The Elephant in the Room

I'm very pleased to announce that my new Wild Cards story is now online. 'The Elephant in the Room' is the second story featuring my heroine, Abigail Baker, a British drama student in New York, whose super power is that she picks up and takes on other people's super powers like wi-fi.  (The first appeared in the Wild Cards collection Fort Freak.)

The Wild Cards universe is George R.R. Martin's shared world super hero project, a story of Aces and Jokers, those afflicted for good or ill by the release of the Wild Card virus in 1946.  It's been going, the characters aging in real time, since 1987, and has featured stories from such luminaries as Cherie Priest, Pat Cadigan, John J. Miller, Melinda Snodgrass and Roger Zelazny, whose character Croyd Crenson, the Sleeper, is, I'm proud to say, Abigail's love interest.

I do hope you enjoy it.  I put a lot of love into Abigail's adventures, and I've started to really like using her voice.  If Bernice Summerfield commentates in an ironic and domestic manner on science fiction, Abigail does much the same for super heroes.

And while I'm here, just to let you know, my wife Caroline Symcox is appearing at this Saturday's British Science Fiction Association AGM and Mini-Con, on a panel at 10am, with Ben Aaronovitch, Simon Guerrier, Una McCormack and Graham Sleight, on the subject of 'writing for Doctor Who'.  Entry is free (I think), and you get to see the BSFA in action, as well as many other panels.  Well worth going to if you're within range of London.

Until next time, Cheerio!

'We've Squished Paul Cornell!'

I'm delighted to be a guest on the latest Tea and Jeopardy Podcast, hosted by Emma Newman.  We talked  about cricket, China Mieville, and why I never look backwards, among other things.  It's a very fun format, and worth half an hour of your time.  Cheerio!

A Few Tuesday Things

Tom's a bit ill at the moment, full of phlegm, but at least he's gone back to sleeping through the night, the poor little guy.  We are both also therefore suffering from what should be called Baby Lag, waking and sleeping at mad hours, and trying to work in the gaps.

And part of today's obligations for me is to mention a few things that have slipped past me in the last couple of days.  First up, there's a great new Wild Cards story, this time by Cherie Priest, up at the Tor website, 'The Button Man and the Murder Tree'.  And it's illustrated by John Picacio.  I think my new WC story is probably the next in line.  I'll yell when it appears.

Secondly, the 2013 Hugo Voter Packet has arrived.  It contains DRM-free e-book versions of all five of this year's Hugo Award-nominated novels, all the Graphic Story entries (including the complete first volume of Saucer Country), all the short fiction, all the Related Works (including two Chicks Dig titles) and a whole bunch of fanzines, art, podcast links, etc.  A supporting membership to this year's Worldcon gets you all that, and Hugo voting rights, for just $60.  It's never been a better time to get involved with the Hugos.  Especially since this time I'm hosting them.

Thirdly, a number of friends of mine involved with the forthcoming Queers Dig Time Lords are interviewed on the latest Two Minute Time Lord podcast (it's longer than two minutes!)  It's long past time for this book, and the team are fun to listen to.

And talking of podcasts, Emma Newman has just launched the fabulous Tea and Jeopardy, where an author is interviewed in terrifying circumstances over a cuppa.  The latest episode features Sarah Pinborough and my own scary encounter should appear on Friday.

Oh, and here's the wonderful Alan Davis art for Wolverine #8, the first issue of the 'Killable' arc.  Which features Logan involved in a rather awkward encounter with the Black Panther... and Storm.


I'm now on Tumblr, which is still a work in process, but there are a few nice images already posted.  Do check it out.

At that's that for now.  I may see you when I'm wandering about the MCM Expo this weekend.  Until then, Cheerio!

A Better Way to Die

Those of you who follow my SF stories concerning Jonathan Hamilton (who, in a world where certain historical moments went very differently, works out of uniform for the British government), may be pleased to hear that I have a new novella concerning him soon to be published, entitled 'A Better Way to Die'.

It's in a very prestigious anthology too, Rogues, edited by Gardner Dozois and George R.R. Martin, and I'm in the company of such people as Neil Gaiman, Connie Willis, Cherie Priest and Patrick Rothfuss.  You can see the full table of contents at George's site.  He's not sure yet when the book is due out, but it should be sometime this year.  I'm very flattered to be included.

And for those of you who'd like to catch up, here's where you can find the three previous Hamilton stories:

'Catherine Drewe' (originally published in Fast Forward 2) is available for free online.

'One of our Bastards is Missing' (originally published in The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction #3) can be downloaded as a PDF file.  That one got the series its first Hugo Award nomination.

And 'The Copenhagen Interpretation' (also Hugo nominated, and originally published in the July 2011 issue of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine), can also be PDF downloaded, here.

On the matter of books, Tor UK are currently holding a contest to win a bundle of their books, including London Falling.

And there's a new Bernice Summerfield novel due out, a tie-in with the New Frontiers box set, entitled Filthy Lucre.

I was very disappointed to hear that Demon Knights will be ending with #23.  I thought Robert Venditti was doing a wonderful job, and I'm pleased to hear that he'll be going on to helm Green Lantern.  Much deserved.  I hope one day the DC Universe will see those characters again, and thanks to everyone who's expressed their support to both of us writers on the title.

In other comics news, here's a sample of the Augmented Reality video that plays when you use the Marvel AR app with your paper copy of Wolverine #3. This is me talking about how I've started to identify with Wolverine. (It does sound scary, put like that.)



Here I am being interviewed while at C2E2 on the latest episode of the Comic Book Queers podcast.

SFX Magazine has a poll concerning the greatest super hero of all time, in which they've been kind enough to single out Captain Midlands and a few more of the Captain Britain and MI-13 characters for possible votes.  (You could always use the fill-in box for Faiza!)

And speaking of those characters, Faiza, Dane and Brian show up in the rather wonderful new issue (#15AU) of Avengers Assemble, written by Al Ewing.


And that's it for an update I left far too long.  Hope you enjoy the Hamiltons, and I'll let you know when the new anthology is coming out!  Cheerio!

Friday London Falling Round-Up

Okay, this should be one of, or possibly the, last blog posts of interviews and giveaways surrounding the US launch of London Falling.  Going on what they call a 'blog tour' has been a great experience, and having to write so many different pieces about the book really gives one an insight into what one is trying to do with the series.  So, there are now three places with new LF content I haven't mentioned...

My Bookish Ways has a new interview and giveaway of the book to one lucky reader.

LitStack is giving away two copies.

And I've done a post about my inspirations and influences for The Book Smugglers.

Before I go today, I'd like to mention Adventure Rocketship!, an SF magazine in book form, the first issue of which contains fiction from such luminaries as Lavie Tidhar and Liz Williams, non-fiction from such as David Quantick and Rob Williams, and interviews with Michael Moorcock and China Mieville, all on the theme of the intersection between music, SF and the counterculture.  I heartily commend it to you.  Until next time, Cheerio!

It's Wolverine #3 Day!

The third issue of Wolverine is in your comic shops today (hmm, I wonder if the Bank Holiday made any difference to UK retailers?) and out digitally, as always, around teatime.  This is, I think, the point where what I'm after starts to come together, and the title gains a new supporting cast.

The issue comes with either the cover you can see to the left, or with this lovely Ed McGuinness variant...


I hope you enjoy it.

And in matters related to the release of London Falling in the US, there is yet another new interview with me out there, this one with the Zombie Girl Shambling blog.  I've just done my last one of the tour, so I assure you, it'll all be over soon.  And they're all different, they don't let me use the same one over and over!

Until next time, Cheerio!

Bank Holiday Business

A freelancer doesn't get the Bank Holiday off, so I've been working today, but at least I got the chance to take Tom out for a long trundle in the sunshine.  A number of things have come up to which I feel I ought to bring your attention.

First up, how much sex do you like in your urban fantasy? Tor have reprinted a piece I originally wrote for their in-house newsletter about where the dividing lines between genres are, with particular regard to London Falling.

And, as part of the continuing blogging about the novel being published in the USA, I did this new interview about it with Reflections of a Book Addict.

While I was at C2E2 I did a major interview with Comicosity about Wolverine.

And here I am at the same event being interviewed about comics on audio for Radio Free Latveria. On the same edition, they talk to Robert Venditti, so that's a lot of Demon Knights writers in the same podcast.

And here's a record of the 2000AD panel I was also on in Chicago, with a number of big announcements from that title.

Finally, the fanzine Cygnus Alpha, the first place I had anything published, is making mutterings about starting up publication again.  It's got itself a Facebook page even, where you can order one of the few remaining copies of their recent charity edition which reprints my first ever piece of Doctor Who fan fiction.

It's too sunny to stay cooped up, so I shall quickly wish you a fond Cheerio.

Wolverine #3 Preview

I've just come back from walking Tom in the sunshine (listening to the end of Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamour in Glass while Tom was asleep), and now feel more like falling asleep than anything else.  But the needs of an ongoing blog are manifold, and so it behooves me to tell you about four things.

Firstly, Wolverine #3 is out next Wednesday, and you can see the first three pages (and this issue's variant cover, the identity of the artist of which I don't yet know) here.  That third page introduces the reader to Logan's new supporting cast, the patrons of the Guernica bar, some of whom may be known to long-term Marvel fans (but, as always, there's nothing new readers have to know in advance).

Secondly, I'm sorry, but I'm not coming to the Bristol Comics Expo after all.  I just needed to cut down on time spent away from home.

Thirdly, I now have a Tumblr account.  I'm still finding my feet, but will be posting clips from ancient telefantasy shows, panels from my comics, music, links, matters of Fortean interest and maybe even the occasional mention of cricket here.

And finally, this year's SFX Awards are open for business, and this time round the guys have been kind enough to put both London Falling and Saucer Country in the nomination lists for their respective categories.

Right, I think I may go for that lie down now.  The cricket's on soon.  Until next time, Cheerio!

Doctor Who at Sci Fi London on Sunday

This Sunday I'll be taking part in a day-long event at the Sci-Fi London film festival.  Here's the blurb:

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Doctor Who, SCI-FI-LONDON is proud to host an event looking at some of the under appreciated aspects of the franchise.

12.30pm: Comic book writers Andrew Cartmel and Scott Gray, and artists Mark Buckingham and Adrian Salmon, discuss their serialised strip adventures of the TARDIS, printed in Doctor Who Magazine, the American Doctor Who comic and fanzines.

1.15pm: Novelists Paul Cornell (Scream of the Shalka), J.T. Colgan (Dark Horizons), Terrance Dicks (Players, Doctor Who and the Giant Robot) and Tommy Donbavand (Shroud of Sorrow) talk about continuing the Doctor’s trips in prose fiction and why they wanted to tell tales of the thousand-year-old time traveler… The need for Doctor Who spin-offs became increasingly important since the end of the original series in 1989, with both novels and comics filling the gap when the show was off air, with many writers of the modern TV show being strip and book alumni.  Print stories have also been used as the inspiration for TV episodes in the 21st century, such as the memorable David Tennant dramatisations of Cornell’s novel Human Nature and Doctor Who Magazine comic, 'The Lodger'.

2pm: Followed by a screening of the 1965 film DOCTOR WHO AND THE DALEKS, starring Peter Cushing in the lead role.

A pop-up book shop selling the various titles being discussed will be open from noon and some of the authors will be available before the event to sign copies. For more info, and to book tickets, go here. (It's free, but of course they need to make sure they don't have more people than seats.)

You may have seen those panel timings reversed in earlier publicity, but that's now the right way round.  It'll be a pleasure to be onstage with those fine folk.  I hope to see some of you there.  Until then, Cheerio!