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.

I did, however, pick up a sweet set of hand-made Japanese knives to assist in all the Japanese meals I’ve been cooking, recently (even the dreaded ‘sushi’). Thanks, Family H.!

These blades are beaten and folded using the same techniques as Japanese sword-smiths and are objects of beauty, as well as practical tools that flow like a lightsabre through a chunk of chutoro (a medium-fatty tuna cut).

On the recent sci-fi-front, I’m currently half-way through the Netflix science fiction flick, 2036 Origin Unknown, following a space mission controller played by Katee Sackhoff and ARTI, her artificial intelligence system, as they track a mysterious possibly alien object on Mars. I picked this flick up as it seemed to be hovering in the most-watched charts, despite never having heard of it before. Possibly for good cause. More on this, later.

I’m presently tidying up my third novel, the space opera adventure ‘Six Against the Stars‘, for a re-release to accompany the recent re-do of ‘The Crown and the Dragon‘ and ‘The Fortress in the Frost‘.

I want to get this book re-published, as I’d like to let it go, rather than be dragged.

Stay sharp?


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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