Black Mirror

After long last, I’m really excited to say that yes, I’ve been writing a novella for Black Mirror.  Myself, Cory Doctorow and Sylvain Neuvel are doing three separate novellas drawn on the themes and ethos of the TV series, for release as one volume around February 2018.  It’s a real honour to get to play with this universe, and Operation Don’t Cock It Up is well underway. And it’s a tricky operation too.  Black Mirror isn’t a single universe, or a single theme; it’s awesomeness comes from the scale and depth of its ideas, and wading into that with a …

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Never Say Sorry For Being Nice

Have I told you about writers? Needly, anxious, insecure, badly paid, desperate to be informed that they’re wonderful – writers make actors look almost normal, and I say this as someone who has spent far too much time in contact with both. Alone at their keyboards, writers spend a significant amount of their time pining for the moment someone will turn round and exclaim ‘yes, you are THE BEST and I LOVE your books’ and when it happens they’ll turn bright red and mumble something about how you’re too kind and it’ll be catastrophically awkward and everyone will be sorta …

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Super Relaxed Fantasy Club 2017

I’m gonna be reading and chilling at the Super Relaxed Fantasy Club on the evening September 25th at Blackfriars, along with the excellent RJ Barker and Gavin Smith.  Come and join us for a lovely evening of chilling, chatting and merriment! https://en-gb.facebook.com/groups/srfclondon/permalink/817567898423419/

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Encounters 2017

Scotland!  I’m coming to say hello! Specifically, I’m gonna come rootle around in Motherwell on Tuesday October 24th.  Details are here: Encounters Motherwell, Newarthill and New Stevenston Come drop in for a knatter!

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In Moderate Praise of… the Defenders

My partner’s mother was over to visit, but that was not going to interrupt the sacred duty of watching The Defenders when it was released on August 18th.  Come that Friday evening, out came the pizza, down when our backsides and binging commenced. Some context. Defenders is the long-awaited team-up of Marvel’s Netflix heroes, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.  They’ve all had stand-alone series.  They will have several more.  I have seen all of them.  Yes – I’ve even sat through Iron Fist. I only made it through Iron Fist by watching it in other languages.  Everything …

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Dear Marching Historians

Dear People Who March To Protect Our History, I’m sorry to hear that some of you have been caught up with a bad crowd.  The President of the USA himself has made it clear – as well as the white supremacists and KKK, there were good people marching to honour the history of the Confederacy in Virginia, standing up for the right to remember the past and the brave people who fought and died in it.  I getcha – seriously.  Britain is full of statues to charmers like Cecil Rhodes and other bastions of racism, and people as passionate as …

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