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Yes, he is scary…

And I’m very proud of him… He’s my first major model painting project. He’s a Tyranid Tyrannofex, a massive biomechanical war engine from the Warhammer 40K universe. The Tyrannofex has the armour and fortitude of a living battle fortress and its bio-weaponry eclipses that of its foes’ most

Spoiler-free (and spoilered) thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens… with added conspiracy theories…

The short unspoilered version: The good news: This is a good film. Not as good as the original films, but infinitely better than the prequels. You can safely wipe the horror of them from your memory. Call this Episode IV of the series and get on with

Sorry for the lack of posting…

I was at the seaside resort of Eastbourne for the weekend. Nope, not holidaying. At a convention for players of modern board games. You may have heard of Settlers of Catan. I’m more of a Blood Rage perp myself.  

Some days I wonder…

…Whether I was a better writer when I was fifteen. So begins Syer Roth: Fire Empress, the science-fantasy novel I wrote as a teenager. I found it in the spare room this morning – all 960 pages of it.  The internet didn’t exist in those days so it’s wholly

A rare selfie

A rare selfie… taken at the Battle of Ideas at the Barbican earlier this month. I don’t normally take pictures of myself, but the last fortnight is the healthiest I’ve felt for four years, thanks to injecting Humira in preparation for IVF.

Normal service will resume shortly…

I spent a thought-provoking weekend at the Battle of Ideas: Write up to come, but blogging has been slow. [Image taken from @Traci_the_weeb on #battleofideas]

They’re made of meat!

Kameron Hurley writes in a Q&A on Reddit: You don’t see as much of this obsession with gore and chopping off limbs and selling wombs in my work prior to the year I started dying. It all hinges on that, on that sudden knowledge and

For the benefit of American readers…

An American visited England and his Facebook post went viral: The reason they drive on the left is because all their cars are built backwards You can read the rest here.  As someone living in England, he’s 99% accurate. He’s wrong about Bose speakers, but only rich people

One block of pulped tree…

This package arrived in the post a few days ago. It’s the July/August 2015 back issue of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and – by having the IQ of a toast rack – I’d managed to order a paper copy. If you’re an international reader of short SF&F

Your life will be graded

Vox Day* links to a discussion of Peeple, a new app that will let you rate other human beings. He writes: Congratulations, world. Now everyone online will discover what my life has been like since 2001. And to be honest, it’s really not a big deal