Other People's Trumpets part (x)

I have, I think, gone on about Children of Time (1) quite long enough. Suffice to say, it has had some lovely reviews, and I truly hope it does well. I release you, oh little spider, out the window of publishing!
Time to talk about some stuff I have been reading, that I think is rather good and deserves to be […]

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Will No One Think of the Children (of Time)?

Or, as originally typed, of Tim. No idea what a book called Children of Tim would be like. Possibly a generational sequel to The Tim Machine and A Dance to the Music of Tim.
Children of Time is out! Not with a bang but a scuttle of little arachnid feet.
If you're interested in some actors I think should play the leads in any […]

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Children of Time vignette 6: Trespassers in Eden

Last little slice before the official release date, and if you were asking, "What's all this human stuff? I thought the book was about aliens!" then this is the most I can possibly say without spoilers. Enjoy!
Trespassers in Eden
Another Earth.
They were working on this place when the bomb went off in Reykjavik, putting the finishing touches to a biosphere […]

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Children of Time vignette 5: Voyage to Nowhere

Meet Vrie Guyen: your life in his hands.
Voyage to Nowhere
You wake in darkness, enclosed. Something is forcing its way into your mouth, down your throat. Something is clamped about your nose. Things are invading you. You fight; you can’t fight: you are restrained. Then something gives; your arm clutches towards your face but strikes a cold, hard […]

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Children of Time vignette 4: Tomb Raiders

Fast forward to a brave new world!
Tomb Raiders
When the impact came it nearly took Arkin from his feet, for all he was clinging to the airlock handholds. He had his helmet on already, waiting for the alarms to tell him they had a hull breach. Or perhaps they were still intact, but now attached inextricably to the ancient […]

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Children of Time vignette 3: Home Fires

Part 3, because, as you saw from the previous segment, we really did it, us maniacs; we blew it all up…
Home Fires
He was a hunter in a harsh season. His name was Rom.
His people lived in the lowlands, near the sea, but the fishing had been poor this year, poorer than the last. The fish were so few, […]

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Children of Time vignette 2: The Last Martian

Here is the second little slice of time. As you can probably guess, you shouldn't get too attached to any of these characters…
The Last Martian
One hundred and four days.
Jenniver Amartez was impressed, in a way. None of it was supposed to last this long, not in these conditions. But it had struggled gamely on and there had […]

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Children of Time — vignette 1: For Love of Humanity

Children of Time hits the shelves on 4th June, or may indeed already be sneakily sitting there in a bookshop near you (you should go out and check, right now!). In the run up to C-Day I'm going to take you on a journey from the world of tomorrow all the way to the distant, broken future […]

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Mad For Max

Mad Max: Fury Road is hands down my favourite film so far this year, and it's set a high bar to get over for the remaining six months. I have a somewhat odd record with the previous 3 films — the original film didn't interest me all that much — it lacks the gonzo post-apocalypse elements of the later […]

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Arthur's 'Alf Dozen 2015 edition

Or maybe 2014, as that's the year under the microscope. The shortlist has been out a while, the ceremony is Wednesday 6th May, so there's just time for me to vent my minuscule opinions on the subject before the rather better informed panel of judges proves me wrong. So… in name order:
The Girl with all the Gifts […]

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