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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

Posted in boring crap about ME, comedy, My stand-up comedy

Panoptica by Patrick Hudson

Well, chums, I’ve been and gone and done it. My novel-length satire Panoptica is now available at and presumably in other territories, too. It’s got a Facebook page, even.Click the link for some back cover blurb! In the future,

Posted in comedy, jokes, Panoptica, post-scarcity, writing

Puckoon by Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan was a staple of my childhood. Dad was a big fan of The Goons, and used to play cassette’s of their old shows on his stereo, and the script books hung around the house forever as part of

Posted in comedy, reading log, spike milligan

The Butt by Will Self

Well Self is a sci fi writer. He tries to hide it, but a brief glance at his oeuvre should be enough to convince. It’s there in the title story of his first collection of short stories “The Quantity Theory

Posted in books, comedy, Dr Who, geek culture, reading log, SF, short stories, Will Self

Big Babies – New Series!

Looks like there’s a new series of Big Babies on CBBC. Yesterday the boys went to the market where they met – inevitably – the Gonch, selling dodgy gnomes. You can still watch it on iPlayer, if you’re quick –

Posted in Big Babies, children's TV, comedy

Robo-Hunter: The Droid Files Vol 1

Robo Hunter is another series I remember well from when I was a kid. I knew Ian Gibson’s art from some early Judge Dredd stories (I think he did the Mutie the Pig/Rico stories, which were the first Dredd stories

Posted in 2000AD, comedy, comics, Robo-Hunter

Whatever happened to all the fun in the world?

An interesting essay in the Guardian today (or yesterday, rather) about the somewhat subdued non-genre comics scene. Every few months since the dawn of time – or, at least, since Superman first fled Planet Krypton – articles have appeared in

Posted in brain thoughts, comedy, comics

Wisdom from John K

Ren & Stimpy was probably as important in the development in my sense of humour as Monty Python. Just the other Sunday I spent a couple of hours chuckling over old R&S cartoons with my daughter (who’s four) and loved

Posted in cartoons, comedy, John K

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