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  • Blog: February 2021: BSFA Award News

    I’m delighted to report WATER MUST FALL has been shortlisted for a British Science Fiction Award, due to be awarded (online, of course!) at Confusion 2021, over Easter as usual, given it’s EASTERCON! Many, many thanks to all the BSFA members who liked the book well enough to both read and vote for it. There ...
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  • New World Orders (January 2021)

    The White House endgame in America hopefully provides the painful backdrop to the continuing push for a Better World, heralded by the Climate and BLM Movements, gaining traction earlier in the year. My novel WATER MUST FALL (2020) is eligible for any SFF awards that this year may yield, although there were many fine novels ...
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  • Blog: 2020, When The Future Crashed Into Earth (December)

    Dystopian doesn’t fit the bill, for the passing of this year. The Covid virus – like any other virus of course – does not recognise the niceties of (Western) calendars and so will carry on unabated, birthed in 2019 but enduring into our coming years and decades, although hopefully curtailed significantly by vaccine role out ...
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  • Water Wars and Book Sales (August, 2020)

    The right to food and water is a fundamental one indeed – and WATER MUST FALL is about the human struggle to claim these rights, in the face of those who would own and monetise everything. So, in the spirit of sharing resources more humanely and equitably, I have linked up with Amnesty International (South ...
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  • 2019 Blog Archive

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  • WATER MUST FALL Launch (April 2020)

    WATER MUST FALL launches this week – it was supposed to launch at the now cancelled Concentric, i.e. Eastercon 2020, but Covid-19 has had other (much more tragic) ideas for global humanity – these are tough and very sad times for so many! For psychological perspectives on the virus, you can visit The Psychologist ...
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  • Blog: The Viral Start to 2020 (Apr 2020)

    We now truly live in perilous and Science Fictional times! COVID-19 may indeed continue to wreak its havoc through this year and into 2021, perhaps in several waves. The last great pandemic – the so-called ‘Spanish Flu’ just over a century ago – had three major waves, the Second being the deadliest. For a ...
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  • BLOG: Another Year Bites the Dystopian Dust – Onward To 2020!!

    My apologies for my absence from here for so long. Health issues and the demands of living have taken their toll, but hey, here I am again, 18 months later…Much news of note to update, for 2019.In September, Luna Press published a collection of my short stories, alongside three essays and three new previously unpublished ...
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  • Blog: January to July 2018

    I have ‘finished’ WATER MUST FALL, which has turned out to be almost as long as my PhD thesis (94K), so a respectable size, without being overwhelming. Now the edits, though, and trying to whip it into a shape good enough to find a publisher. One of the most difficult parts of the whole writing ...
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  • SF in SA (29) March 2018: Sticks and Stones

    The Sticks and Stones of Becoming ‘Disabled’ by Nick Wood ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones,… But names will never harm me.’ Rhymes and resonances: This traditional English children’s rhyme, used down the ages as a retort to disempower playground name-calling, was apparently first coined by William Kinglakee (1809-1891). In his book EOTHEN(1844), Kinglake actually referred ...
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