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 …

Neil Clarke recently announced the table of contents for his ‘Best Science Fiction of the Year’. It’s an impressive line up. What the fuck I’m doing in it, I’m not sure, but hey, I’ll take it. Short fiction-wise this is probably my biggest achievement, certainly up there with my first sales to Interzone and Asimov’s.   Read More …

  This isn’t a review of the entire film. There are plenty of those around, written by better critics than I. All I’ll say is this: I enjoyed Rogue One. It was a flawed, but welcome addition to the franchise. Somewhat better than the Force Awakens, far less so than Jedi. However, it had problems.   Read More …

Read about 45 this year, plus shitloads of academic articles, and watched an abundance of film and television. I’ll stick to books here, other than to say that, for mine, The Expanse was the best TV of 2016. In no particular order: The Fat Years – Chan Koonchung Written in 2009, set in 2013, relevant   Read More …

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