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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Are pubs the anesthesia by which we endure the operating table of life?

Are pubs the anesthesia by which we endure the operating table of life?

I only used to go to the pub once every two or three months, to meet up with my old university friends, so it’s danged strange how much I’ve missed not being able to go so far this year. However, by the end of next week, that should change in the southern quarters of the […]

June 28, 2020 | By | Reply More
Yesterday all my Tribbles seemed so far away?

Yesterday all my Tribbles seemed so far away?

So, the delayed movie pipeline is slowly rumbling again, with trailers gurgling through the media u-bend once more … The King’s Men, the next James Bond flick, the Wonder Woman 1984 film, etc, etc. But will people head back into cinemas with (a) the memory of current events, and (b) substantial home-body habits formed and reinforced?  It can take anywhere […]

June 25, 2020 | By | Reply More
Stay sharp?

Stay sharp?

So, another birthday has passed by at warp speed, along with an annual opportunity for a bit of life-goal crop rotation and soul searching. Reader, I am sad to report that no great catharsis has been reached. No state of Zen-like satori gained. When you realise nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you. […]

June 14, 2020 | By | Reply More
Back to the … Future?

Back to the … Future?

A bit of a blast from the past, this week, with the revised editions of my first two fantasy novels – For The Crown and the Dragon, and its sequel, The Fortress in The Frost – hitting the streets in both print and e-book format for the first time in thirty years. I offered to […]

June 7, 2020 | By | Reply More
All aboard the One-percenter Express?

All aboard the One-percenter Express?

Nice to see some semi-original science fiction content is still trickling through the streams, even in lock-down. Enter Snowpiercer, on track left, steaming into Netflix. The science-fiction TV series of a Korean film based on a French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige. The bonkers movie was by Bong Joon-ho of Parasite fame – the last movie […]

June 1, 2020 | By | Reply More
Towards the future?

Towards the future?

As well as writing, I’ve also been using my extra time at home to think and reflect. I reckon there’s a lot of that going on at the moment. I’ve often thought in years past how little winning a million or more quid on the National Lottery would change my life. I’m already doing what […]

May 24, 2020 | By | Reply More
Hair Cut One Hundred

Hair Cut One Hundred

Well, I’ve just invested in a pair of hair clippers for a quarantine cut, and if things go wrong next week, I might have to start rocking the China Miéville-look – although not half as alluring as the author of Perdido Street Station, obviously (I’d end up more of a Poundstore Kojak if matters slip sideways). On the work front, […]

May 18, 2020 | By | Reply More
Super-Dad’s Fortress of Solitude?

Super-Dad’s Fortress of Solitude?

So, since the entire family has relocated back to Casa Hunty for the duration of the current contretemps, the increase in relative population density has made the serene act of writing, communicating with the muse, and milking the author cow’s creative teats for the milk of creativity a somewhat more fraught business than normal. That […]

May 4, 2020 | By | Reply More
Better to be lucky than good?

Better to be lucky than good?

When the current COVID-19 situation started to bite, I wasn’t one of the people scrambling for toilet rolls, cans of baked beans, and finding locating an in-stock facemask as hard as putting socks on a rooster. This is because I’d already done my panic buying in late December last year. I’d spotted what was happening […]

April 19, 2020 | By | Reply More
One More Conspiracy Theory?

One More Conspiracy Theory?

I have a theory, and some might call it a conspiracy theory, although since it’s private to me, don’t expect to find it floating around any of those tinfoil hat web sites next door to ‘Elvis is alive and hiding in a Fort Knox sub-level’ or ‘JFK faked his assassination to retire and become a […]

April 10, 2020 | By | Reply More