New Outer Spheres artwork by Rowena Candy

In ‘The Outer Spheres’, Charity Freestone is aided by characters who were previously antagonists. One is a special forces operative called 23, who becomes Charity’s heavily armed fairy godmother. The protean 23 is never encountered in person; Charity doesn’t even find out what she looks like. Instead, 23 appears as a giant cannon, a warship […]

Book review of ‘Snakewood’ by Adrian Selby

This is a densely-written novel, whose rhythmic narrative is as much of an accomplishment as the convincing world-building; the latter detailed with such invention you forget it’s not, in fact real. Links to our realm – stupid attitudes towards refugees, the desperate politics of smaller countries who want to go their own way without some […]

Can there be science without fantasy? Part 2

Don’t forget the nuts and bolts How much of a problem loss of our ‘specialness’ presents depends on how future generations interact with technology. All it will take is for one generation to overlook analogue realities and pretty soon nobody will know how the technology works, rendering it ‘magical’. Add user interfaces shaped like wands […]

Not everything I write is covered in bees

Adrian Tchaikovsky interviewed by Ian Whates at BSFA 22.02.17 Adrian Tchaikovsky is the 2016 Clarke Award-winning author of science fiction epic ‘Children of Time’, in which a nano-virus intended to help seed mammal life on a distant planet instead speeds the spiders and ants who were meant as mere background life towards sentience and the […]