Coming soon – The Ships of Aleph

I’m delighted to announce the imminent publication of my novella The Ships of Aleph as an ebook. This story, set in the Hidden Empire universe, was originally available only as a limited-edition hardcopy chapbook, produced by Novacon 42 when I was their Guest of Honour. Watch this space for more details!

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Happy New Year

I’d love to be able to kick off 2015 by announcing I’ll have another novel out this year, either continuing the Hidden Empire sequence or something new but alas, I can’t. I have been working on other novel-length projects, and at least one of these will (by hook or crook) eventually see print. Just not this […]

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Goodreads and me

I don’t hang out on Goodreads much. I still like the concept, although since it became property of the Evil A, I’m not so comfortable there. Still, I was surprised to learn recently (from a reader of this very blog) that my habit of not putting stars next to books actually brings their rating down. […]

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Me and my Garret

I’ve had cause to take stock recently, and one of my more frivolous realisations is that, despite entitling this blog Tales from the Garret, I’ve never described said garret in any detail. Time to rectify that, I think. First off, a confession: it’s not a real garret. It’s actually a loft conversion. But it is […]

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Wicked Women

Just back from a lovely week away with Beloved to find my contributor’s copy of the Fox Spirit Books anthology Wicked Women waiting on the doormat (sorry about the Am*zon link, it’s not stocked in many places). My contribution is a retold fairytale (sort of), but I’m looking forward to reading the other stories, as […]

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Novacon!

This time next week I’ll be packing for Novacon, where I have a packed schedule: Friday 22:00: Congoing On a Shoestring – It’s been a busy year for British and Irish fans: a Worldcon in London, a Eurocon in Dublin, a clearly unmissable weekend in Nottingham. But in a time of austerity, how can we stretch our […]

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Review: Empire of Dust

Space Opera isn’t dead; instead, delightfully, it has grown up. Empire of Dust, the debut novel from Jacey Bedford, published by DAW, is a fine example of a novel which has its roots in the sub-genre, but grows beyond it. Cara Carlini is a woman with a past, and she’s running away from it as […]

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Fun Out West

We’re back from another excellent BristolCon. Lots of great panels, a lovely atmosphere and a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Also cake. There’s always plenty of high quality cake, given away for free, at Bristolcon. Other cons could learn from this. Highlights included Paul Cornell’s kaffeklatsch (though I don’t […]

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Bristolcon – They know me well…

It’s just over two weeks until one of my favourite conventions, BristolCon. Held on Saturday 25th October in (duh) Bristol, this is a lovely little one day convention. My schedule shows that the organisers know me far too well: Midday – Interactions: Conventions like Bristolcon are a great place to meet and chat with people you […]

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Designed by Martin Reed

  • Happy all. I plan to celebrate by getting more than 10 minutes reading in tonight.,
  • RT : Free copy of NUNSLINGER in situ. Where am I?! ,
  • Enough with the gratuitous watery apocalypse already, can we have some proper plot? @@BBCTheArchers,
  • After far too long, something new: (I should probably have said The Wait is Over! but I'm too British for that.),
  • Oh damn, Spock's dead. And this time he won't be coming back. ,