Tag: Science Fiction

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…




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…




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…




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)…




Steeple named in Forbidden Planet “Best of 2015”

Thrilled to say that Steeple has been named by Joe Gordon as one of his picks of 2015, over at the Forbidden Planet International blog. Steeple, part 2 in the Kenstibec series and sequel to Barricade, is listed there alongside some brilliant comics, Darren Anderson’s remarkable Imaginary Cities and novels like Station Eleven. Truly distinguished…




New engineering column coming in 2016!

Delighted to announce that from 2016 I’ll be contributing a science fiction column to The Engineer magazine, which has been reporting on engineering innovation since 1856. The column is part of a new look for the mag, and will see me speculate on how the last month’s engineering news might plant the seed of a cracking scifi story. I…




Mad Max, Interviews, reviews, Travelodges and Cons

Just time to post a quick update after a pleasantly busy October. First, I don’t think I posted a link to my Gollancz Blog review of “Mad Max: Fury Road”. Read it here. Read my other movie reviews on thingaboutchickens here. Second, I was privileged in October to speak to Boo from Geek Syndicate – all…




Gollanczfest and FantasyCon

Plenty of joy coming up this October so thought I’d drop a quick post: October 15: I’ll be at the Prince Charles Cinema in London discussing predictions of the future at an event hosted by Pat Cadigan, alongside Gollancz’s class of 2015: Alex Lamb, Antonia Honeywell, Al Robertson and Tom Toner. The Prince Charles is…




Kenstibec’s Twitter Story Part 2

Very pleased to present part two in Kenstibec’s Twitter tale, which ran in 2013/14 in the run up to the publication of Barricade. I was going to run another Twitter story in the run up to the publication of Steeple, but this year I had a day job to take care of as well, which made it…