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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,…




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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…




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Fancy a free signed book?

I’ve five signed paperbacks of Steeple (Part 2 in the Kenstibec series) available to win! In this second installment of the post apocalyptic trilogy, Kenstibec takes on an insane mission to climb the ruin of a megatall skyscraper, chased along the way by cannibals and attack drones, through crawlspaces and lift shafts, in search of his lost…




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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…




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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…




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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…




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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….




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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…




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It’s publication day!

Rig, part 3 in the Kenstibec series, if officially out in ebook and trade paperback today from Gollancz. to celebrate there’s been all sorts afoot, including this beautiful GIF, worked up by a friend at work. I’ve also been blogging over at gingernutsofhorror.com about Trump, Superyachts and Science Fiction, plus answering a few questions on the Gollancz blog…




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Steeple: 4 stars and heaps of blogs

Steeple received a 4 stars review from The Sun in April, I’m thrilled to say. The review said: “The action is tense, the violence gruesome but compelling and the science fiction engaging. In other words, it’s every bit as good as its predecessor.” Boom! Meanwhile in March I put together a whole heap of articles for…