Book review: NOD by Adrian Barnes

NOD cover

Verdict: Insomnia has never been so scary, but the book reflects the subject matter NOD is based on the premise that overnight the vast majority of Earth’s population lose the ability to sleep. Like most good stories, the concept is simple. Firmly in the disaster or apocalypse genre, Barnes’ tale develops the impact that sleep-deprivation has…


Book review: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St John Mandel

STATION ELEVEN book cover

Verdict: Life-affirming and terrifying in equal measure; this is beautiful literary SF STATION ELEVEN, by Emily St John Mandel, was the winner of the 2015 Arthur C Clarke award. It’s generated much acclaim, and it’s one of those books that I’d been meaning to read for a while. As I’ve said before on this blog,…


Review round up: ARTEFACT & ORIGINS

Reviews

A Monday morning update on recent reviews of ARTEFACT and ORIGINS… Firstly, Starved for Content recently reviewed ARTEFACT and sounds like they loved it! Here’s an excerpt from the review: “ARTEFACT is a pure, concentrated page-turner. It is compulsively readable and incredible fun. Sawyer is clearly a huge fan of Sci-Fi subculture, and that works just fine…


Guest post on Ragnarok Publications: “Writing a Trilogy”

THE LAZARUS WAR - all covers

A week on from the release of ORIGINS – the final part of THE LAZARUS WAR trilogy – and I’m still struggling to accept that I now have three books published! I’ve been moved on by the staff of various Waterstones up and down the country for staring vacantly at the shelf where my books…


Objective secured: THE LAZARUS WAR: ORIGINS released in UK & US

ORIGINS on shelf

The date is finally here: ORIGINS is on full release in the UK and US as of today! Here’s a synopsis of the book: “For someone who has died and come back as many times as Conrad Harris, the nickname Lazarus is well-deserved. His elite military team are specialists in death – running suicide missions…


THE LAZARUS WAR: ORIGINS – released next week

LAZARUS WAR: ORIGINS

It’s not long until the third and final part of THE LAZARUS WAR – ORIGINS – is released in the UK and US! The book will be released on 25th August 2016. Unlike previous books in the series, ORIGINS will be released simultaneously in ebook, paperback and audiobook. If you’ve enjoyed the previous books in the…


Guest appearance: Fabulous Fleapit of Franchises & Friends

Fabulous Fleapit of Franchises

I recently made a guest appearance on the podcast Fabulous Fleapit of Franchises. I join host Carl Denham (also known as @LLCoolMage) to talk all things science fiction, in a space port that is doing a good job of sounding like a busy pub! “Author of The Lazarus War Series Jamie Sawyer joins the fleapit…


Nine Worlds Convention: after action report

ORIGINS on sale

This weekend marked a major event in the SFF calendar: the Nine Worlds Convention! Actually, the SFF-fest that was this weekend started early. Goldsboro Books hosts an annual party to celebrate science fiction and fantasy, called Fantasy in the Court, which I attended on Thursday 11th August. I was basically too star-struck to take pictures,…


Anyone going to Fantasy in the Court on 11th August?

Fantasy in the Court

Firstly, a reminder that Nine Worlds Convention is on this weekend. Running from 12th to 14th August, this is an awesome opportunity to indulge in every aspect of geekdom. It’s held in Hammersmith, London and I’m super excited about it. I’ll be on two of the panels, and there are some great guest speakers and panelists…


Book review: ROBOTEER by Alex Lamb

ROOTER cover section

  Verdict: Thoroughly enjoyable hard SF ROBOTEER’s backdrop is a war between two human factions: the Earthers and the Galateans. The Earthers are presented as religious fanatics, driven to war with the Galateans as a result of the latter’s practice of human modification (labelling them “genetic fascists” and “capitalists”). Will Monet is a Galatean “roboteer”…


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