Category: Books

  • These Things Happen – The Sarah Records Story

    I got my copy of this book yesterday and, being a massive fucking bighead, the first thing I did was skim where I was quoted. Omg, I’m such a twat. BUT I think the rest of the book will be EXCELLENT. If you’re an ancient #C86 #Indiepop fan, then this is the #SarahRecords book for…

  • Greg Egan – Scale

    I just finished Scale by Greg Egan and, as usual, I’m left with a hurty brain but also an intriguing story. So, yeah, wild premise that’s not fantasy it’s (very) Hard SF. Here’s a link to The Science Of Scale. (WARNING – heavy physics in that linky.) So there’s all that but the actual story…

  • Check Out These Science Fiction Authors

    So, I did a list for a mate of SF authors I think everyone should read. I tried to stay away from the obvious greats (like Iain M. Banks) and very huge names but a few slipped through, of course.Please take the time to check out these authors if you love science fiction: Justina Robson…

  • Mute – A Visual Document

    Look what arrived just now! If, like me, your youth was basically formed by the label Mute, you’ll love this. Eschewing the wordy for a visual ramble, this is the Mute story in bold, stark images. I’ve read many, many books about Depeche Mode, Mute Records and their hugely influential relationship with electronic music. Whether…

  • Tiamat’s Wrath

    I was worried the quality would fall, that the cachet of being a TV series would lead to a reflexive simplification of the characters or more tv-friendly arcs. Nope! The penultimate book in The Expanse series is sad, funny, horrific, beatific and everything else they all have been from book one.

  • Silver

    ‘Silver’ is my first photobook and also my first with the female nude. It features a prose poem I wrote last February about two lovers and the text is sexually explicit. The original poem is here. And you can buy the book here. I’m soo happy that, after years of planning, I finally have a…

  • Alt.Fiction 2011

    Last weekend, I went to Alt.Fiction 2011: Alt.Fiction brings you an extensive programme of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction literature events. Our flagship Alt.Fiction Literature Festival has been running since 2006 with an exciting mix of panels, readings, workshops and podcasts. Featuring leading authors, agents and editors, it is a celebration of all things genre…

  • New Books 26/10/10

    Love the Nova War series. Reminds me of old Banks. Egan has been one of my fave writers for years. He’s consistently made my brain hurt. Hope this is as good! A fabulous voice. A couple of lines in her last novel in this series had me in tears. Very powerful. This one’s for Uni,…

  • Alt.Fiction 2007

    Alt.Fiction 2007 is a one day event in Derby featuring leading UK talent in science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing. The event is in its second year and is proud to present great authors such as Iain M Banks, Harry Harrison, Ramsey Campbell, Mike Carey, Graham Joyce and many more. Alt.Fiction consists of four rooms, offering…

  • Dawkins Review Reviewed

    Via my mate Steve, have a read of this review of ‘The God Delusion.’ Read it? Good… now are we sitting comfortably? Oh dear… I had hoped for a better critique but sentences like: “His transcendence and invisibility are part of what he is, which is not the case with the Loch Ness monster.” –…

  • Dawkins: The God Delusion

    I finished Richard Dawkins latest love-letter to reason recently and I have to say… If you only read one book this year, make it this one. This book couldn’t be more timely or needed. Around us, demagogues like Jack Straw, Bin Laden and Bush attack and defend various religions, always from the perspective that their…

  • Some Recommendations

    An author, earlier today I’ve had a couple of emails lately from peeps curious about what books I read. So here’s a little list of authors I’ve enjoyed in the past year or so: Joe Haldeman, Andrea Dworkin, Philip Roth, Tricia Sullivan, Neal Asher, Terry Jones, John Gribbin, Murray Gell-Man, Lev Davidovich Bronstein, Edward Said,…

  • Richard Dawkins – The Ancestor’s Tale

    This is an essential read. This is a mind-blowing book. This book will change you. I believe all of the previous statements to be true. Richard Dawkins has been a hero of mine for years, ever since I read ‘The Selfish Gene.’ So many things fell into place when I read that book, so many…