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You Are The Hero – A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks

A review of a history of You Are the Hero adventure game books.

Stop the (parallel) Worlds – I Want To Get Off!

They're expanding everywhere: an infinite series of novels, an endless number of parallel stories, each one populated by people who seem similar to us but whose lives have changed in just one salient way

The Fourth Gwenevere by John James

A tale of forensic authorship, the discovery and completion of John Jame's long lost final novel.

Review: Jani and the Greater Game by Eric Brown

Eric Brown takes us on steampunk adventure through India at the time of the Raj. The year is 1925, and history has taken an alternate course.

Review: New Life and New Civilizations (ed.) Joseph F. Berenato

The history of Star Trek comics. (We've got one coming that's not in the book!)

The Road to Middle-Earth by Tom Shippey

The Road to Middle-Earth is a wonderful companion to any trip across Middle-earth and it is a welcome reminder of the huge craft that J.R.R. Tolkien brought to his work.

Self-Publishing Odyssey: Part 5 The Launch

Fraught with peril and nail-biting anticipation, launching a new book is always exciting.

Self-Publishing Odyssey: Part 4 Designing the Cover Image

Alastair Savage's Self-Publishing Odyssey moves on to stage 4: Designing the cover.

Karel Čapek: SF Pioneer

Rediscovering Lovecraft's "direct contemporary" - Karl Capek

Talus and the Frozen King by Graham Edwards

A murder mystery set in stone age Britian.

Self-publishing Competitions: Leave Your Elves At Home

The enormous media interest in self-publishing has been fired by the breakthrough success of Wool by Hugh Howey, so SF is leading the way in this field. It's strange therefore to hear the Guardian's flamboyant Books section editor Claire Armistead warning that "It's all too easy to dismiss the self-publishing sector as a wilderness of elves, sex and high-school romcoms".

Self-publishing Odyssey: Part 3 The Dirty Business Of Promotion

A look at self-publishing promotional strategies.

Interview With Gary Chalk, Fantasy Artist, Author and Games Designer

an interview with the unstoppable game designer, author and illustrator - Gary Chalk.

Self-Publishing Odyssey: Part 2 Agents and Editors

How do you get anyone to look at your book? When I was an in-house editor, I was very aware that it was difficult to get anyone to read a submission from a member of the public. The reality is that most editors are extremely busy and continually up against time pressure.

Review: Cemetery Girl by Charlaine Harris

Alastair reviews the new graphic novel by Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden and Don Kramer

Self-publishing Odyssey: Part 1 The Decision

Alastair Savage joins Achilles, Agamemnon, Helen, Paris and Menelaus before the walls of Troy as he embarks on a self-publishing odyssey.

Robophobia!

1977 Doctor Who predicted 2014 real life: Robophobia.

David Whitaker – Unsung Hero of Doctor Who

Every so often in life, a moment of serendipity occurs when everyone involved in a project creates something marvellous. The birth of Doctor Who, fifty years ago this week, is one of those moments.

Interview with Carl Critchlow, artist, illustrator and inventor of Thrud the...

Carl Critchlow has been an artist and author on the SF and fantasy scenes for almost thirty years, during which his work has appeared in DC Comics as well as 2000AD.

Interview with Peter F. Hamilton, author of Great North Road

Peter F. Hamilton is one of Britain's best-selling SF authors. Hamilton's novels hark back to the great days of science fiction, reveling in big ideas and unafraid to tackle hard science.

Website review: Doctor Who: the classic series

A survey of Doctor Who websites - official and fan.

Interview with Pat Mills, Founder of 2000AD

Over four decades Pat Mills has been a major force in keeping the British comics industry alive. I caught up with him to chat about the reappearance of one of his most enduringly popular characters, the Celtic barbarian, Sláine.

Interview with Steve Jackson, author of Fighting Fantasy and the Sorcery!...

Steve Jackson is one of the biggest names in British fantasy fiction. Along with Ian Livingstone, he was one of the founders of Games...

Dirk Gently Revisited

Back in 1978, a young comedy sketch writer sent a script to the BBC’s flagship SF show, Doctor Who. Far from setting hearts fluttering...

A Commissioning Editor Speaks: David Moore of Abaddon Books

Britain's Abaddon Books is a seething brew of villainous steampunk, sleek spaceships, cruel sorcery, and blood-soaked horror. I tracked their commissioning editor David Moore down to...

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe

If you're looking for a glossy, full-colour account of Marvel Comics, featuring classic artwork and covers from the company's long history, this book is...

Eric Brown Interview

Eric Brown is the author of over forty books including Helix and Kethani. His latest novel, The Serene Invasion features an eerie conquest of...

Blake’s 7 returns!

Exciting news today from The Telegraph newspaper. The classic British SF series Blake’s 7 is to be remade by FremantleMedia and the SyFy network. Blake’s 7...

Flash Fiction

We are inundated by fiction. Every trip to the few remaining bookshops has more and more books marching along the shelves, magically procreating like...

The Monster Makers

The spotlight last month fell on the special effects wizards who make SF monsters come to life. The crowning glory was the award of...