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Review of Above the Snowline

Submitted by steph on 22 September 2013 - 3:50pm

Sarah Higbee's great review of Above the Snowline is here on her blog. She says: "the story moves along at a fair clip without being unduly slowed by superb descriptions."

Thanks, Sarah -- it means a lot to get this feedback while I'm writing.

Review of second and third Castle books

Submitted by steph on 27 August 2013 - 3:26pm

Lachlan Robertson's thoughtful review of 'No Present Like Time' and 'Dangerous Offspring' at Photonlongsword. Thank you, Lachlan.


The Wheel of Fortune - Castle short story

Submitted by steph on 17 July 2013 - 1:35pm
The anthology Best British Fantasy 2013 has just been published, and I have a Castle short story in it called 'The Wheel of Fortune'. It tells how Jant got his Wheel scar in gangland Hacilith.

Thanks to Steve Haynes () at Salt Publishing for editing the volume.

Here's the anthology on sale at amazon and from Salt Publishing's website.


I'm now working on a new Castle novel.


Picocon 30 Feb 16 and 17

Submitted by steph on 8 February 2013 - 5:58pm

There is just over a week to go till Picocon, at the Imperial College Union, London.

I will be a Guest of Honour, along with Richard Morgan, Peter Hamilton (who's there on Saturday only), and Kate Griffin.

I'll be giving a reading at 10.30 on Saturday from my novel-in-progress, so it's a chance to hear some new material, and I'll be talking on Where it all comes from: Childhood and ongoing influences on writing.

The panel discussions are on hot topics too, including:

It is common for genre authors to maintain blogs. How do you think this more immediate level of contact with readers affects both the creative process and the marketing of novels?


If you want to come along, there's a registration form at the Imperial College Science Fiction Society site. The tickets themselves can be purchased on a separate page, at the Imperial Union Store.

You can also buy tickets on the day, at the front desk. You don't have to be a member of the society or union to join in: all are welcome!

Picocon 2013

Submitted by steph on 17 August 2012 - 2:35pm

I will be a Guest of Honour at Picocon 30, Imperial College, on the 16th and 17th February 2013.  The other GoH's are Peter F. Hamilton, Richard Morgan and Kate Griffin. It will be great to see you all.