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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I’ll be interviewed by the redoubtable and fabulous Ida Silkyfish at the BSFA next Wednesday 25 September at 7.15pm (doors 6.30pm) upstairs at the Central Station pub, 37 Wharfdale Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9SD. Event is FREE! This is us at Eastercon after a few sherries, which should give you an idea of the […]
The Princess & The Orrery is Book Three of FD Lee’s bestselling fantasy series, The Pathways Tree. The books subvert familiar fairytale tropes using clever twists on genre conventions, and have established a loyal following since the first book was published independently in 2015. Since then, FD has got a doctorate in mythological analysis and its […]
SRFC has enjoyed a roving existence. The first one I went to was at a hotel near Kings Cross; the next location was Waterstones in Tottenham Court Road, then the basement of Hachette’s HQ near Blackfriars, then the roof of Hachette’s HQ near Blackfriars and most recently the HQ of Forbidden Planet – also near […]
This video was recorded at the BSFA earlier in the year and features me and fellow author Stephen Oram chatting about the writing process, structure and inspiration. Click here and press play to watch Chad Dixon’s Periscope recording.
At the BSFA on 23 June 2018, Donna Bond moderated a panel including me, FD Lee, Allen Stroud & Graham Sleight about the future of fandom. Are Amazon and Netflix a good thing or a problem? Why do we cling to old intellectual properties instead of supporting new ones? Will technology help or hinder […]
Dr Suzy Gray uses drama and augmented reality to explore science fictional concepts ranging from the political implications of energy transference to the emotional outcomes of super-positioning. I’ll be interviewing her about her influences and how less expected media like theatre and poetry can explore science fiction in original and compelling ways at the monthly […]
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