Natural Medicine

A sound engineer friend had a baby monitor in his kitchen.  One night, without any warning, the plug caught fire.  “Can you smell smoke?” asked the missus, and in they ran to find flames beginning to lick up the walls.  They got it out in fairly short order, but in the process my friend suffered some burns to his hands.  It was frightening, but thank the heavens, could have been much, much worse.  “Imagine if we were asleep,” he fumed, “I don’t even want to think about it!” As burns went they remarkably mild, and the entire family, thankfully, got…

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Damnit Speedy Kat!

There are certain biological differences between men and women. There, I’ve said it, tada!  And I haven’t really said it before, because the second you utter those words total wankers tend to jump on them with a cry of “yes, men are more logical and strong, and women are more emotional and teary, see!” which is… uch… so much bullshit. Obviously, ladies make babies… boys tend to be warmer in winter and more likely to have haemophilia.  There are definite genetic tweaks brought about by that pesky Y-chromosome.  And yes, men tend to be physically stronger, and women tend to…

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Ursula Le Guin

A few weeks ago, Ursula K. Le Guin died.  She was one of the bad-ass bosses of fantasy/SF writing, and with her passing it feels like a whole era is ending.  She was also one of the writers who inspired me as a kid, first through sheer love of reading her books – A  Wizard of Earthsea basically got me into fantasy along with Pratchett’s Discworld – and later through a growing awareness of the role of women writers in the field.  ‘Cos fantasy/SF is still pretty firmly male.  Many many awesome males, but still more than there are women,…

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More Upcoming Events 2018

Some dates for the diary coming right up… Saturday 24th February, I’m part of SFX’s BookCon at Foyles on Charing Cross Road, chatting about Adaptations with the wonderful Adam Roberts and Richard Morgan, whose recent adaptation of Altered Carbon I’m also really looking forward to. On March 16th, I’m coming to Waterstones Oxford to chat with the ever-awesome Mike Carey (here dressed up as M.R.Carey of Girl With All The Gifts fame) about… well, probably books and the universe, but to be honest we’ve spent so much time geeking out that it’s now almost impossible to predict where things might…

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In praise of translators

I have a fantasy of one day taking all the translations of various versions of my book, combining them together and re-translating them back into English.  A bit like constantly re-running things through google translate, it could be interesting to see the outcome… but more importantly, it’d give me a chance to fix a few things. I have now received a bundle of emails from various countries that go a bit like this: “Hi, Claire/Kate/Cat, I’m your translator for [language/region] and I just wanted to say I really enjoyed the book.  I really liked how you represented [another region] and…

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