• Lots going on at Treadwell’s

    by  • August 1, 2006 • 0 Comments

    If you live in London and you’re interested in anything from modern-day magickal workshops to literary readings, esoterica study groups to academic conferences, you should probably check out Treadwell’s Bookshop in Covent Garden. I have to confess that I haven’t actually attended any of their events myself, but that’s only because it’s a heck...

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    Sandbrook on the Summer of Love

    by  • July 30, 2006 • 0 Comments

    There’s a review of Dominic Sandbrook’s White Heat: A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties in today’s Sunday Times culture section. It’s part political history – looking at the coming to power of Howard Harold Wilson – part cultural history of the era. The reviewer, Peter Clarke, concludes that it’s a “lively narrative”...

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    Fantasy vs SF Round One

    by  • July 27, 2006 • 0 Comments

    John Jarrold is talking about the number of fantasy novel debuts this year compared to the complete lack of SF debuts. He points out that fantasy has about 70% of the market compared to SF’s 30%, even though SF is performing stronger than it has done for years. When I started reading, I picked...

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    Bloodsuckers

    by  • July 27, 2006 • 1 Comment

    Not so long ago, author and screenwriter Stephen Gallagher was commissioned by the BBC to do a new take on Dracula.  Cue weeks of epic thinking and slaving over the script to produce what was, by all accounts, a scary, refreshing approach.  On the day of delivery, he was called up by an executive...

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    Research Trips

    by  • July 27, 2006 • 0 Comments

    Going to be dashing back and forth doing research trips for the next book over the coming few days, so postings here may be intermittent and/or short. Or they may not.

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    Not Much To Live Up To, Then

    by  • July 26, 2006 • 1 Comment

    Hearing some interesting things about Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley.  Orbit supremo Tim Holman has described it as the most commercial debut fantasy from a British writer that he’s ever read.  You can’t say that many times in a career without looking foolish so I’m looking forward to getting an advance copy.  It’s out in...

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    Writing What You Don’t Know

    by  • July 26, 2006 • 0 Comments

    “Magicians-in-training, genies-in-exile, apprentice wizards, belligerent fairies, plucky orphans, kind dragons, kind orphaned dragons—a reader cant enter the children’s department of a bookstore these days without tripping on a wand or falling into a portal. Has the saturation point been reached?” Editor Terry Whalin has some good advice for people thinking about writing fantasy. A...

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    Look to the Skies

    by  • July 25, 2006 • 0 Comments

    We now know where all the aliens have gone. TITAN MAY BE RIDDLED WITH CAVES. The highlands of Titan may be riddled with caves, according to the latest images of Saturn’s giant moon. On 30 April, the Cassini spacecraft flew over a large bright region called Xanadu that spans about 4000 kilometres.

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    It’s A Love Thing

    by  • July 25, 2006 • 0 Comments

    It’s 29 years since the ‘Summer of Love’ (now trade-marked, apparently, fact fans).  Thirty years would have made a nice, round figure, but I went and published the book a year early. What’s this got to do with Jack of Ravens?  Read the book… The whole hippie experience has developed its own mythology.  It...

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