Vikings Season 1 – 2 (Canadian – Irish production) Vikings is a bloody, meat-tearing, bare-arsed and tits-bared trek through Viking culture, mythology, and history. Ragnar Lothbrok’s (Australian Travis Fimmel) stare is enough to make shield maidens swoon and Saxons poop their pants. Good actors, great fight scenes, and oh yeah, I’ve fallen in love   Read More …

Writing about other cultures is bloody difficult. It’s also important, and speculative fiction writers in particular should always be thinking about different realities. But it is not something to be taken lightly. I don’t want to talk about Lionel Shriver. That’s been done. It’s old news. (click on PDF icon, above right, if you prefer to read   Read More …

Facebook told me the other day that It’d been three years since I’d sold my first short story. So, aside from the general unease that comes from knowing how much personal information I’ve willingly – and unwillingly – given to the vampire squid of global techno-capitalism, I suppose a writing stocktake is in order. The   Read More …

Coming up for air after Conflux (the Canberra SF Writer’s Convention), I looked back on the first article I wrote on Conflux and Cons in general a couple of years back. Things have come along quite a bit for me since then. Mostly for the good. Bunch of short stories published, London-based agent, rocking a writer’s beard;   Read More …

A few years back when I’d first arrived in Vietnam, and was still very new to writing, I produced The Four Deaths of Taylor Ngo. Set in a jazz bar in Ha Noi (and, yes, based on a real jazz bar in that city that boasts impressive musicians, the thick haze of cigarette smoke, and a   Read More …

I was recently interviewed by David McDonald for the 2016 Aussie Speculative Fiction Snapshot. Undertaken every two to three years, the Snapshot is an informal census of the local genre scene. A tonne of cool authors and editors are interviewed, and I was pleased to be asked this year. My interview with David is here.   Read More …

The US culture industry wants the Chinese market. The only way is through the Chinese government, which restricts the number of foreign films allowed in the country each year – thirty-four only. To get one of those precious slots, Hollywood has learned to kowtow. Now, there’s nothing wrong with Hollywood trying to nuance is content   Read More …

I mean, it could have been worse. I was late to watching the movie – anyone with young children is always late to doing anything – but all I’d heard in the lead-up was the splat of pop-cultural fans and critics throwing dung at the film from a great height. I thought it was going   Read More …

Well, I got a literary agent. Pretty damn important step in my writing career. A fundamental step, in my view. I stumbled across this agent – Piers Blofeld – on YouTube, where he’d posted a brutal, but useful video explaining his rejection process. Brutal insofar as he makes snap decisions, often only reading the cover   Read More …

There is a meme that circulates every few months. A picture, black and white, the 1950s perhaps, everyone on a train with their head buried in a newspaper. It comes with a subtitle along the lines of: ‘All this technology is making us anti-social’. Oh the irony. Check mate, old bean. *like*. On to next   Read More …

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