The online bubble is making us dumber and meaner. It has become a sociopathic space curated by giant corporations, corruptive of clear thought and the capacity for human empathy. I can’t quite remember when it happened. How we became so polarized, so contemptuous and ignorant of each other. The point when Facebook changed from a   Read More …

Wouldn’t have a fucking clue how to do one myself – I may be a science fiction writer, but I’m also a technophobe with a generalised incompetence when it comes to matters of new media. But, look, I do watch them from time to time; I’ve picked three that will edify. The first, on Mad Max, unpicks   Read More …

Let’s start with the good news: an Aurealis Award and an ‘Best of the Year’ Anthology inclusion. The Aurealis nomination for Best Horror short story was unexpected, because I’d never written horror before, and well, I’d never thought I’d be nominated for an Aurealis, either. The story, Flame Trees, is certainly science fiction, but yeah,   Read More …

I respond with a mixture of envy and fear every time a writer tells me they were born to write. Every time I read about this famous writer getting their first type-writer at 10, or that famous writer publishing their first story at 14, it rankles. It’s not all bad, starting late, there is an   Read More …

The shortlist for the Ditmar Awards has been released and I’m on it. Twice. Which means I’m double-decker chuffed, as my five year old son would say. The Ditmars are voted on by the Australian spec fic community (where the Aurealis Awards are a juried prize). First, Flame Trees was nominated in the Best Short   Read More …

Kazuo Ishiguro writes in the aftermath of the noir event. The tragedy has passed, the noir moment of betrayal now an unreliable memory. Ishiguro is my favourite living author. I re-read one of his novels recently: An Artist of the Floating World and a second, When We Were Orphans, for the first time (the latter   Read More …

Numbers fourteen down to seven on the list are here, if you missed it. If not, may I present the final countdown: (click on PDF icon, above right, if you prefer to read black script on white) 6) Christopher Nolan Christopher Nolan has never made a bad film (the worst on the list below is the Dark   Read More …

I was fucking chuffed to have received my first (and shit, maybe last) Aurealis Award nomination a few days ago. For the uninitiated, the Aurealis Awards are the juried prize for best genre fiction in Australia.  The short story – Flame Trees – started as science fiction, as with everything I write, but ended up   Read More …

Let me pose this scenario: you’re a geek (shut up, you are). You’re marooned on Mars (shut up, just go with this). You’ve got enough food and water to last until the resupply mission arrives in eighteen months. You may pick the cinematic corpus of only one director to entertain you until the rescue mission arrives. You are   Read More …

Predictions, that’s all. I’m a science fiction writer – prognostication is part of the deal. But to paraphrase Ursula Le Guin: good science fiction is description, taking the DNA strands of the future that exist already in the present. Or as Goethe said: “Coming events cast their shadows before.” The world, over the course of   Read More …

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