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October 3, 2016

It's a little short notice, but I will now be appearing at the Destination Star Trek Europe this coming weekend, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham! 
Right now, the plan is for me to be on the Voyager Stage on Saturday 8th October from 2.45pm to 3.20pm, along with Jon Van Citters of CBS Licensing and Chris Cooper of Star Trek Magazine to talk about "Star Trek in print and the world of the novels".

Straight after the panel, I'll be off to the retail area to sign books and I'm t...
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Published on October 03, 2016 05:17 • 5 views

September 26, 2016

Kicking off this week with a gratutious image post of this neat piece of art for Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures ... 
Great work here by Brian Williamson and Pete Hambling on this “movie poster” for “The Red Moon Mystery”, my episode of the forthcoming Dan Dare audio drama.

Coolest touch? I like how Dan is holding one a pistol modelled after the original Lone Star “ Dan Dare Space Gun ” toys from the 1950′s...

Visit Big Finish's website Here to pre-order a copy of Dan Dare: The Audio Adventure...
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Published on September 26, 2016 04:19 • 6 views

September 19, 2016

Back in May I posted a cover reveal for a brand new anthology of fiction based on the Halo videogame universe, and this week - tomorrow to be exact - the book arrives out in the world in trade paperback, eBook and unabridged audio editions.

Halo: Fractures is nearly a dozen shots of action, adventure and high drama from this epic and deep science fiction mythos, and I've written one of them. "Breaking Strain" is set toward the end of the events of Halo 3 , on a distant colony planet where the s...
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Published on September 19, 2016 05:24 • 11 views

September 14, 2016

When the Galaxy's Greatest Comic 2000AD arrived in the late 70's to rock my young pre-teen mind, one of the things that came with it was a revival of a classic British space hero - Dan Dare , star of the old Eagle comics that had been the equivalent entertainment for my dad's generation. The UK's Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon , Dare was a two-fisted interplanetary adventurer in the mould of an RAF fighter ace or jungle explorer - and while his 1970's incarnation was different to his original 195...
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Published on September 14, 2016 07:13 • 9 views

September 8, 2016

50 years ago today, Star Trek premiered on television, and it's really not an exaggeration to say that a phenomenon was created.

There's going to be a galaxy of think-pieces out there about this over the next few days, some of them thoughtful and some of them mocking, but I'm not likely to read the majority because I know exactly what Star Trek means to me
And I'm not going to get starry-eyed about this (well, maybe a little bit) because we are just talking about a TV show...but the fact...
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Published on September 08, 2016 05:00 • 9 views

September 5, 2016

Partworks are a thing over here in the UK - handsome collections that build week-by-week into something you will treasure forever, so the adverts say. When I was a kid, I got the massive New Oxford Illustrated Dictionary and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft that way, and later when I started writing for a living I worked on The Official Star Trek Fact Files , the 007 Spy File and The Official Star Wars Fact File magazines - each issue is part of a larger whole and by the end of the run...
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Published on September 05, 2016 05:30 • 22 views

August 30, 2016

Radio 4's Front Row is one of the BBC's most popular and well-regarded magazine shows on arts and entertainment, so it was pretty neat to be asked to come on and talk about writing for videogames for an audience of listeners who are likely to be outside the wheelhouse of most things games related...

This month has seen two big new releases in the video gaming world: the highly anticipated No Man Sky, which promises an infinite, constantly regenerating universe for players to discover, and the...
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Published on August 30, 2016 02:48 • 23 views

August 23, 2016

The wait is over; it's time to get augmented and return to the dark world of cyberpunk and conspiracy in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided ....

The year is 2029, and mechanically augmented humans have now been deemed outcasts, living a live of segregation on the fringes of society. Adam Jensen is now an experienced covert operative, forced to work in a world that has grown to despise his kind. Armed with a new arsenal of state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations, he must find a path through a wildernes...
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Published on August 23, 2016 02:38 • 6 views

August 18, 2016

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided hits next week on August 23rd, but that's also the official release date for Deus Ex: Black Light , the prequel novel I wrote that connects the storyline of the new game to the shattering conclusion of the previous game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution ...

At the conclusion of Human Revolution , cybernetically-enhanced ex-cop Adam Jensen was driven to stop a global conspiracy against his fellow augmented - an act that plunged the world into turmoil and threw Jensen into an unce...
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Published on August 18, 2016 04:46 • 8 views

August 15, 2016

We're just over a week away from the release of the next iteraton of the Deus Ex videogame franchise on August 23rd, and I've been very proud to be a part of the writing team behind Deus Ex: Mankind Divided ! But working on the story and script for the game hasn't been my only contribution to the world of this conspiracy-laden cyberpunk future - the 23rd will also see the release of Deus Ex: Black Light , a prequel novel that fills in some of the missing time between the end of the previous ga...
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Published on August 15, 2016 03:21 • 16 views