On December 27th, I’m going to be a talking head for BBC4, in their documentary My Science Fiction Life, one of about a dozen contributors to the website of that name (I think the only author they talked to), interviewed about how SF shaped their lives. Sorry about being so sweaty. It was hot in there.
I’m a contributor to Phobic, the new horror anthology from Comma Press. My story’s called ‘Horror Story’, and is part of my effort to get back into the business of regularly writing and selling prose. I like the fact that they’ve asked a number of writers new to horror to contribute (such as Frank Cottrell Boyce and Rob Shearman), alongside some with serious prior form (Jeremy Dyson, Ramsey Campbell, Matthew Holness), and that it’s from a small press that cares about the genre. There’s a launch and reading scheduled in Manchester sometime in December, I’ll let you know. Meanwhile, full of energy, I’m now 70,000 words into the new novel, and looking to finish it early next year.
Saturday sees my second episode of Robin Hood, ‘A Thing or Two About Loyalty’, being broadcast. This one was basically a co-write between myself and script editor Jenny White, with her doing the Marian story and me doing the Much story, and everything else being a mixture. I asked if she might get a co-writer credit, but script editors don’t tend to get those. I think she’s done a great job, which is why I don’t wish to hog the kudos. Hope you enjoy it.
I’ve just been asked to write the introduction to the next volume of the Dan Dare reprint series from Titan Books, The Man From Nowhere. There are few things I enjoy more than going on and on about Frank Hampson’s genius, so it’s going to be tough to stop at five hundred words.
And yes, we’re started filming my Doctor Who two-parter for next year. David Tennant was just awesome at the readthrough. As was Frema, and the guest stars, the names of which will not escape my lips, but who boggled me with their actorly delights. I’ll be popping down sometime in the next couple of weeks to see it being made. And will, of course, tell you nothing. But rest assured that I’m having the best time.
On Friday, a page by page commentary I’ve done for the first issue of Wisdom goes up at Fractal Matter online magazine. I do go on, because I was quite surprised at how much there was to say. Do go check it out via the link on the right.
I was honoured to be a guest at Dublin Comic Con last weekend. It was very cool to meet my fellow guests, and catch up with Mark Millar. The organiser, John Hendrick, deserves nothing but praise for looking after us so well. I’m only sorry I was so ill (I don’t know why it’s always when I’m in Ireland) and so didn’t hang out with my friends from Millarworld and P-Con as much as I wanted to. (And I now hear I infected loads of them anyway.) I signed 150 copies of Wisdom, selling out John’s stack of them, and boasting with a little sign of a dancing me. And Team Wisdom came second in the very well attended pub quiz on the Friday night.
The weekend before that I was in Rhyl, for a very warm and friendly meeting of a local Doctor Who group in a lovely old hotel. They were a sweet bunch: many thanks, you lot. And the weekend before that I was on the South Coast for Armadacon, where, amongst other things, I helped judged the masquerade (hello Lego Princess Leia!) and run the auction. I hoping for the odd weekend off in December, especially since it’s Festive Faringdon this weekend, when the Christmas lights get switched on in our little town.
Phew, I said ‘quick update’, but there was lots to talk about. Sorry to go on so. Until next time, cheerio!