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Archive for the 'Writing' Category

A Shameless Plug Ian Likes: Bibliorati.com

• March 18, 2017

A little-known fact is that I once had a gig reviewing books for five years. It was for a now-defunct website known as The Specusphere. It was awesome fun: I scored some books by favourite writers, found some new authors to follow and got to see my words in print and, occasionally, re-used for publicity […]

A Book Ian Likes: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

• January 22, 2017

Adaptations of art into different mediums most often fall without trace into the collective memory, occasionally dragged out by a teacher trying to show their class that what they taught had some cultural currency once, when they clearly just aren’t engaging their students properly. More often than not, the adaptation is soon forgotten while the […]

A Book Ian Likes: 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke

• January 9, 2017

For many years, Arthur C. Clarke held the belief that a sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey was not only unnecessary but also impossible. So it was a surprise for many when 2010: Odyssey Two was published. Certainly it was an unneeded sequel, but it manages to extend and explain many of the events of […]

Review: The English Way Of Death by Gareth Roberts

• August 27, 2016

The English Way of Death by Gareth Roberts My rating: 3 of 5 stars Pretty ordinary: a whole lot of promising ideas weave themselves into a coherent and interesting story but just fail to grab my interest. I liked the structure of the story, the fact that it contains my favourite Tardis Team and how […]

Review: In Other Worlds by Margaret Atwood

• August 27, 2016

In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination by Margaret Atwood My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is a collection of Ms Atwood’s non-fiction pieces, reviews and some of her short fiction. She has an awful lot of interesting stuff to say about SF, a label she tried hard to eschew then embraced quite […]

Review: Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale by Russel T. Davies and Benjamin Cook

• June 18, 2016

Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale by Russell T. Davies My rating: 5 of 5 stars There are any number of books on writing that detail how to go about it. I’ve read more than my fair share of them, seeking advice on how to spark up my own literary offerings (hint: the only advice that […]

An Author Ian Likes: Sir Terry Pratchett

• March 13, 2015

I usually dwell on these posts for bloody ages but this one needs to be gotten down quickly or it will never be done. It’s 1985. I’m a weedy, bespectacled kid of 15 with acne, bad hair and a desire to see more of other worlds. I see a new book on the shelves of […]

Closed Circuit finally available!

• April 26, 2013

You can pick up a copy of Closed Circuit for your Kindle just by clicking on the title. It’s my latest effort at self-publishing one of my stories. I’m especially fond of this story because it’s a simple, gentle story that packs a little bit of a punch. I hope that you’ll feel the same, […]