Two Book Reviews: The Fountain in the Forest, and The Capinga Questions

Once again the books I’m moved to review are fitting neatly into pairs. Here are two novels set against backgrounds of recent political history. Both have rather broken policeman as the focal character. In almost all other respects they are … Continue reading

Two Book Reviews – Hotsuka’s Story, and A Wizard’s Henchman

Hotsuka’s Story, by JF Mehentee Hotsuka, an immortal being, falls in love with a mortal woman. In punishment he is banished, imprisoned, tortured, and finally stripped of his powers and made near-human himself. Despite this he is still intimately involved … Continue reading

Why Every Writer Should Join the ALCS

ALCS, the UK Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, collects secondary royalties on behalf of writers for work published in the UK, and campaigns and lobbies on writers’ rights at national and international levels. The society is now in its 40th … Continue reading

Dodged a Bullet

It’s time to ‘fess up: I’ve been putting off that thing I had been meaning to do for too long. As a consequence I woke up yesterday to find my Amazon account had been hacked. So instead of spending the … Continue reading

Loss of Privilege

It’s been hard for me to make sense of UK politics ever since the start of the Leave and Remain campaigns for the Brexit referendum. Some politicians lie, we have always known that. After all, people lie and politicians are … Continue reading

Science for Fiction 2017

Yesterday and the day before (6/7 July) I was in the audience at the annual Science for Fiction event at Imperial College London. This is organised and presented by the brilliant Dr David Clements,  astrophysicist and SF writer. There were … Continue reading

Another Year of micro-Loans

This year I continued making micro-loans to people all around the world through Kiva. Although it wasn’t as easy as in previous years I still managed to grow my fund – plus birthday and Christmas contributions from friends and family … Continue reading

Review – The Beauty, by Aliya Whiteley

An isolated group of men live in a world without women.  Over the years they have learned to accept this fact, and that they will be the final generation.  It has not been easy. Each of them has their demons … Continue reading

Travellers – Writing to my MP

I don’t often write to my MP, and I go public even less often. This petition needed a proper response.             So this is mine.         If Paul Scully is your MP … Continue reading

Craftwork – Two Masks

A few weeks ago I ran my first leather craft workshop with the aim to teach some friends how to make scabbards for the bronze swords we made earlier in the year. It went pretty well, except I’d under-estimated the … Continue reading