Monthly Archives: July 2013

Conquering Armies

I’ve always felt that comics and sword and sorcery have had an uneasy relationship, in much the same way that sword and sorcery is often difficult to translate successfully on the screen. There is something about the (sub) genre that, … Continue reading

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October The First Is Too Late

  The mid 1960’s marked something of a transition period for science fiction in general and British science fiction in particular. The heyday of the ‘cosy catastrophe’ (as typified by writers such as John Wyndham) was giving way to the … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading

I’ve started a couple of new books this month: Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger – one of the first books to deal with the carnage of the First World War – and, in contrast, Ingathering by Zenna Henderson, a … Continue reading

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The Face of Battle

I’ve just finished reading John Keegan’s 1974 book, The Face of Battle, a stunning study of warfare and its human cost. As a writer of what are, for the most part, fairly violent stories, I sometimes find myself becoming a … Continue reading

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