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…is a freelance editor, writing consultant and story structure expert. To find out more, including hiring me to work on your writing project, read my profile or visit my website, To The Last Word.

 

Christopher Priest – The Adjacent Interview: Part 2

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This is the second part of an interview with Christopher Priest, one of the leading authors in any genre. You can read Part 1 here. Priest's first published...
Christopher Priest

Christopher Priest – The Adjacent Interview: Part 1

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Christopher Priest is one of the leading authors in any genre. His first published story was ‘The Run’, in 1966. His first novel, Indoctrinaire,...

The Peacock Cloak by Chris Beckett

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Chris Beckett has been publishing short stories since 1990. His debut novel was The Holy Machine, followed by Marcher, and last year, Dark Eden,...
Microcosmos by Nina Allan

Microcosmos (Imaginings Volume: 5) by Nina Allan

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In the Forward to Microcosmos Nina Allan explains that, having forgotten the finer details of the requirements for the collection, with her stories tending...

Growing Pains by Ian Whates – book review

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Growing Pains is a new collection from the highly talented British author and editor Ian Whates. Whates is the author of the Noise series of...

Interview – The Amazing Art of Anja Uhren

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I met Anja Uhren recently at an Easter egg painting event. She was casually painting a face on an off-cut of card and I...
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DIY – American Mary and Excision

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Whether you go to the cinema to see an 80 minute film which took a million dollars to make, or a film which runs...

Enemy Mine – Blu-ray review

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Enemy Mine is a science fiction film from 1985, now released in a limited edition Blu-ray by Twilight Time. The film is based on,...

Cosmopolis – film review

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WARNING - THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Cosmopolis is a dark mainstream drama with thriller elements which is just beyond the edge of the sort of...

John Carpenter’s Christine – Blu-ray review

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By the early 1980’s, following the success of Carrie and The Shining in the cinema and Salem’s Lot on TV, Hollywood was falling over...

The Fury – Blu-ray and Expanded Soundtrack

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Those difficult teen years. A time when you have no money, power or influence, and have to spend your day going to school without...

Retrospective – La Puta y la Ballena

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Almost entirely unknown in the English-speaking world, the Argentine-Spanish co-production, La Puta y la Ballena (2004) is one of the most hauntingly-beautiful, intelligent, and...

American Gothic: Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates

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As I mentioned in my post Stephen King: A Beginner’s Guide I became interested in the work of Joyce Carol Oates because of her...

War and Dreams – Two Novels by Kathleen Ann Goonan

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Kathleen Ann Goonan's In War Times, originally published in 2007, won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel and the ALA’s Best...

Cloud Atlas Shrugged – or let the Skyfall

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On Monday Skyfall was released on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. Tomorrow Cloud Atlas will open in UK cinemas. Two films, poles apart....

Stephen King – A Beginner’s Guide

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For a long time I paid no attention to the writing of Joyce Carol Oates. But I kept seeing her mentioned in the context...

The Rise of the Zombies

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With zombie rom-com Warm Bodies opening to strong reviews and good box-office last week zombies have moved out of the horror ghetto into the...

Objects in Dreams (Imaginings Volume 4) by Lisa Tuttle

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Lisa Tuttle has long been one of the masters of the deeply unsettling tale. Last year her short story Objects in Dreams may be...

Doctor Who and the Strange Victorians

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Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction can exist in the real world, or create hermetic worlds of their own. Which is to say genre fiction...

The Mirror of Our Dreams

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There is a curious phenomenon not exclusive to science fiction fandom, it is prevalent in pop music worship and other places, by which those...

Personal Best

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Every so often the SF news magazine Locus runs a top ten poll. The most recent poll closed at the end of November. It...