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If you like my incisive SF criticism, you will love my peurile knob gags

It’s the moment the world’s been waiting for! I have finally conceded to the pleading of my many fans to pick up the mic and give stand-up comedy a go. I’m currently honing my act at open mic nights around

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The Best of the Best edited by Gardner Dozois

Unlike the volumes I read last year in my survey of classic science fiction, this doesn’t come with an exhaustive historical or critical essay as an introduction. Instead we get a celebratory foreword from Robert Silverberg and a brief preface

Posted in boring crap about ME, geek culture, reading log, science fiction is dead, SF, short stories, The Best of the Best

Happy birthday Uncle Bill

Today is the 100th birthday of William S Burroughs. I had the good fortune to meet him at his home in Lawrence, Kansas back in 1995. That’s me in the middle. On the right is my friend Gil Bavel. Happy

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Thinks and links: Creativity

It’s basically all this guy’s fault. In light of the short story The Country of the Kind, I’ve been thinking a bit about creativity. This story suggests that creativity is a necessary curse that we must endure if we’re to

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Rise of the Robots: reading log, third quarter 2013

Once more the clock of the year arrives at quarter to midnight… well, practically ten-to now, but I’m doing the best I can here. It’s been a busy quarter covering the summer holiday period, although I know I make that

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The End of Summer

And so summer comes to an end. Oh yes, I know it’s only the middle of August, but I’ve had my holidays and now begin settling in for work once more. While I was away, I found this at The

Posted in boring crap about ME, H P Lovecraft, Jack Vance, nostalgia, second hand books, SF

Reading report Q1 2013: Kindle is King

For me, the first quarter of this year was dominated by February, when I fled the winter chill of London for a month of summer in my antipodean mother land. I won’t bore you with how great it all was

Posted in boring crap about ME, comics, e-books, Jack Vance, Kindle, reading log, science fiction is dead, SF

I, Robot – part 1: Introduction

NB: I do eventually get to I, Robot! Don’t you ever ask yourself, ‘how did I get here from there?’ It’s one of my favourite trains of thought, lying awake when sleep seems far away and the dark is haunted

Posted in boring crap about ME, I Robot, Isaac Asimov, reading log, SF

Marvel Essential Warlcock – part 8

Strange Tales featuring Warlock #180 This is the first issue of an American-style comic I can remember seeing. I think my brother brought it home from a trip in to London, perhaps with the scouts. I was used to typical

Posted in boring crap about ME, comics, Jim Starlin, Marvel Essential Warlock

Harry Harrison is dead!

  I have always considered The Stainless Steel Rat as the book that moved me from kiddy fair to ‘grown-up’ books when I read it 10 years old. It was a revelation to me in its witty approach and

Posted in 2000AD, books, boring crap about ME, Ezquerra, geek culture, Kim Newman, SF, writing

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