Why science fiction dates so horribly, sometimes

One of my pet irritations with some science fiction is the way authors often succumb to the ‘recency effect’ when inserting the ‘science’ part into their stories. What usually happens is that a recent discovery, looming large and appearing to transform understanding, becomes a raison d’etre or story pivot – except, not long afterwards, that … More Why science fiction dates so horribly, sometimes

Why I think a ‘paleo’ diet is scientific rubbish

I noticed the other day that the McDonalds Corporation are releasing a vegan burger. It brings home a point; in the west, particularly, we are constantly barraged by dietary fads. Vegan is one. Another, and one that I particularly object to, is ‘paleo’, which ostensibly returns humanity to the diet we supposedly evolved with in … More Why I think a ‘paleo’ diet is scientific rubbish

The obscure word of the week is pounce – but not that pounce, another pounce

This week’s obscure English word is pounce in its noun form. The usual ‘pounce’ is a verb and means to suddenly jump on something, literally or figuratively; but the noun ‘pounce’ has a very different meaning. It refers variously to a fine powder used to stop wet ink from spreading on a page, or to … More The obscure word of the week is pounce – but not that pounce, another pounce

Hot writing news – ‘Endless Worlds 2’ is out in audio-book!

My novella, ‘The Last Citadel of the Innocent’, part of the second Endless Worlds compilation – has been released as an audio book. It means you can get that story – and the seven others in the anthology – on Kindle, in print, and for your listening pleasure. I’m absolutely stoked by this – multimedia … More Hot writing news – ‘Endless Worlds 2’ is out in audio-book!

The obscure word of the week is stonk

The first obscure word for 2018 is stonk, which is totally different in origin and meaning from the word stonkered. Even though it sounds like it shouldn’t be. ‘Stonk’ is a 1920s British military term for a sharp and fast artillery bombardment, according to the OED possibly derived from the term ‘Standard regimental concentration’. It was … More The obscure word of the week is stonk