Beautiful Gun Cover Reveal!

Here is Ashel 5, grumpy superwoman, penitential antagonist and big-hearted, heavily-armed lunatic. Isn’t she beautiful? I love all my covers, but wanted to go in a different direction with a new heroine. It was also important that the new cover scream science fiction, but in a way we haven’t seen before. The design is by […]

Why plague sci-fi is crap

I knew there was a reason I’ve never liked plague sci-fi: it’s because it’s always dull and not really sci-fi. Just substitute the plague for any other calamity and it’s just a set of standard disaster tropes. Plague is a tedious antagonist because it don’t make choices based on opportunities afforded by technology, it simply […]

Judging the Clarke Award – Pt 2

THE SHORTLIST There are always oddities – Simon Stalenhag’s The Electric State for example. Was it a novel? Did the pictures matter? Did it have enough words? Were we coming up with reasons not to shortlist it because we think we should? The fact was that we all loved it, it used a novel form […]

Judging the Clarke Award

PART ONE: THE PROCESS I’ve been a fan of the Clarke Award for a long time, having enjoyed both the winning books and those on the shortlists. Not all my favourite books for that year end up shortlisted, but it’s never less than interesting. I’d harboured secret ambitions to be a judge ‘when I was […]

Interview with F.D. Lee @ BSFA

I interviewed F.D. Lee for the BSFA in November, and we covered subjects like how to write time travel fiction properly, climate change science fiction and fact, useful fantasy tropes and how to successfully commercialise your genre fiction. Click here to watch!  

Audiobook narration

I’m an experienced performer and narrator, having worked in theatre, comedy and radio for many years. As a writer myself, I understand the rhythms and cadences necessary to bring your work to life, and have access to a professional studio that will ensure your production meets Audible’s rigorous quality control standards. To get an idea […]

Virtual Futures SF mini-movies!

I’ve posted previously about my short Virtual Futures pieces, and included films shot on phones. However, the following links will take you to the same London performances shot with hi-def cameras and sound recording. The performances were part of a series of events exploring the ways technology is influencing society, and included subjects like AI, […]