Time for a time war

Last week I finished reading a new novella, This Is How You Lose The Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. Part Spy-vs-Spy, part epistolary love story, part time-travel tale, it’s a book that is sure to feature in the discussions when next year’s award season comes around. It’s a pacy read, but a […]

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Once Upon A Parsec

A while back I was delighted to be asked by author and editor, David Gullen, to contribute a story for a forthcoming anthology with a brilliant premise: alien fairy tales. What would be the stories told by the elders of alien civilizations to thrill and instruct the younger members of their society? What might their […]

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Fantasycon 2018

This weekend I’m going to be heading to Chester for the latest instalment of Fantasycon. As always there is a programme full of panels, talks and other events on all subjects relating to the fantastical genres. I had a wee look at it over the weekend, actually, and marked out a few things that I […]

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Memoirist price crash!

  Hey, folks. For one week only you can get a copy of my near-future SF surveillance state novella, The Memoirist, for absolute buttons because Newcon Press are having an Amazon price crash on selected titles from their novella range. On Saturday, October 13th, the price will crash to £0.99 (UK) / $0.99 (US), but […]

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Interviewing: Christopher Priest

Back when I joined the Glasgow SF Writers’ Circle I asked the members, who were clearly much better versed in the genre than I was, for recommendations of authors to read. The suggestions I received formed the basis of an excellent education, both in the history of SF and in my own tastes. I discovered, […]

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The Importance of Warm Socks

I’m currently coming down from Follycon, the 2018 edition of Eastercon, which was held this year in the pretty (if sodden and sleety) Yorkshire town of Harrogate. I always find Eastercons a revitalising experience as a writer because you’re in place where people are genuinely interested in how you’re getting on. What have you written […]

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2017 Roundup

Time for my annual review of the creative year. It’s always interesting to compare what I’d planned for against what actually came to pass. I always feel that when it comes to creativity, you’ve got to be prepared to roll with it a bit. Some projects won’t work out, while inspiration for others will blizzard in […]

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Imposter Syndrome

I have a story forthcoming in an excellent new anthology of horror stories called Imposter Syndrome. Editors James Everington and Dan Howarth have ask the cream of the current British horror writing scene (and also me) for stories of eerie doppelgangers and doubles, clones and imposters, and I’m delighted to be sharing book space with […]

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