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By Light Alone on the Radio 2 Book Club (with Simon Mayo)

Monday, September 12th, 2011

I'm thrilled that By Light Alone has been chosen for the Radio 2 Book Club, as hosted by the excellent Simon Mayo. I'll be appearing on the drivetime show next Monday (that's the 19th September, at 1800) to talk about the novel; and answering questions online afterwards. More details, and a free chapter, here.

Lemistry: A Celebration of Stanisław Lem

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

When: Fri 9 Sep 2011, 18.30 – 20.00 Where: Conference Centre, British Library Price: £7.50 / £5 concessions "A truly great European writer, Stanisław Lem (1921-2006) transcends both Polish literature and his chosen genre, science fiction. Best known for his twice-filmed novel Solaris, he was a virtuoso storyteller who packed his writing with philosophy, comedy, […]


Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

From Wednesday 6th July through to Friday 8th I shall be a guest of NIFFF: that is to say, the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival. Check out their website (you'll find me hiding, with others, behind the 'New Worlds of Fantasy' link on the left-hand sidebar). If you happen to be in beautiful Neuchâtel, come […]


Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

OK? Here's what next week holds: Out of this world?: Why Science Fiction speaks to us all Friday 20 May 18.30 -20.00 The British Library Conference Centre Throughout history, people have asked ‘what if?’. We have always allowed our imaginations to create other worlds as expressions of our wildest dreams, hopes and fears, and so […]

Vote Early and Vote Often

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Click to embiggen. (Hint: bottom right hand corner. That's right! Gollancz has been publishing since AD 196! Appropriately enough, that was the 'Year of the Consulship of Dexter and Messalla'; which explains why Orion publish all the Dexter books). No, wait: you're looking in the wrong bottom right hand corner ... [Link]

Don’t be Vague: go to the Hague

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

So, what are you doing this weekend? Me, I delivering the New Year's Lecture at the Universiteit Leiden, Campus Den Haag (Friday 5th February, starting at 7pm) at the invitation of the LUC Brill Nijhoff Writing Institute. Here's a (PDF) document detailing this interesting and diverting occasion; I believe it's not too late to register. […]

Friday 8th October: Birmingham SF Group

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

I will be talking to the Birmingham Science Fiction Group on Friday: it's in the Briar Rose Hotel, and things kick off at 7:45pm. Come along! We could grab a drink afterwards, if you like ...


Monday, May 10th, 2010

The latest, which is to say the 196th issue of SFX (out now, in May; so obviously the cover says the issue is 'July 2010') contains a lot of interesting things. But there's also an interview with me, mostly given over to me talking twitter, plus this slightly muppet-faced photo of me sitting on the […]

Monday 10 May Piccadilly Waterstones 5:30pm

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Come along! The SFX Summer of SF Reading Stephen Hunt Adam Roberts, Dan Abnett Graham McNeill, China Mieville Michael Cobley WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY Monday, 10 May 2010, 5:30PM To celebrate the launch of The SFX Summer of SF Reading we are delighted to host authors from the across the [sic] SF spectrum. Access to the queue […]

Forbidden Planet Signing May 13th

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Forbidden Planet, but not forbidden to you. You're more than welcome to come along: Forbidden Planet and Gollancz publishing are delighted to bring you one of our now-celebrated, open-format, multi-author signings! At 6pm on Thursday May 13th, Forbidden Planet 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London will be playing host to: - Stephen Deas M D […]

New Model Army signing

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

I'll be signing copies of New Model Army at Waterstones in High Wycombe, on Saturday the 15th May from 11am. Unaccountably, High Wycombe somehow escaped the depredations of my NMA in the novel itself, although nearby Maidenhead gets hammered. Perhaps the good citizens of High Wycombe wish to thank me for sparing their borough ...? […]


Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Via this I discover this: London Evening Standard. The best books of the year: our reviewers name the titles that have meant the most to them over the past 12 months. FRANCIS SPUFFORD I spent this year finishing a book set in Russia, so I was all ready to delight in the charcoal-black satire of […]

Finncon 2009

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Tomorrow I get an early plane, no, wait, scrub that, a very early plane ... to fly to Finland for Finncon 2009. As you'll see from the link, that's 'Europe's largest science fiction & fantasy event'; and as you'll also see my status is somewhere between being a GoH and being some other manner of […]

Now on Twitter

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Despite being a white man deep into middle-age, I've decided to take the plunge on Twitter. This has nothing to do with providing myself with work-avoidance fodder, although I have just spent a minute coming up with the following faux-etymology. Twitter. v & n From Latin, tuito 'a taking care of, keeping, guarding, preserving, defense, […]

On Today tomorrow

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

In the wake of the general media buzz about Al Reynold's splendid million pound advance, tomorrow's Today programme [Monday 29th June; 6-9am] will be interviewing both Al and myself, on the pressing current affairs questions of Space Opera. We're to be on 'between 8:40 and 9', I'm told. Assuming we don't get bumped, as sometimes […]

SFF Masterclass 2009

Monday, June 15th, 2009

I spent much of last week in Liverpool, teaching (with Joan Gordon and Paul Kincaid) the annual SFF Masterclass. Third Annual Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass Location: University of Liverpool Dates: June 10th, 11th and 12th, 2009. The Science Fiction Masterclass is held in conjunction with the University of Liverpool. The aim of the Masterclass is […]

Staines, Saturday 18th April

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Go into the Waterstones in Staines at the moment and youll find the following flyers being handed out: Thats one high budget piece of advertising, right there. If you happened to be in the neighbourhood, t'd be lovely to see you. No ticket is required! [Update: the event went off very well; thanks to Fran […]

BSFA Open Meeting, this Wednesday

Sunday, March 22nd, 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, […]

Conan Doyle’s Lost World

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

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 Miville, Roger Luckhurst […]


Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Reading Dave Langford's latest SFX column, I discover that at the Langford household I am cooked, served in cabbage and eaten. Ummena ummena, yum yum.

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 […]


Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

I'm a Guest of Honour (along with Cory Doctorow) at the upcoming Swecon, in Linkping, Sweden, this coming weekend. Be nice to see you, if you happen to be in Linkping, Sweden. (ConFuse 2008: The Swedish National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention 2008; 13-15 June 2008. Venue: Ryds Herrgrd, Linkping, Sweden).


Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

A couple of books have been delivered through the slot in my front door over the last few days; I previously mentioned one of these, Conceptual Breakthrough (James Holden and Simon King's marvellous experiment in sf-criticism, to which I contributed an afterword), a couple of months ago; very nice finally to hold a copy in […]

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