The New of the New: upcoming cons and projects

Long pause since I last blogged, which was on the Clarkes shortlist, the suspense of which will be resolved at Foyles in London this 27th July, where I will have the honour of handing out this year’s award to one of those six worthies. As previously gushed, it’s a hell of a shortlist this year. […]

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 […]

The Time of the Children is Nigh!

I regret to announce that I won’t be doing my annual readthrough of the Clarkes shortlist this year because of a thorny little conflict of interest. It appears that someone did, after all, think of the Children (of Time) and Portia and her little friends have scuttled their way onto the shortlist. Is this a […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]