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Gary Gibson

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Gary Gibson's first novel, Angel Stations, was published in 2004. Interzone called it "dense and involving, puzzling and perplexing. It's unabashed science fiction, with an almost "Golden Age" feel to it ..."

His second novel was Against Gravity in 2005; the Guardian described it as "building on current trends to produce a convincing picture of the world in 2096."

Stealing Light was first published in 2007, and garnered a wide range of positive reviews. The London Times called it: "A violent, inventive, relentlessly gripping adventure ... intelligently written and thought-provoking".

Stealing Light is the first volume in a three-part series which takes the notion of wide-screen baroque space opera to its heart and runs with it. The second volu

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Gary Gibson Not planning on writing one at the moment. Originally Final Days was written entirely as a standalone, and the idea for The Thousand Emperors came…moreNot planning on writing one at the moment. Originally Final Days was written entirely as a standalone, and the idea for The Thousand Emperors came much later. I'm not necessarily a fan of dotting every 'i' and crossing every 't' in a fictional universe because I think if you provide every single possible answer to a story that deals directly with the numinous - the end of the universe, Godlike entities controlling its destiny, what lies beyond the end of time, and so forth - then what you end up with is actually quite a bit less satisfying than if you *don't* know all the answers.

Or to put it another way, some things work better when they aren't directly seen or remain at least partly in the shadows. To pick another example, Rendezvous with Rama by AC Clarke is better for not knowing who sent the craft, or why. There are many other examples.

The Founder Network, also, is not itself central to the story within my mind, since my primary concern was with the time paradoxes that presented themselves once I started playing with Kip Thorne's ideas concerning what might happen when you place one end of a wormhole on board a starship accelerated at close to light-speed. The Network therefore arose directly from that conceit, on the assumption that if it could be built, it would be built - regardless of by who, or why. (less)
Gary Gibson There's a sequel to Extinction Game coming, but unfortunately it isn't going to be out until about August 2016. I can't tell you about the title or…moreThere's a sequel to Extinction Game coming, but unfortunately it isn't going to be out until about August 2016. I can't tell you about the title or the storyline yet, but when the time gets a little nearer I will be.(less)
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I came across an article on Lifehacker called You Don't Have a Creative Block. It references anotherarticle, which in turn quotes the author Jodi Picoult, talking about writer's block.

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