Seek Out the Alien Within

One of the best things about writing Greenstar is having the freedom to design amusing, scary, or just plain odd aliens, and Simon and I thought you might enjoy it too. So we are holding a competition to design an alien for Season Three. Read on for more details, and a photograph of me being unnecessarily dramatic.

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Garden of Eden by Allen Taylor (ed.)

Garden of Eden by Allen Taylor (ed.)Applying only the rule that stories must feature at least one significant reference – however altered – to the Christian myth of the Garden of Eden, Taylor has assembled a collection of works that span genre and style.

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Anti-Bullying Week

It is Anti-Bullying Week in the United Kingdom. I am against bullying, but don’t directly interact with many targets of bullying. So, in case anyone in my audience is facing bullying or knows someone who is, I have decided to share some thoughts about dealing with it.

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The The Impotence of Proofreading

I have spent several hours obsessing over obscure typesetting issues for the paperback edition of State. So I thought I would share an amusing monologue on presenting prose. I couldn’t pick just one favourite, so I have decided to share two. Both contain what some charmingly call ‘language’; distinguishing them from the instrumental monologue.

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Inspiration: State

My series of posts on the inspiration behind State ends with the eponymous story. There may be spoilers ahead.

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Green Lions by Simon Rogghe and Zarina Zabrisky

 Green Lions by Simon Rogghe and Zarina ZabriskyAvoiding both making words their tool and the rules of writing their master, Rogghe and Zabrisky enfold language as a co-conspirator in their poetic egg. Merging the radical collaboration of the early surrealists with the entirely personal secrets of alchemy, they initiate a manual for transformation that would have saved Jerry Cornelius books-worth of angst and ultra-violence.

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Inspiration: Fair Shares

Today I share the inspiration behind ‘Fair Shares’, the fourth story in State. There may be spoilers ahead.

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Inspiration: Crest of a Wave

Day three of my inspirations behind State series, brings us to ‘Crest of a Wave’. There may be spoilers ahead.

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Inspiration: Pig Boy

In the second post on the inspirations behind the stories in State, I cover (unsurprisingly) ‘Pig Boy’, the second story in the collection. There may be spoilers ahead.

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Inspiration: Shoulders of Giants

To celebrate the release of State, this week I will be posting about the inspiration behind each story. Today, ‘Shoulders of Giants’. There may be spoilers ahead.

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