Author Archive: Stephen

I am an author of various fantasy, science fiction, crime and other genre books from Gollancz, Hachette and HarperCollins. Some day I hope to grow up and be an astronaut. Exploring Mars would be nice.

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Voyage of the Void-Lost (Sliding Void #6).

Voyage of the Void-Lost (Sliding Void #6).

As I think I mentioned before, I’ve started work on the 6th book in the Sliding Void series for you fans of old-school space opera and high adventure hijinks. It’s called ‘Voyage of the Void-Lost‘ and as I’m now 20,000 words in, I have just dropped the work-in-progress into my happy Patreons’ mitts. These novels […]

November 15, 2020 | By | Reply More
I shall watch you, now. I have spoken.

I shall watch you, now. I have spoken.

So, with the psychic weight of a second lockdown here in the UK settling upon our collective shoulders, I finally decided to liven up the family’s viewing during the monotony, and purchase a Disney+ subscription. Now I know there are lots of less than reputable viewing options to nab the Mandalorian online, but I think […]

November 9, 2020 | By | Reply More
Shaken, and stirred.

Shaken, and stirred.

So, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for a couple of days, you have probably heard the sad news that actor Sean Connery passed away of old age at the ripe innings of ninety years. Some of these deaths of people you’ve never met hit you harder than others. The David Bowie effect. How […]

November 2, 2020 | By | Reply More
To Discovery and Beyond?

To Discovery and Beyond?

So, we are only two episodes into the new third season of Star Trek Discovery – but already it is feeling a little like a rehash of the old Andromeda TV series. On one hand, this shouldn’t be too surprising as both Trek and Andromeda were products of Gene Roddenberry’s fertile imagination. A starship thrown […]

October 25, 2020 | By | Reply More
Fire and gunpowder do not sleep well together.

Fire and gunpowder do not sleep well together.

It appears we’ve had a few problems for a few days over on the SFcrowsnest web site recently – and having tracked down the culprit, it seems that the rolling power cuts afflicting California are the issue. Most of our hosting is done from Europe, but there are portions of the various clusters that are […]

October 22, 2020 | By | Reply More
Life versus art versus life?

Life versus art versus life?

I’ve recently found another interesting series to stream on Prime – something called Utopia. It’s based on an old UK TV series from Channel Four that must have passed me by, now remade for Amazon with the big bucks (originally for HBO, but there was a falling out apparently). The premise is that a bunch […]

October 11, 2020 | By | Reply More
A Shortfall of Gravitas?

A Shortfall of Gravitas?

So, Elon Musk has just tweeted me (and, to be fair, about a few billion other people at the same time), that his new SpaceX droneship will be called “A Shortfall of Gravitas”. I think I can spot a fellow Iain M. Banks ‘Culture‘ SF books fan out there! It makes me wonder if I […]

October 4, 2020 | By | Reply More
Netflix and… Chill?

Netflix and… Chill?

So, just caught up with the new Netflix movie that is Enola Holmes, in which a young teen Enola Holmes is searching for her missing mother, and using her home-schooled sleuthing skills and Jujitsu talents to outsmart/outfight big brothers Sherlock and Mycroft while helping a runaway lord targetted for death. I haven’t read any of […]

September 28, 2020 | By | Reply More
Dying to go to the cinema?

Dying to go to the cinema?

Back in 2019, I used to classify my potential cinema trips by genre … science fiction, superhero, thriller, spy-fi, film noir, comedies, movies that my children wanted to see, and because I was paying, I also had to attend, stuff that my wife wanted to see and so my attendance was mandatory… chick-flicks, rom-coms, and […]

September 18, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul?

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul?

So, upon returning to the UK from visiting some elderly relatives abroad in a UK-designated ‘hot zone’, I phoned the doctor and said, “Will I live to be a hundred-years-old if I rigidly adhere to my private fourteen-day lock-down and stay firmly inside every second of the day?” “No,” the doctor told me. “But after […]

September 8, 2020 | By | Reply More