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 …

Red Harvest, Yojimbo, A Fistful of Dollars: Remaking the Remake The American Western was revitalised by an Italian director inspired by a Japanese filmmaker with a love of hardboiled fiction. This is the strange international pedigree of the ground-breaking A Fistful of Dollars. Sergio Leoni, a man who neither spoke English or who had visited   Read More …

Equity The Americans have done it again. The conservative wing has rigged the Hugo Awards, turning it into a list of ideological screeds, petty revenge stories, and comedic gay erotica. The progressive wing will no doubt punch back, like they did last year, and vote in ‘No Award’ for the particularly egregious categories. They’ll cheer.   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 …

When an individual earns a billion dollars, they are legally killed by society and their wealth redistributed*. This killing is televised: a SWAT team with go-pros enters the palatial residence, or chandeliered bunker, or mahogany-clad private jet, and puts a bullet to the offending billionaire. In 1982 a terrible film called Logan’s Run was released.   Read More …

There’s s scene in the classic Australian movie, The Castle, where clueless suburban lawyer Dennis Denuto finds himself in the High Court of Australia. He’s assisting a Queen’s Council argue a complex case of constitutional law. Completely out of his depth, Dennis resorts to passing notes at key points during his colleague’s arguments to the full bench   Read More …

Sponsors

  • Cheap reliable web hosting from WebHostingHub.com.
  • Domain name search and availability check by PCNames.com.
  • Website and logo design contests at DesignContest.com.
  • Reviews of the best cheap web hosting providers at WebHostingRating.com.