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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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
Your chance to appear in my novels!

Your chance to appear in my novels!

All new books published by me will now contain a page in the ebook/print novel thanking my Patreons by name. If you are super-shy or in a witness protection program and would rather not be thanked, please let me know! The first book that will get this treatment is the ‘The Pashtun Boy’s Paradise’ up […]

August 28, 2020 | By | Reply More
I will honour Summer Vacations in my heart and try to keep it all the year.

I will honour Summer Vacations in my heart and try to keep it all the year.

Just come back from abroad, visiting elderly relatives for a couple of weeks – and now have an additional fourteen days of no-leavie-the-house-style quarantine to get through. Ah, well. So, will it be Plan A: hard work and squeezing extra words out of the creative sponge for the next novel? Or … Plan B: Netflix, […]

August 24, 2020 | By | Reply More
Rage against the machine.

Rage against the machine.

So, finally completed ‘The Umbrella Academy’ 2nd series stream on Netflix, just in time to await Amazon Prime’s counter-fire in the superhero form of ‘The Boys’ landing soon with its own season two. I give the former a five out of six stars, and hopefully expect to hand the latter full marks. Both of these […]

August 11, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Old New Avengers?

The Old New Avengers?

Joy-of-joys, for the second season of superhero series The Umbrella Academy, is now live for Netflix streaming in full. No piecemeal waiting for each episode for the UA to unfurl… it’s a binge-fest expecting to happen – not so much in Chez Hunt, mind, but that’s only because family maintenance and work commitments take precedence over […]

August 4, 2020 | By | Reply More