Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Online Reviews for 'Juju'

My story 'Juju', which appeared in the second print issue of Hub Magazine, has received two reviews. The first was by Paul Raven at Velcro City Tourist Board, a great blog for fiction reviews and other fiction-related topics. The second review can now be found at Tangent Online, this time by Danny Adams. Both are fairly positive reviews, I think.
On the subject of Hub Magazine: it has ceased print publication and switched to an entirely different format: a free weekly ezine. It’s a format that seems to be working and I can fully understand the change of tactic. In this day and age it seems almost impossible for a mainstream print magazine devoted entirely to short fiction to survive in the marketplace without selling the kind of numbers that long-runners like Fantasy and Science Fiction and Asimov’s do. I wish Lee Harris and everyone at Hub every success for the future. They gave me my first big sale and for that I will always love them.
The current weekly story is the excellent ‘Wings of Night’ by Allyson Bird. Check it out.
The Hub website can be found here.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Doctor Who Series Three

Something’s happened to Doctor Who! Something bad.

Between the last series and this (the third) season, the show seems to have lost its mojo, and I’m not talking about Billie Piper here. David Tennant is still excellent (how lucky are they to have such a watchable and talented actor in the role!), but for some reason I’m just not feeling the love. I’m not sure if it’s me that’s changed or the series itself. Admittedly, I caught the first episode (’Smith and Jones’- not bad, a definite improvement on the other two season openers ’Rose’ and the lamentable ’New Earth’) the day before I flew out to Canada, then missed the next two episodes, and caught the Dalek two-parter on my return, and oh my God! For the first time I’ve been able to categorically say that an episode of new Who was actually, to use the correct critical term, rubbish. Clich├ęd, plodding and, for the most part, downright silly. The entire adventure robbed the Daleks of all their menace and that’s not a good thing. Bringing the Daleks back for a third time in as many seasons was always going to be a tricky thing to pull off, and unfortunately for me it just didn’t work - and the dodgy “New Yoik” accents didn’t help one bit. This third series simply isn’t gelling for me. I don’t know how the rest of the viewing public feels (although I have heard that viewing figures are generally healthy) but it’s lost something. That said, this week’s episode, ‘42’ wasn’t too bad - apart from the dreary Michelle Collins who can do no right in my opinion, sorry. The episode was fast-paced and diverting, but again lacked that special ingredient that makes you want to see it again and again.
Anyway, after all that moaning, I’ll probably see it through to the end of the series (John Simm as the Master should be good) but I really need to see something good to restore my enthusiasm. I wonder if David Tennant will stay for a third run . . .

Monday, May 07, 2007

Going over to Myspace

I've spent the last few weeks getting my Myspace page into a reasonably presentable state. I'm quite pleased with the results so far, but it's always going to be a work in progress. I've added some music, Snow Patrol's Signal Fire (from Spider-man 3) and the accompanying video of the same song, just for people to look at if they're unimpressed with the rest of the page - you know, all that boring stuff about me. So far I've got 12 friends - hooray! If anyone - and I mean anyone - wishes to be my friend, just send me a Friend Request and I'll be glad to add you to my list. Writers, publishers and any other creative types are more than welcome. The link to my exciting page is here: Myspace!

I've been transferring some of these recent blog entries to the Myspace blog, and fully intend to keep that blog updated as it seems to be getting more traffic than this one. I'm not sure if I'm going to discontinue this blog altogether. It's always good to have as much web presence as possible, but then I don't want to give myself twice as much work. For the time being I'll try and work on both, but if it gets all a bit tedious and time-consuming I might suspend this one. Or maybe I'll think of something more exciting to do with Probability and Chaos. [Strokes chin in a thoughtful manner...]

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Wizard's Gambit

Just published is issue 2 of new ezine Sorcerous Signals featuring my story 'Wizard's Gambit'. The superb artwork accompanying the story is by award-winner Lee Kuruganti. Check it out here:
Sorcerous Signals