Thank you PKD!

I’m honoured and excited to say that 84K was awarded the Special Citation by the Philip K. Dick Award 2019, with the overall prize going to Audrey Schulman for Theory of Bastards. Anyone who follows this blog knows how much this means to me and how grateful I am; thank you again to the the judges for all their epic reading, and for giving this citation! There was much dancing and screaming round the room. Thanks also to Fonda Lee (author of the awesome Jade City books) for accepting this on my behalf – I wish I could have been…

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In Astonished Praise of… Queer Eye

I hate reality TV shows. Their contrived drama, their oh-so-spontaneous-not-scripted-scripting. Most of the time they thrive on conflict, aggression and dehumanisation, turning people into objects to be mocked, scorned, sexualised or ridiculed. They hypnotise with suffering, or promise a lifestyle that is utterly unrealistic, promoting a consumerist obsession that devaules what people already have or… … long story short, I really hate reality TV shows. There’s perhaps only two exceptions to this. The first is the Great British Bake-Off, which manages to hit the two requisites of a) cake and b) a general theme of people rushing around trying to…

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I’m Really Sorry, A Post About Brexit

If you are as bored of Brexit as me, look away! Unfortunately, there’s still a tonne of stuff to stay, including the regular cry of “oh God what’s our government doing now?!” With every week that goes by people get angrier and angrier, and the consequences of this are going to be felt in the UK for years to come. However there are a few specific things that I wanna poke at that just keep on bugging me…. 1. A second referendum is undemocratic. I get where this comes from, in as much as we haven’t really enacted the first…

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Gamehouse in paperback whooooooo!

Well, I guess the subject-line says it all. Today the lovely people at Fantasy Hive revealed the cover for the Gameshouse (in English, ‘cos Germany is already all over this) which is being published as all three novellas in one book in May 2019. Shout out to Lisa Marie Pompilio for a beautiful bit of design!

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Some More Upcoming Events – 2019

Thursday 14th March – I’m honoured and excited to be talking with Dee Lestari and Laksmi Pamuntjak at the London Book Fair as part of the British Council’s Indonesia Focus, in which writers celebrating the best of Indonesian literature discuss their work. I feel grossly under-qualified, and not a little bit intimidated by the achievements and awesomeness of the visiting writers; it should be grand. Saturday March 16th – at 7.30 p.m. I’m going to sit down with M.R.Carey at the York Literature Festival to talk about books, comics, stories and hopefully more yodelling (it’s a whole thing) as part…

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9 Hours of Grade 9

Ever wanted to spend a weekend at a martial arts seminar? Pack the arnica, you’ll need it. Day 1. 12 p.m.. Injuries: none. Actually, technically there’s still a healing scar across my forehead from when I hit myself in the face with my own palm stick two weeks ago. For the sake of my ego, I should point out that I only hit myself to avoid hitting a man 5 grades lower than me after he charged forward in a way that would have ended badly. Just saying. Heroic, sacrificial face-gash…. We begin with a warm-up. The drill is simple:…

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