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Archive for July, 2008

Independent on Sunday on Swiftly

Monday, July 28th, 2008

I was going to title this post Independent on (Sunday, Swiftly), but decided that might be a little confusing. So, a good week at Arvon in Washington State Yorkshire (the students were, without exception, excellent people; and several of them are already exceptional writers), rounded off with a trip to York to see my sister [...]

Arvon Foundation

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

Justina Robson and I will be teaching this 'How To Write Science Fiction' course for the Arvon Foundation from tomorrow (Monday 21st) through to the end of the week; it's a residential course, at the superb eyrie of Lumb Bank. If you're on the course, I look forward to seeing you; if you're not, well [...]

Dick and Jane

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Through the letterslot yesterday, my contributor's copy of Lavie Tidhar's slim but fine collection A Dick & Jane Primer for Adults, including my three-page story 'Dick Does Time' (one of my better ones, actually). Not for sale, the British Fantasy Society website says, which is a shame, because some of these stories--especially those by Liz [...]

New Scientist riffs on Riffing on Strings

Friday, July 18th, 2008

The latest New Scientist [19 July 08] includes a summer-hols-oriented 'Books to Travel With' review-section, which rounds off with Amanda Gefter's full-page review of Riffing on Strings. Very positive too ("an eclectic, thought-provoking and entertaining collection of writing - perfect for toting along on travels in other dimensions"), including a mention for my story: When [...]

Oz on Swiftly

Friday, July 11th, 2008

These just in from down. In from down under, I mean. What does the Melbourne Herald Sun think? Roberts's well thought out, if rather bizarre, tale of illicit love, war and plague, is a dystopian vision in the tradition of Swift. [Robin Moyle, 21/06/2008] Well, fair enough. Can't argue with that. And what about the [...]

Swiftly discussion

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Well, this is very interesting indeed. Niall Harrison, that tall man, has hosted a detailed, in-depth, intelligent and (I think) very penetrating four-way discussion of Swiftly over at Torque Control: Niall H, Dan Hartland, Victoria Hoyle and Paul Kincaid take part. The first I knew of it was when Niall dropped me a line to [...]