Somewhere in April

  At the end of the Hugo debate – should there be an end – one thing will be true: and that is that speculative fiction will have failed in a truly spectacular way in regards to equality. As a genre, what has emerged in the wake of Sad Puppies has reflected very poorly on […]


A Casual Letter to My Enemy About Awards 1

  Ah, Bill. May I call you Bill, now? Now that I have defeated you and your fine fanzine, may I be allowed this sense of informality between us? I sit here with cognac and I toast to you, sir, for I have done it. I have defeated you. Last night, in Perth, The Godless […]


The Quiet and Adaptions

  A few weeks ago, maybe a month, I read John le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for the first time. I have read other le Carre and liked them, but it had been a while, and we had this in the house, and I had always meant to read it. I’d seen both the […]


Pratchett and Books and Floors

  I missed a blog post last week, but there was little I could do about it. We replaced the floors in the bedroom and offices and moving all the furniture and, well, shit that we (mostly I) have accumulated took a whole lot of time. I thought I might be able to write while […]


The Finite Number of Books You Can Read 2

  Before last year ended, before this year began, before it became March, of all things, my girlfriend and I sat around and talked about the number of books you could read in your life. Yes, we’re that kind of people. Anyhow: it was a simple proposition. First, you work out how many books on […]


Ditmars 2015 (#VoteNotPeek) 5

  To My Most Trusted Enemy, Bill Wright. It has been some time since I last wrote you. In that time, dynasties have fallen and empires have begun to crumble. Even in our own small country, so isolated in the world, we have not been immune to such a violent global mood. We have been […]


Harper Lee

  I read To Kill a Mockingbird in my early twenties. It was a cheap little paperback published by Arrow Book, mostly black, but with the orange outline of a bird on it. I picked it up, I suspect, because I wanted to be an author, and I wanted to be an author who talked […]


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The Godless Giveaway 15

  Yesterday afternoon, a UPS van rolled up outside my place, and a box of boxes was delivered to me. Inside it was the paperback of the Godless. Nice, hey? Of course, the question is, what do I need with all those copies of the book? The answer is: I don’t. They’ll sit in a […]


The Apolitical Novel

  I usually try to blog every Monday, but last Monday was Australia Day, and so I didn’t. The older I get, the more difficult the day becomes, for me. It does for a lot of people, really. When I was a kid, I was taught that the day was the day that Australia was […]


Interviews, Partners, and Saga

  To start the week, here’s an interview I did over at Smash Dragons. *** The year is starting to move forward. Work on the third, still untitled book of the series, continues, and I’m about fifty thousand words done. The Godless, when I finished it, was just under a hundred and twenty when I […]