•March 12, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I’m just off to the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, where I’ll be appearing on a panel about critical writing done from outside academia. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that The Unsilent Library – the book on new Doctor Who edited by myself, Simon Bradshaw, and Tony Keen – is now out, and can be ordered from Amazon.


•March 9, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I’ve just updated my list of forthcoming books in the Gollancz Sf Masterworks series to the 100th title, due April 2012. Of the six new titles I’ve added, I’m especially glad to see Cecelia Holland’s Floating Worlds and Algis Budrys’s Rogue Moon, books that formed my sf reading tastes a few decades ago. I doubt, however, that Gollancz will be recycling the cover art from the fondly-remembered late-80s editions…

Me, elsewhere

•February 27, 2011 • Leave a Comment


Well, the DVD of The Ark is out, and indeed debuted at No 1 on the UK TV DVD chart: I somehow doubt, however, that this was due to my presence as a talking head on it. Also out are the new SF Masterworks editions of Gibson and Sterling’s The Difference Engine and Priest’s The Prestige, both with introductions by me; and the SF Foundation’s book on Doctor Who, The Unsilent Library, co-edited and with a paper by me.

Meanwhile, I’ve just blogged over at the Locus Roundtable about the National Theatre’s new production of Frankenstein, and a piece about Doris Lessing’s Canopus in Argos sequence appeared in the February edition of Locus – also online.

And, in other news, the most fascinating (if profane) work of speculative fiction I’ve read recently is the fake tweets of @mayoremanuel : if you missed him before he vanished into a time vortex, or lack the requisite lifelong knowledge of Chicago politics, Bill Shunn has the necessary briefing.

The Ark

•January 8, 2011 • 1 Comment

Since the preview DVDs and press releases have gone out, I can now tell you about my small part in the forthcoming BBC DVD release of the 1966 Doctor Who story The Ark. A while ago, I went down to a recording studio in Kentish Town, where m’colleague Simon Guerrier and his brother Tom pointed a camera at me and asked me questions about the influence of H.G. Wells on Doctor Who – an influence especially relevant to this story. At this stage, I can’t remember the details of what I said – and nor have I seen the final cut of the documentary Simon and Tom produced, which appears on the DVD. (All I remember, in fact, is that the recording studio was filled with extremely nice guitars, which I had to restrain myself mightily from playing around with.) However, I do know that the documentary also features such luminaries as Kim Newman, Dominic Sandbrook, Tony Keen, and Matthew Sweet. The DVD is out on February 14th, and can be pre-ordered from amazon here.

Happy new year!

•January 3, 2011 • Leave a Comment

First of all, if you’re visiting having followed links from my post on Christopher Eccleston’s time in Doctor Who: hello and welcome! If you want to find out more about the various projects I’m working on, this is probably the best place to start. Secondly, if you haven’t yet seen the post, it’s over here. It’s part of ‘s splendid “Twelve Doctors of Christmas” series, also featuring contributions from Paul Cornell, Nicholas Whyte, Seanan McGuire, and others.

Among other things, I’ve also updated the list of forthcoming books in the SF Masterworks series, for which I and Adam Roberts are currently writing introductions. In the meantime, I’m spending a lot of time proofing The Unsilent Library and doing last rewrites on The Doctor’s Monsters: more news on both soon…

The Unsilent Library

•November 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’ve just added a new page giving details about The Unsilent Library, a book I’m editing along with Simon Bradshaw and Antony Keen about the revived series of Doctor Who. It should be out early next year.

In other news, I’m currently working on rewrites to The Doctor’s Monsters, bringing it up-to-date to cover the 2010 series of Doctor Who and, believe it or not, working on things that aren’t to do with Doctor Who. I’ve been finishing off editorial work on a couple of issues of Foundation which should be out before the end of the year; writing introductions to the forthcoming Gollancz editions of Sirius, The Difference Engine and The Prestige; talking about mathematical sf at the Locus Roundtable; updating entries for the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (currently at 11, 106 entries versus 6,571 in the previous edition); contributing program ideas for the next installment of Readercon; and plotting a couple of new ventures which I hope I’ll be able to talk about here shortly.

More updates soon, I promise, just as soon as I get to Inbox = 0 …

Three things

•September 22, 2010 • 1 Comment

1) I’ve just received a copy of the lovely new SF Masterworks edition of Jack Finney’s The Body Snatchers, with intro by me. Obviously it’s a terrific book, but I wanted especially to flag it here because of the cover art. The back cover says it’s “based on” an original piece by Dominic Harman. I don’t know what that credit entails/means in detail, but the cover is just brilliantly disturbing, especially when you look at it up close – and very appropriate for the book.

2) London people may be interested in this evening’s BSFA discussion, between Farah Mendlesohn and Charles Butler on the work of one of the UK’s great fantasists, Dianne Wynne-Jones. Venue as usual is the Antelope pub in Belgravia from 7pm.

3) Not strictly relevant to my own work, but I was delighted to see that Dennis Potter’s last TV drama, the sf series Cold Lazarus (1996), is at last out on DVD along with its contemporary companion-piece Karaoke. I may well wind up posting about it on the Locus blog soon…

The Doctor’s Monsters

•September 5, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Yes, I know I’ve been away a while, but hope to be updating more frequently here now that the summer’s over. There are several exciting secret projects I’m working on at the moment that should become less secret over the course of the autumn. Speaking of which…

I’ve just set up a new page to cover The Doctor’s Monsters, the book on Doctor Who I have forthcoming from I B Tauris next year. I’ll post more information there as soon as I can, but in the meantime you can already pre-order from Amazon…

Podcast fame!

•July 26, 2010 • 1 Comment

As noted earlier, when I was at Readercon earlier in the month, Jon Armstrong asked me and the brilliant Rose Fox to record an installment of his “If you’re just joining us…” podcast, about recent sf and fantasy. We talked about a clutch of recent books we each thought were interesting, and the results are now available to download at Jon’s site – or you could subscribe via iTunes. Enjoy…

What has it got in its apocalypses?

•July 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Over at the Locus Roundtable, a post about Leonardo da Vinci’s alternate-world career as a disaster movie director. Here, I’ve updated the list of forthcoming SF Masterworks to May 2011.