Midsummer Mixture

I love my dreams at the height of summer.  I tune in to something during the solstice, and get these really trippy excursions that seem to work something out deep down inside me.  It's like the Nineties all over again.  Tom, on the other hand, isn't liking  the muggy heat at night at all.  We had a couple of friends over last night for a curry, and kept the lights off to enjoy the quality of the illumination from outside.

I have much to tell you.  First up, I popped into Tor's studio to record a joint interview with my old colleague from the Doctor Who New Adventures days, now the bestselling author of the Young Sherlock Holmes series and Lost Worlds, Andy Lane.  Our chat goes all over the place, but cryptozoologists and those who fondly remember the gap between the old Who and the new shouldn't be disappointed.  You can find it all here.

Also on audio, I'm a guest on the latest episode of the Tangential Deviation Podcast, which, as it's name suggests, is a rambling chat about anything that's timed to fit into an exact duration, that being the only limit.  We had a great deal of fun, talking about horror films and radio comedy in particular.

I'm honoured to be part of a truly stellar line-up for the Stripped strand of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. I'm also appearing with Ben Aaronovitch at the main Festival. You can see details of my events here.

The next issue of Wolverine, #5, is out early, on Wednesday 26th in fact, and you can see the first four pages from this arc's artist, Mirco Pierfederici, here.  This is the start of a two-part story, 'Drowning Logan', the end of which will reveal the nature of our mysterious antagonist and change everything about Logan.  Alan Davis is back for #8, and should be with us for all six parts of the 'Killable' arc.  And between those two things is a rather special issue.

Finally, and I've been meaning to blog about this for a while now, I'd like to talk about one of the best things about being a member of the British Science Fiction Association.  If you're an aspiring writer, then joining the BSFA (and only that) gets you access to Orbiters, BSFA-organised small groups of those in the same boat who encourage each other and (most importantly), critique each other's work.  They have short story and now novel sales to their credit, and those involved seem delighted by the standard of support and advice.  To get involved, first use the above link to join the BSFA, then drop a line to organiser Terry Jackman on: terryjackman@mypostoffice.co.uk.  And let me know how you get on.

Right, these pages won't write themselves.  Until next time, Cheerio!

Andromeda One and Bandette

I'm pleased to say that I'm one of the Guests of Honour at Andromeda One, a new one day SF convention in Birmingham with a feminist outlook. The other GoH is the great Jaine Fenn, and there are loads of other guests, including Marie O'Regan and Ian Whates.  I really like the feel of what this lot are trying to do, and the idea of a group ticket (five people get in for the price of four) sounds excellent.  I hope to see you there.

And similarly fun, on November 6th, Dark Horse will be releasing a hardcover collection of the first five issues of Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover's wonderful e-comic Bandette, with an introduction by me!

I love Bandette, and it's an honour to have been asked to talk about it.

Okay, back to the keyboard I go.  Well, actually, at the moment it's back to cooking veg for Tom, but you know what I mean.  Cheerio!


Just popped in to note that I've written a new X-Position blog, answering questions from readers about the Wolverine run so far and where we'll be going in the future.  And there's a reveal of Alan Davis' lovely cover for #9, featuring a rather surprising villain.  Cheerio!

Wolverine Day and Other Matters

Sorry it's been such a long time since the last post.  I've been looking after Tom a bit more this week, because various job things took Caroline away.  But the list of things to tell you about has now got too long to ignore.

First up, tomorrow is of course new comics day, and Wolverine #4 will be in your comics shops (and in your digital stores from sometime in the afternoon).  You can see the first four pages of lovely Alan Davis art (and our two variant covers this issue, from Salvador Larroca and a 'through the ages' one) here.  This issue marks the end of our first story arc, 'Hunting Season', and leads in to the story in #5 and #6, 'Drowning Logan', which is basically 'Die Hard on a SHIELD helicarrier at the bottom of the ocean'.  Which ends with... a major change to the status quo.

In other news, I'm pleased to say that my story 'The Ghosts of Christmas' will be appearing in editor David Hartwell's Year's Best SF 18, which is out in December. It's a great honour to have something featured alongside such folk as Gene Wolfe, Elizabeth Bear and Ken Liu.

And my wife Caroline Symcox has an article about the geek/faith experience in the new edition of Apex Magazine.

I must return to the keyboard and the nappies, so until next time I see you, Cheerio!