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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Categories: Fiction, Politics

Hectic beginning to the year after moving back home from Vietnam. Started a PhD, second child on the way, so much cricket to watch. My writing output has suffered: it’s the worst start to a year, in terms of words, I’ve ever had. As I’ve discussed previously, my approach to writing is establishing a routine   Read More …

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