State of the Nation – 2015

It’s been an eventful year. It’ s only November, admittedly, so I guess it’s been an eventful 9 months, but seriously I feel as though I’ve burned the midnight oil twice as brightly at both ends this year.(1) I have done a lot of conventions, for a start. This year and last year have been […]

Dublin, Nottingham, Lightspeed!

Firstly, holy hell yes does the structure of this site need updating. That is being looked at. Secondly, Bristolcon was a blast. I was on a really interesting, gritty panel on AIs that delivered (for me anyway) on an intellectual. I got to be the Prophet of Doom, which is a panel role I occasionally […]

Planet of the Updates

Busy busy, so just a few quick things as proof of concept that I’m still updating the blog. Nine Worlds was ace. I’ve already booked for next year. I got to talk (and learn) about Doctor Who and books and stuff, and I had a very successful signing. I also got to give out the […]

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 […]

Pillars of Salt

Or, time for a brief glance backwards. It’s been a mixedsort of year. A lot of people I know have had a rough time of it for various reasons – illness, personal problems and the vicissitudes of the writing game amongst them. The industry has lost a lot of people. It has been something of […]

Busywork

Although the Elder Scrolls Online trailer has given me sufficient food for thought for a second stab at the MMO genre, I’m still weighing the wisdom of taking up arms against that particular sea of troubles. However, I did want to set out the various conventions and other shenanigans I’m down for this year, in […]

Apologies

…for no post recently. It’s in a good cause: I’m getting well and truly stuck in to the new series, and having enormous fun with it. New anthology news (1) is that I have a proper SF piece in Solaris Rising 2, a rather nice-looking anthology whose pages I share with such luminaries as Paul […]

Writing for a Good Cause

Just a very brief post to announce that a couple of Shadows of the Apt stories have found a wider audience. Firstly, I am in some shockingly good company in the anthology Triumph Over Tragedy, now available on Amazon. This contains my story Spoils of War, originally debuted on this site, and I am joined […]

Nerdeast and Writing About Race updates

The schedule for Nerdeast on 9th June in Durham is set – I will be giving some sort of talk, hopefully assisted by fellow author Russell Smith, from around 3pm. We’ll be the last people on, so if anyone fancies grabbing a drink (1) afterwards that’s probably a good time – also for getting stuff signed […]

News update

or suddenly realizing it’s been a while since the last post. There is a schedule up now for Alt Fiction, which has some good-looking stuff in it. It’s an event I’ve much enjoyed in past years, and looking good this year too. Somewhat late with this one, but I have a blog post up at […]