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…




Interview at Gollancz towers

Was pleased to pop round Gollancz’s posh new offices round Blackfriar’s way the other day with agent, raconteur and all round swell guy, Ed Wilson, to record an interview about RIG, the final part of the Kenstibec trilogy, the characters involved, and the writing process in general. Jon Wallace interview with Ed Wilson




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…




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…




They Live (1988)

Google John Carpenter’s They Live and worrying indications of a remake surface. You can understand why someone might think about it. The ’10s’ (or whatever) have passed much like a replayed 1980s – a time of rampant, exploitative capitalism; of oblivious, ostentatious greed; of ‘masters of the universe’ lording it over a docile, hypnotised mass….




Five daft skyscrapers

What to make of skyscrapers, these days? The new century’s explosion of super-talls and mega-talls might, at first glance, offer to satisfy the scifi fan’s impatient need for humanity to break free of the twentieth century. Future towers conjure dreams of a bold, enlightened age, when discovery in materials, robotics and energy creates not only a new architecture, but a new landscape. The imagination leaps…




New story in final Jupiter Science Fiction

After a rather long break from short stories comes Trailer Trash – a scifi tale of shipwreck, survival, and escape published in the very wonderful Jupiter Science Fiction magazine, edited by Ian Redman. Ian published several of my absolute favourite scifi stories over the past few years (Gone Antiquing and The Triangular Trade being particular favourites)…




Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

With a creepy-crawly themed column to write for The Engineer, but brain drained of power, watching a trashy bug movie too easily became justified as ‘research’. Spiders stars Bill Shatner, and with higher than expected reviews on the internet – not great, you understand,  but not as abysmal as the same year’s similarly titled Empire…




Rig cover reveal

Delighted to reveal the cover for the final part in the Kenstibec trilogy, Rig, which comes out 16 June, following on from Barricade and Steeple. It completes a gorgeous design theme from the good people at Black Sheep and I’m pleased as punch to see it completed. Here it is in all it glory… Keep…