A Hugo Nomination and a Severed Streets Excerpt

I'm honoured and delighted to say that 'The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who', the last IDW Doctor Who comic, by myself and Jimmy Broxton, has been nominated for a Hugo Award, in the category of Best Graphic Story.  The awards will be presented at this year's World Science Fiction Convention, at the ExCel Centre in London's Docklands, on the weekend of 14th-18th August.  We're up against stiff competition from Girl Genius, Saga, XKCD and George R.R. Martin, so we've got a fight on our hands.  I'd like to thank everyone who nominated us.  Very kind of you!

Meanwhile, in the run up to the release of The Severed Streets (May 20th in the USA, 22nd in the UK), Tor have put a few sample chapters of the book up for your reading pleasure.  You can find them here.

What a lovely week it's been.  Thanks again, everyone!  Cheerio!

The Severed Streets Launch is Approaching!

If you're within shouting distance of London, please do come along to the Severed Streets launch event at Forbidden Planet, on Wednesday 21st May from 6pm.  It's the day before the worldwide release of the book, the sequel to London Falling, so it could well be your first chance to get your hands on the hardback and get it signed.  We're hoping to provide police-themed baked goods.

There's also a Facebook event page for that launch here.

A few days before that, on 16th May to be precise, I'll be joined by Ben Aaronovitch and Jasper Fforde (I should call myself Paul Ccornell that night), at Waterstones in Bristol for Murder Most Magical, a conversation courtesy of BristolCon. This event is ticketed, and it'll cost you £3.

Finally, tomorrow (Wednesday 16th April) is the release date for Wolverine #4, which completes our first arc and reveals what's going on.  You can see a preview of some of that lovely Ryan Stegman art here.

This is a big week for me, with a couple of major meetings, so I'm off back to my desk, but I can't wait to see what you lot make of The Severed Streets.  Until then, Cheerio!

A Great Deal on London Falling

Throughout April, if you're in the UK, you can get the ebook of London Falling for only £1.29! 

It's really weird they've put it in the 'coming of age' chart, mind you, but that's Amazon for you.  All of this, of course, is part of the run up to the release of The Severed Streets on May 22nd.  Cheerio!

Two Podcasts and a Column

Tom, thank goodness, has taken to sleeping through the night and also getting a regular afternoon nap, thanks to just two quick bursts of what they call 'controlled comforting'.  We're immensely relieved, and no longer feel like we're being interrogated.

There are three things to tell you about today.  First off, I'm delighted to have appeared as a guest on one of my favourite podcasts, Doctor Who: The Writers' Room.  (It's also available on iTunes.)  Normally, the format of the show is that the hosts will talk for an hour or so about a particular Doctor Who writer, but in this episode I just wandered around the classic series, talking about my favourite writers, what worked and what didn't.  I had a very pleasant time and I hope you will too.

Secondly, the latest episode of The SF Squeecast is out now, continuing our new, more relaxed format, where we basically talk around a theme and have a lot more fun than we used to. This time round its about the expectations that an audience bring to a text.

Finally, I share space with such luminaries as Erika Ensign, Trudi Canavan and Adam Christopher on this SF Signal Mind Meld which asks us all where we'd go in the TARDIS.

Until next time, Cheerio!

The Work of Two Friends

I just got Kate Bush tickets!  Having missed out on the initial rush, I'm going along with a friend on September 12th.  Phew.

So, in a spirit of celebration, I'd like to mention projects from two friends of mine, of whom I'm very proud.

First up is Chris Lunt, a TV writer I've worked with and enjoyed the company of, who's finally got his own show, and it's only got John Simm in it! Prey will be coming to ITV later this year.

And Emma Newman, an author and podcaster who I've been in many a convention bar with, has set up a Patreon site (with sweet video introduction) to fund her Tea and Jeopardy podcast.  Patreon lets people who enjoy an ongoing project fund it with small, monthly, sums of money.  Tea and Jeopardy is well worth it.

I commend them both to you, and look forward to seeing (as I surely well) several of you at the Kate Bush gig.  Until then, Cheerio!

Wolverine #1 Second Printing Out Today

A second edition of Wolverine #1 from me and Ryan Stegman will be in your comic shops today.  Here's the very slightly different cover...

The most obvious difference is that it's got 'second printing' at the bottom right hand corner.  It's very satisfying to again be in the position of comic stores not having ordered enough of the title first time out and needing more.  Our first issue was January's best selling Marvel title, so we're doing something right.

And speaking of Wolverine, here's a new interview about where we're going with the next few issues, including some lovely Ryan art from #4 and news of Pete Wisdom and MI-13's guest appearance.

Until next time, Cheerio!

Rogues and Other Stories

I'm looking after Thomas solo this week, while Caroline's away at a conference.  The poor little guy's getting over conjunctivitis, which meant he wasn't getting enough sleep, but last night that changed to getting all the sleep, and he was much his old self yesterday afternoon too.  This is two days after we took him to an out of hours GP because he wouldn't open his eyes, only for him to do so immediately and do his little dance (which is halfway between running on the spot and a tap routine) in her surgery.  This time with just us has actually been great so far, in that, having been keen on Mummy and only Mummy lately, he's now happy for me to give him his story and milk at bedtime.

Anyway, the big news for me this week is the announcement of this...

Rogues is the new theme anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.  It's out June 17th (whatever various store sites may tell you), and there's also a Random House Audiobook in the offing.  As well as those illustrious names on the cover, it includes stories from Garth Nix, Cherie Priest and, I'm honoured to say, myself.  My entry is a new Jonathan Hamilton story entitled 'A Better Way to Die'.  I couldn't think of a more pleasing home for it.

Before that, on May 22nd to be precise, is the release of my second Shadow Police novel, The Severed Streets, and that's now available for ebook pre-order at a very reasonable price.

An edited highlights version of my interview in the latest edition of Locus magazine has been put online by them here.

And it's pleasing to crop up twice (!) in this SF Signal Mind Meld feature about favourite convention panels.

I'm off to pick up Thomas from nursery in about an hour (I hope he's been awake and energetic), so until next time, Cheerio!