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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Neeewwwww Boooookkk Soooooon!!

And other deeply literary announcements. Here is a cover: Here is a blurb: Theo Miller knows the value of human life – to the very last penny.  Working in the Criminal Audit Office, he assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full. But when his ex-lover is killed, it’s different. This is one death he can’t let become merely an entry on a balance sheet.  Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don’t add up. And here’s hoping that people…

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