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Two New Ketty Jay Books, Directly Towards Your Face

News! News! So Gollancz & I have agreed a deal for two more Ketty Jay books, to follow The Black Lung Captain. The first, with a working title of The Iron Jackal, will probably land on the shelves a year after the release of its predecessor, making it July 2011. The fourth is a bit […]

SFX Weekender

Ok, the deets for the SFX Weekender: Friday I’ll be doing a half-hour reading and Q&A thing on the Slaughtered Lamb stage at 16.30. How much of that is reading and how much Q&A largely depends on how many people turn up. Come with questions! Many questions! Preferably multi-part ones of penetrating depth, but y’know, […]

Uncle Chris’s Writing Tips #3: What The Hell Is A Jazzlewozzy?

‘See there,’ said Rablaaaan the Octrazine. ‘A jazzlewozzy! It will make fine vittels, iffen we can catch it and stick it in a stew with some grated a’rair’thian’ttt’x!’ ‘A jazzlewozzy?’ asked Bert. ‘See its long pointy ears, its elongated hind feet and round fluffy tail! See how it prances and snuffles!’ ‘Are you talking about […]

Update

Random news: The movie adaptation of Malice is progressing nicely. The screenwriter is working on the first draft of the script now and will probably deliver around the end of February, and we’ll see where we go from there. I’ve spent the last couple of months knocking around some secret little projects, and discussing with […]

Gather ye!

News! For those who live in the UK, or who like to travel a long long way, two biggie SF/Fantasy conventions coming up. First is the SFX Weekender on the 5th-6th of February. A celebration of all things SF-ey, this one takes place at an out-of-season Butlins Holiday Camp which, as chance would have it, […]

Mezza Crimbo

Slightly belated festive greetings to all you posters! Here’s hoping you’re reading this with a wad of refried turkey jammed in your mouth and stuffing leaking out your nostrils, wearing an expression of stupefied joy as you slide gently into a food coma that will last you till New Year’s… I’ve been passing much of […]

Uncle Chris’s Writing Tips #2: The Protagonist Drives The Story, Dammit!

The demon leered at the boy. ‘Go through the door on the left, and you save your sweetheart, but your best friend dies. Go through the door on the right, and… well, you get it, right?’ The boy looked from one door to the other. ‘What if I just do nothing? What happens then?’ An […]

Uncle Chris’s Writing Tips #1: The Folly Of Wilful Obfuscation

‘Old man,’ said the boy, ‘you have hinted at my great and terrible destiny and the power within me that may one day save the world. Won’t you please tell me who I am, that I may defeat the Dark Lord in Chapter Six, instead of having to plough through another seven books before our […]

Signing On Thursday – Update

Quick update for those who are coming to Forbidden Planet on Thursday. The Signing (it deserves a capital letter of its own, I’ll have you know) will start at 6 and last for an hour, not an hour or two as I said in the last post. So don’t be too fashionably late, or you’ll […]

Narrative in Video Games (or, Let The Professionals Have A Crack, Why Don’tcha?)

Last Friday, Dragon Age: Origins was released for the PC and XBox. It’s a game I’ve been looking forward to for a long time, since it was developed by a company called Bioware, and Bioware are, frankly, the kings of storytelling as far as videogames go. Tragically, I still haven’t got to play it: my […]