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Clarke award: Our revels now are ended

After two years my duties as a Science Fiction Foundation judge for the Arthur C. Clarke award have come to an end. Last Wednesday we gave China Miéville the award for The City and The City: an unprecedent third win for the author who has already receieved the award twice before for Perdido Street Station […]

Things I read on the internet

The Guardian asked writers for their ten rules for writing (part one and part two available here). I like lots of bit and pieces of advice and might take one rule from each author. But overall I liked this advice the best: Ian Rankin 1 Read lots. 2 Write lots. 3 Learn to be self-critical. […]

2010: welcome to the future

Happy new year to everyone! This post is 19 days late because I began the new year with a stinking cold and I didn’t even go out and play in the snow which has been 8 inches deep or more across Oxford. Here’s a view of my garden from my window. I only went out […]

Bad Blood published in Czech Republic and Japan

Bad Blood is to be published in the Czech Republic (by Mlada Fronta) and in Japan (by Shogakukan). Both editions have new covers – as different from each other as they are from the UK edition.   

Colouring over the whitewash

So, who’s been following the recent debacle about a Bloomsbury book with the cover image of a white girl to illustrate the story of a black girl? Liar by Justine Larbalestier was due to hit shelves in November with the cover image of a white teenage girl (left). One problem: the protagonist is black. The […]

Red-headed Rhi

Rhi with red hair I had my hair cut a couple of weeks ago and have now finally completed the second-half of the process. Here’s a picture that should show the detail of the cut and colour. It’s multiple layers, with a base colour of auburn red and some streaks of vibrant red and copper […]

Reissue of Borderland

Borderland has been reissued by OUP with a new jacket. If you missed it the first time around, now’s your chance. Two of the sequels, Shadowland and Outland will also be reissued later in the year. Making friends doesn’t come easily to newcomer Zoë. She’s always been the outsider, watching the ‘in’ crowd from afar […]

Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award

The inaugural Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award is for an unpublished book for eight to 12-year-olds that reflects cultural diversity either through the story content or the ethnic origins of the author. The first award went to Cristy Burne for Takeshita Demons.

Judging the Clarke Award

Yesterday, the 29th of April, was the final judging meeting and the ceremony for the Arthur C. Clarke award. The judging meeting took all afternoon and although all details are confidential I cna confirm the chair of the judges comment that “it was a particularly intense and long shortlist meeting”. In the end the winner, […]

Ghost of a Chance

Yesterday I submitted the first completed draft of my latest novel, Ghost of a Chance, to my publishers (OUP). It comes in at just over 100,000 words but this will be reduced in the edit. I am (tentatively) pleased with it. I have been looking back through my notes and see that I was at […]