Maybe Buffy-esque Writing is Good Actually?

This week saw the release of the trailer for Forspoken. It’s an adventure about a young woman using magical powers to survive in a fantasy world while peppering her dialogue with phrases like “So let me get this straight…” and “So that happened”, adjectives like “freaking”, and, oh yeah… she prefaces the final element of a list of plot elements …

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All The Universe Has To Hold (Part IV)

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Please scroll to the very bottom of the page to see relevant trigger warnings for this story. Previously on All The Universe Has To Hold… Part I and Part II and Part III Casting the lantern around the corridor, it struck Connor he had only the faintest of guesses what direction would lead him back to the surface. The only sense of …

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All The Universe Has To Hold (Part III)

Previously on All The Universe Has To Hold… Part I and Part II His thoughts were interrupted when the crate was lifted off the ground and he bounced from wall to wall as he was carried… somewhere. The footsteps of his carriers made a wet slapping noise against the ground. The hazy green darkness of the outdoors gave way to bleached ivory …

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All The Universe Has To Hold (Part II)

Previously on All The Universe Has To Hold… Part I “It makes you wonder,” Samson answered.“Wonder what?”“Why something that big needs armour plating,” Samson said. Connor scoffed into his helmet mic. “Oh come on. After everything we’ve seen do you really think you can wig me out with the thought of some big fish?” “I would never try to ‘wig …

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All The Universe Has To Hold

It was impossible to tell, from the readings, whether the star was dying or the world’s orbit was tumbling out of its Goldilocks zone, but this planet was getting colder. There was a continent over each pole, as if someone had tried to make a planet sandwich, and the filling was a steel-coloured and storm-wracked ocean. Under these dark skies …

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Why I Can’t Write Competence Porn

Fermi’s Progress is, more than anything I’ve written, me having fun. It is all The Good Bit, it is me, sitting there industriously shovelling a full tub of Ben & Jerry’s Netflix and Chill into my face, leaving my vegetables well and truly on the side of the plate. I wanted to write stories where the alien planet was the …

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Putting the Noir in Elfes Noirs

I’m going to take a brief break from plugging The Book to talk about the other big project I’ve got coming out this year. I’m a contributing write to the latest sourcebook for Spire: The City Must Fall, titled simply, Sin. For this book I’ve written a scenario called “Second-Hand Rain”, which is basically an attempt to make the Spire even more …

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My Life with the Living Dead

So today marks the launch of the second instalment of Fermi’s Progress: Descartesmageddon. I’m going to be talking a bit more about the ideas and inspirations behind this story over the coming weeks, but from the outset the main thing you need to know is- it’s a zombie apocalypse story. And that makes this very special to me, because in …

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8 Zombie Apocalypses That Aren’t Pandemics

It is less than two weeks until the release of Descartesmageddon, the second instalment of my novella serial Fermi’s Progress. In this instalment the crew of the Fermi will arrive at an alien planet undergoing a very different kind of zombie apocalypse. The problem is for some reason (I don’t know what, I’m not a book trends wizard), recently people seem to …

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Five Times I Got Worried About Fermi’s Paradox While Writing My Book

For the last couple of months I have been heavily plugging the first in my new series of novellas, Fermi’s Progress (you can buy it here!) but I’ve been working on it far longer than that. Dyson’s Fear and it’s three as-yet-unannounced sequels have been a labour of love over the last five years, a period of time where I think we can …

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