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New Stephen Hunt novel, In Dark Service, for £1.99 if you pre-order now.

New Stephen Hunt novel, In Dark Service, for £1.99 if you pre-order now.

My British publisher Gollancz are reducing the price of their digital e-Book editions debuts this year to £1.99 … for the first week of publication and on any pre-orders as well. My next novel – the first in my new Far-Called series – ‘In Dark Service’ is one of those being included in their scheme. […]

March 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
Let’s talk about software.

Let’s talk about software.

Hey, you. Sit down. It’s time we had that chat. About software. Specifically, the software this author uses to pen his novels. For decades I’ve been using Microsoft Word, upgrading to the latest version with each new desktop purchased. But I’ve finally succumbed to the warm propaganda issued by my fellow writer Michael Marshal Smith, […]

January 14, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Coping with steampunk in Brazil.

Coping with steampunk in Brazil.

Ever wondered how they cope with steampunk in Brazil? Well, Bruna Camargo can fill you in, but you will need to understand Portuguese Rio-style. Thanks, Bruna.

January 7, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
In Dark Service – first look at cover art.

In Dark Service – first look at cover art.

The bound proofs will be going out for In Dark Service very early next year (2014) to reviewers in the media, prior to the book’s official March 20th 2014 publication date. There’s a cover shot below – subject to change (these things are always tweaked). This is a new fantasy series set in a distinctly […]

December 22, 2013 | By | Reply More
Jack Cloudie… airship hunting.

Jack Cloudie… airship hunting.

My US Publisher – Tor – is bringing out a hardback version of Jack Cloudie, the 5th fantasy novel in the Jackelian series (I call it a series, but they’re stand-alone novels set in the same world with a few shared characters, a la Terry’s Discworld novels or Iain M Bank’s culture books… as opposed […]

August 2, 2013 | By | 3 Replies More
Is Stephen Hunt really JK Rowling?

Is Stephen Hunt really JK Rowling?

I’m not JK Rowling. Honest. Or am I? And if I was, would there be anyway for you to know? This is one of those philosophical questions along the lines of if a tree falls in the forest and there’s nobody there to hear it, does it make a sound? It’s a fine philosophical game […]

July 15, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More
Brazil goes all steampunk for Jackelian novels.

Brazil goes all steampunk for Jackelian novels.

Just had word in that my Portuguese publisher, Emergency Exit (or Saída de Emergência if you are a local) are setting up an office in Brazil to tap into their rapidly growing demand for fantasy and science fiction novels – and The Court of the Air is going to be one of their major Brazilian […]

June 27, 2013 | By | 4 Replies More
Jack Vance RIP – the Dying Earth loses its last citizen.

Jack Vance RIP – the Dying Earth loses its last citizen.

More sad news floats in on the heels of the relatively recent death of my friend Harry Harrison – the fabulous fantasy and SF author Jack Vance has now passed away too. It seems the season for it. He was one of my favourite writers, and you can find many a nod to The Dying […]

May 30, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
The creative writing courses controversy?

The creative writing courses controversy?

With the uptick in indie authors, so a corresponding uptick in organisations offering creative writing courses, but are they worth the money, or just another way for commercial interests to milk money out of would-be writers? Radio 4 examines both side of the arguments in this week’s You and Yours episode. This piece ran on […]

April 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
The sorry state of career journalism in 2013.

The sorry state of career journalism in 2013.

Following my last couple of posts, here’s a quick link to an exchange between the Atlantic Magazine and journalist Nate Thayer looking to solicit his professional services for an article the Atlantic wanted to publish. It’s in the same ballpark as my two pieces. Noel Coward once sung ‘Don’t Put Your Daughter On The Stage, […]

March 6, 2013 | By | Reply More