Guardian

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”.

From Fantasy England to Realistic Space Battles

I had a spurt of reading energy so instead of giving you three weeks of reviews I decided to bundle them altogether into one article. Luckily for me I get to review books from two of my favorite authors. First up is The Place of Dead Kings by Geoffrey Wilson. Sequel to Land of Hope and Glory, […]

Convincing vs. Amazing: Balancing Your SF World

Author Paul J. McAuley (author of  “A Very British History“, one of my favorite short stories) recently tweeted: The trouble with SF ‘worldbuilding’ is that it too often strives to be dully convincing, instead of amazing. I couldn’t agree more. Take The Lost Fleet series by John G. Hemry under the pen name Jack Campbell. The story follows the protagonist […]