as they announce here.
This is in addition to Guns of the Dawn (1) and the new series that will start with The Tiger and the Wolf. As you'll note, the new book is a bit of […]

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