Archive for March, 2009
I'm one of (I believe) several guests appearing at the next BSFA Open Meeting: 25 March 2009, The Antelope tavern, 22 Eaton Terrace, London, SW1W 8EZ. People will be in the bar from 5ish. The upstairs room itself opens at 6pm onward, whereupon there will be a bunch of fascinating free-and-frank exchange of views concerning, […]
Lily's school reading book this week: Somebody should tell Steve Baxter. Also, if that family on the cover looks glum now, wait until the waterline has risen over those trees in the background ...
Rather startled, to be honest, that Niall has taken my earlier whinge as a commentary upon the Clarke shortlist as a whole -- it's really no such thing, and provides commentary only upon a writer's individual crumbliness, which is presumably banal enough news not to need wider distribution. As far as Clarke commentary goes, I'll […]
Liviu C Suciu reviews Yellow Blue Tibia for Fantasy Book Critic, and he likes it too: In summary, Adam Roberts’ “Yellow Blue Tibia” is just superb and I can’t recommend it enough. I also strongly hope that the book will find a US publisher soon, but until then The Book Depository offers the novel at […]
This is in the shops now, part of Gollancz's Space Opera Collection. Nice piece of design, no?
Sometimes things don't go so well. Yesterday my bike was stolen (the sort of thing that happened all the time when I lived in London, but which is something of a shock after six hitherto biketheft-free years of living in Staines). Today it seems that my car has died: unsurprisingly, since it's a banger, but […]
Sound familiar, qua concept? Via SF Signal (thanks to Lou Anders for forwarding me this). One word: awesome. It does make me wonder whether I shouldn't have put more dancing into YBT ...
So, at No. 71 (a site that promises, boldly, both the story and the truth) Dan Hartland is his usual insightful self: Blue Tibia is in some ways a less adventurous novel [than Swiftly]: structurally and stylistically, it plays far fewer games with one’s expectations, and stretches the form much less. Nevertheless, it is a […]
At the weekend I popped up to Edinburgh to take part in one of these 'Lost World Read' events: specifically a 28th Feb, 6-9pm talk called 'Lost Worlds'. Deftly chaired by Stuart Kelly, and sponsored by Napier University's Centre for Literature and Writing (known, brilliantly, as 'CLAW'), the panel consisted of China Miéville, Roger Luckhurst […]