Category Archives: Writing & Reading

Writing Spaces

At the beginning of his memoir Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall, Spike Milligan wrote After Puckoon I swore I’d never write another book. This is it. I know, I know, I swore I wouldn’t, either. But the temptation … Continue reading

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Gut Feelings

Decisions, decisions. The job as a manuscript editor at Your Favourite Weekly Etcetera largely consists of making decisions – whether to consider a manuscript for publication, or to send it on its way elsewhere. Because we receive a very large … Continue reading

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Science of Middle-Earth: New Paperback Edition

The printing history of The Lord of the Rings is reputedly one of the more complex and tangled issues in modern publishing history. Matters aren’t quite so fraught for The Science of Middle-earth, my own contribution to the canon. For … Continue reading

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Creation, by Adam Rutherford

There’s a story, probably apocryphal, of how Winston Churchill gave a speech to the Free French, ill-advisedly in the tongue of Molière and Balzac. Quand je regarde mon derrière, boomed Britain’s great wartime leader, Je vois qu’il est divisé en deux parts. None … Continue reading

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Reads Of The Year

Great minds, it is said, think alike. For example, just as I was planning this post, I learned that Professor S. C. of London had posted his reads of 2013. The distinguished crystallographer, though, described all 26 of the books he’s … Continue reading

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The Future Is Here

Many years ago when the world was young (OK, it was 2007), Tor put out an anthology of 100 very short stories from the ongoing Futures SF series, devised by me back in the last millennium. The anthology was received … Continue reading

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The Desolation of Smaug – A Review

I have recently returned from the Cromer Enormoplex from my second viewing of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a magic lantern production directed by Peter Jackson. As you’ll know, unless you’ve spent the past two years in Gollum’s cave, … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings (And, Oh Yes, Buy My Books.)

The time is rapidly fast approaching when we indulge in the Michael Bublé Christmas Album Human Sacrifice, notwithstanding insmuch as which this might well be the last time I’ll post this year. So, while I’m here – and whether you … Continue reading

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Crossover Fanfic

Ever since one of her friends acquired a T-shirt on which was emblazoned a Mockingjay with the legend ‘District 9 3/4′, Crox Minima and I have been discussing crossover fanfic – that is, fan fiction in which two different franchises … Continue reading

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Learning How to Say ‘No’

Notwithstanding inasmuch as which my reputation as an editor at Your Favorite Weekly Professional Science Magazine Beginning With N, I’m just a girl who cain’t say ‘no’. I’m in a terrible fix. I always say ‘come on, let’s go,’ just … Continue reading

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