Barricade and Steeple are cheap as chips for a limited time!

That’s right, We’ve gone mad, MAD I tells ya, and discounted BARRICADE on Ebook for a limited time: that means you can pick up a book described as “Scintillating” (Financial Times) and “A bonafide barnstormer” (Tor.com) for less than that crappy cup of coffee you were thinking about purchasing. BARRICADE is part 1 in the Kenstibec series,…




DS9: Sleazeball to the rescue

What a gift it is for an actor to possess truly corrupt features – shifty eyes, a built-in sneer, the jowls hanging heavy with bitter experience. A long career is far more attainable for the villain than it is for the pretty boy or the action hero. Harris Yulin is one so blessed, a go-to…




The Intruder/ Shame (1962)

As we approach 2017, movie lovers in search of guidance could do worse than take in this Roger Corman ’62 Shatner fest, a black and white morality tale populated by all manner of familiar demons. Shanter plays Adam Cramer, a charismatic cynic drawn to the resentment and fear bubbling under the surface in a small southern town. Cramer has been despatched by…




Fatty in colour! (Thanks to the Beano)

I’ve posted sketches of Fatty before, but at the beginning of the month I had the unique opportunity to draw him on a large scale – and in colour – having joined fellow Gollanczist, Mark Stay, and the very beautiful Kit Cox at the MCM Comic Con to sign books. We were set up at a long table where we consumed sarnies,…




Four Stars for Rig!

Most Excellent Four Star Review for “Rig” (final book in the Kenstibec trilogy) from the Sun newspaper this week: “This series has a wry sense of humour but it’s only when you flip the final page you realise you’ve read a wake-up call to a species unknowingly orchestrating its own destruction. Disturbing, illuminating, and highly entertaining.” This…




Writing as Wells

Today is the 150th anniversary of HG Wells’ birth, and to celebrate I’m running heaps of Wells related stuff and goodness for your reading pleasure. First up I’m writing as the man himself as part of a special, one off edition of my science fiction column for The Engineer magazine. My brief from editor, Stu, was to write…




Summer events update

I’ll be interviewing, Nineworldsing and Gollanczfesting over August/ September On 9th August I’ll have the privilege of interviewing Ed Cox and James Barclay about their new books, Watcher of Dead Time and Heart of Granite respectively – this will be at Blackwells Bookstore, Holborn, London. On 11th August I’ll be at the cricket. Not so much SciFi…




Alien 3

Alien 3, the most underrated of underrated SciFi movies, is probably where the Alien franchise should have drawn to a close. Script problems, David Fincher’s disavowal of the final product, and poor box office combined to taint it so badly that talented upstarts like Neil Blomkamp feel perfectly justified in bypassing it all together, winning…




Rig launch

A quick note to say thanks so much to team Gollancz and Holborn Blackwell’s for organising a fantastic launch evening for Rig, book 3 in the Kenstibec Science Fiction series. Featuring Rig cupcakes, booze, and a damn good chat among readers, bloggers, family and friends it was a smashing way to mark the last Kenstibec book….




Signing Event and other business

Pleased as punch, delighted and excited to post that we’ll be having ourselves a book signing/ launch shindig at Blackwell’s Holborn, London on the 30th from 6.30PM for RIG, part 3 in the Kenstibec series. There’ll be copies of the beautiful final book and a drink or two. It is a wonderful thing indeed to have had…