TV review: BLACK MIRROR season 3 (Netflix)

BLACK MIRROR

  Verdict: You need to see this. Now. With its limited run, caustic humour and scathingly precise take on modern culture, Charlie Brooker’s BLACK MIRROR met with critical acclaim. The second season was as long ago as 2013; featuring just three episodes packed with TWILIGHT ZONE goodness. The Christmas special followed in 2014, but since…


TV review: LUKE CAGE (Netflix)

Luke Cage on Netflix

Verdict: A Marvel Universe offering with a difference Created in 1972, Cage deserves his place in the pantheon of superheroes: he was the first black hero to be given his own comic book, and his racial identity has always been an important aspect of the character. Cage is a bad-ass alternative Superman – he’s basically…


Happy Halloween 2016: some amazing pumpkins!

THE LAZARUS WAR: Halloween 2015

Happy Halloween to all blog visitors and readers for 2016! Last year my wife made this amazing pumpkin to celebrate the release of ARTEFACT and LEGION (which were, at that time, only available in ebook). It’s so good that I thought I’d share it this year as well! Some more amazing designs from last year…


MCM Comic Con: guest appearance on 29th October 2016

MCM Comic Con

Anyone else going to MCM Comic Con this weekend? You know that you really should! I’m going to be appearing there for an author panel and also for book signing (or, really, whatever you want signed!). Running between Friday 28th October 2016 and Sunday 30th October, MCM Comic Con is held at Excel in London…


Top 10 trivia: THE LAZARUS WAR: ORIGINS

Sun over planet

Join me for the latest instalment in THE LAZARUS WAR trivia series! Today we’re looking at ORIGINS, which is the third and final part of Conrad Harris’ saga… PFC Dejah Mason has changed her callsign to “Princess” by the time of ORIGINS. What can I say? I’m an Edgar Rice Burroughs fan. Some members of…


Top 10 trivia: THE LAZARUS WAR: LEGION

Early concept art for LEGION

As promised, here’s the second instalment in THE LAZARUS WAR trivia series… LEGION is the action-packed sequel to ARTEFACT. But although it takes the technology and the adventure to a whole new level, there are a fair few Easter eggs hidden in there too. How many did you find?   PFC Mason is of American-Martian descent….


Top 10 trivia: LAZARUS WAR: ARTEFACT

LAZARUS WAR: ARTEFACT banner

  It’s great when a reader gets in touch about one of my books; nothing quite makes your day like a Twitter message or an email through the website. Sometimes that contact is just to tell you that they enjoyed the story, but sometimes it’s also to ask about something in the book. THE LAZARUS…


TV review: ARQ (Netflix)

ARQ movie poster

Verdict: Intelligent SF drama that will leave you wanting for more Netflix is fast becoming a contender in the production of quality SFF. Last year we saw the release of JESSICA JONES and DAREDEVIL, superhero dramas that reimagined the Marvel method. This year we had STRANGER THINGS; if you haven’t seen that, you really should….


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,…


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