An idea I seem to have stumbled into three times in as many weeks…the ‘breakout’ artist. Every type of art gets them from time to time. Folk music got Dylan. Kids books just got JK Rowling. Sports get them as well, basketball got Michael Jordan. Something about an individuals work gets them noticed far andContinue reading “The Next Big Thing?”
As usual the folks over at the Asimov’s magazine forum have sparked up another interesting conversation. http://www.asimovs.com/discus/messages/2/6239.html?1159539485 Is blogging egocentric? Given that most blogs are never read or read by only a small handful of people, you could argue that a blog is no more egocentric than a secret diary. In many ways I findContinue reading “Why Blog?”
I wish I could say I left Yahoo! as part of a principled stand against their activities in China, or as a protest against their horrendously corporate identity. Perhaps these things crossed my mind, but the truth is I left because Yahoo! stopped working. There is no doubt that Yahoo! represents the worst of theContinue reading “Evil Yahoo!”
Found a new love. Brought her home with me. Had her stolen by some dirty handed scutter…nnoooooo! So I’d had the new montain bike for twelve days when it went awol. I’m starting to feel better now that the replacement has arived. But I’m still struggling to deal with the idea that my ride isContinue reading “Bike it!”
Just found out I’ve had a story accepted for Electric Velocipede. Its a very cool magazine which has previously published many really good writers including Hal Duncan, Paul DiFillipo and Jay Lake. They have bought the short story ‘Momentum’ and will be publishing it sometime in 2007. http://members.aol.com/evzine/
Under the benevolent leadership of the Emperor the Imperium has stretched across the galaxy in a golden age… Whoa there – Golden age? Benevolent leadership? Isn’t this Warhammer 40K, the most brutal SF franchise known to man and home of the universes toughest homosexual icons, the Space Marines? The new series from the BlackContinue reading “Horus Rising by Dan Abnett”
A political alignment test has incited some debate at the Asimov’s web forum under ‘Being a villain to the left and right’: http://www.asimovs.com/discus/ And the test itself at: http://politicalcompass.jpagel.net Its quite simplistic but at least raised the issue that not all liberals are communists, which seems to be a common miscoception among American conservatives. SeemsContinue reading “Axis of…”
I’ve been working up a few ideas as an essay entitled ‘The Psycho-Geography of the Mystic City’ over the last couple of days. Hopefuly I’ll post it up on the blog at some point when it is finished. I think it might be the basis of of a serial fiction. I’ve been toying with theContinue reading “Episode IV – A New Hope”
You know how it is. Or at least you do if you spend some small part of your time on web forums as I do. You find repeating themes in the posts you are reading, and in your answers to them. Ideas begin sparking in the tiny mind you (and I) have access to andContinue reading “The SF Genre?”
Light – M John Harrison Spaceships, magicians, anorexics, London, deep space, virtual worlds, gritty realities. If Harrison were a chef he’d have just invented the first dish known to man to contain every majour ingredient. And within this riotous cocktail are the strange shapes of the quantumn world as it intersects with theContinue reading “Light – M John Harrison”
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