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December 10, 2013

I'm delighted to say that London Falling has just been optioned by a UK television company.  This doesn't mean that it'll definitely get made, but it's a big step in the right direction.  I couldn't be more pleased.  That's all I can say about that right now.  I'll let you know when there's any more progress.  A year after its initial release, the book continues to sell, and keeps finding new audiences.  How wonderful.  It's also been included on this list of gifts for genre book lovers.

Out today is 2000AD Presents Sci-Fi Thrillers which includes the complete XTNCT by me and the wonderful artist D'Israeli.  Here's the promo...


Which accurately reflects the contents of the strip.  Until next time, Cheerio!
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Published on December 10, 2013 01:33 • 61 views

December 6, 2013

It's just a small thing, but very pleasing for me: Buzzfeed's Twelve Greatest Fantasy Books of the Year includes London Falling... at number one!  I've even beaten that promising young writer Neil Gaiman, but I'm sure he'll go on to be quite successful.  I don't really know what else to say about that except thanks very much. We're back to #2 on the Kindle SF chart, possibly as a result. (The 59p sale price can't last much longer.)

In other news, you can see the first three finished pages of lovely Alan Davis art for Wolverine #12, the penultimate chapter of 'Killable', here.  We're really building to something, as I hope will by now be clear.  But exactly what may come as quite a surprise.

And Caroline's publisher now has a dedicated website for her book, The Vicar's FAQ , including a number of the questions from it.  It's a good sample of what the book's about.

Back to the grindstone I go.  Until next time, Cheerio!
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Published on December 06, 2013 00:34 • 74 views

November 27, 2013

Yesterday was a bit of an experiment, as the ebook of London Falling was slashed in price for UK readers (down to 59p), and, as a result (and with a bit of vamping from me), reached #1 on Kindle's SF/F chart.  It's still at that price, but the offer won't continue for more than a few days.  It was gratifying to see the response, and I'm glad to think of the book being in so many new hands.

Today is, by accident, another big book launch day for the Cornell family, as my wife, Caroline Symcox, has her book, The Vicar's FAQ, released into the wild.


As you may know, Caroline is the writer of Doctor Who: The Council of Nicaea, and co-wrote Seasons of Fear with me, but this is her first published non-fiction.  The book began as a response to the questions she always got asked by our friends (and random strangers) in pubs, most of which were about job titles (and, back in the day, Dan Brown). On her blog she talks about what her aims were.

I'm very impressed with the book (I would say that, wouldn't I?)  It's a straightforward guide to a field which, these days, most people don't know much about, from what Catholic and Protestant mean, to what the difference between a vicar and a priest and a curate is, to what the Bible actually says about gay marriage.  When much of Christian language has been grabbed for use in genre (Halo, I'm looking at you) without much care about what the words actually mean, it's also a great resource for writers who want to get their basic facts right.

It's done without any attempt to convert, without any preaching, and as such would be of great interest to an atheist reader who wanted to learn about a different world.  It does, mind you, reflect Caroline's very liberal and feminist point of view, so, while she mentions more conservative versions of the truth where appropriate, her own opinions do shine through.

There's a guide to the book with a few sample questions on the publisher's own website, and of course it's available through Amazon. There's meant to be an ebook version, but, as often happens, that's taken its time showing up.

It's been a labour of love for Caroline, an attempt to let our friends understand more closely who she is, what she does and what she stands for.  I hope you'll take a look.

On other subjects, I'll be popping along tonight to the BSFA open meeting in London, where, above a pub called The Artillery Arms, the Doctor Who Magazine editorial team will be being interviewed by SF critic and Who fan Graham Sleight.  These free monthly gatherings are always great fun, with beer, chat and a raffle, and tonight's is a great way to continue your Anniversary week.

The Gentlemen of Horror is a new play by Doctor Who stalwart James Goss, about the friendship between Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, is also playing in London this week, and is also well worth your time.


And finally, the Marvel panel I was on at this weekend's Thought Bubble convention has been summarised. As always, it doesn't quite convey how much fun and laughter there was.  Okay, back to work I go.  Until next time, Cheerio!
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Published on November 27, 2013 05:25 • 53 views

November 26, 2013

For customers in the UK only, for a short time only, the ebook of London Falling is only 99p on the iTunes book store, and a mind-boggling 59p in the Kindle store!  (Which has, as of this moment, taken it to #3 in the Amazon SF chart!)  Get it while it's hot!

Meanwhile, the ebook version of The Doctor Who Discontinuity Guide is the SF Gateway's Book of the Week!  It's all go.  Cheerio!
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Published on November 26, 2013 00:58 • 52 views

November 25, 2013

Thought Bubble in Leeds was a lovely convention, and I did indeed get some quality time with friends, but I was slowed down and limited by illness, so didn't do as much socialising as I'd have liked.  The Marvel panel went well, I thought, and I signed loads of things over two sessions.  This is swiftly becoming the UK comics show.  I love its focus on the new mainstream.  It was also good to be at the British Comic Awards, which are exactly the sort of sober, arty, professional system that UK comics has needed for so long.

Of course, I made sure I got to see 'The Day of the Doctor'.  We're the luckiest fandom in the world, to have our show not just flourishing, after fifty years, but to have had delivered to us such a run of fine programming to mark the event.  (And of course it's not over yet.)  I'm pleased to say I played a small part in that, since I pop up in 'Me, You and Doctor Who', a Culture Show special made by the wonderful Matthew Sweet.  (That link is only for UK viewers, I'm sorry to say, and will only last a few days.)  The filming was interesting, in that Matthew took it very casually, sharing with me some of the original research about the origins of the series that he'd done for the programme, and thus letting both of us relax and chat about our own experiences, which I think makes for good results.  I also got to meet the previous interviewee, Anthony Reed.  I asked him about other uses of the pseudonym 'David Agnew' across BBC drama productions.  It was, all in all, a lovely day.

On the same subject, my comrades at Tor Books had an ask around the office about the staff's favourite moments from Who, and got this, to which I also contribute.

And to return to the matter of comics, gorgeous new Wolverine artist Ryan Stegman is interviewed about the title, with loads of cool art, here.

My Twelve Blogs of Christmas this year will begin on December 13th, with many surprises in store.  Now, I'd better get back to work.  Until next time, Cheerio!
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Published on November 25, 2013 01:29 • 41 views

November 19, 2013

Tom's started sleeping a little better, but Caroline's got tonsilitis, which means that for the last few days I've been looking after both of them, and fitting in work and sleep wherever I can.  The diagnosis took some of the pressure off, because we'd been worried it was glandular fever, and now Caroline's on antibiotics, so the end is in sight.  But bloody hell, this rather horrible year continues to be an obstacle course.

However, by Friday, Caroline should be up for her planned trip to take Tom to visit his Grandparents, so I get to go to a convention, that being the wonderful Thought Bubble in Leeds.  It's always welcoming and fun, and I get to be on a Marvel panel (because there's a woman, Kelly Sue DeConnick no less, on it) at 4.50pm on the Saturday, and signing at Table A in the Royal Armouries Hall from 12.20pm to 1.50pm on both the Saturday and Sunday.

I will, I should think, be rushing back to someone's hotel room to watch Doctor Who, hopefully with snacks and beer.  I will not, hopefully, be getting into any grief of any kind, which is my rule for which conventions I go to from now on: is there a reasonable expectation of me having fun?  The answer in terms of Thought Bubble is indeed yes, and I will try to make myself available to the audience as much as possible.

Speaking of Doctor Who, here's a date for your diary in this busiest of celebratory weeks: on November 27th at 7pm, at The Artillery Arms in London, this month's BSFA Meeting features Tom Spilsbury and Peter Ware of Doctor Who Magazine being interviewed by Graham Sleight. These monthly get togethers are always great fun, with beer and an SF writer guest, and this one promises to be crowded, so get there earlier.  It's free.  I'll mention it again nearer the time.

And finally, in first Spanish and then English, here's a new interview with me about Saucer Country. We've been attracting a Spanish-speaking audience to the title lately, thanks to some handsome editions in that language, and it was great to talk directly to them.

I hope to see some of you this weekend.  Until then, Cheerio!
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Published on November 19, 2013 01:56 • 74 views

November 14, 2013

Well, it all came out much quicker than I thought it would.  In February, Wolverine will be re-launching with a new #1 and a new artist, the wonderful Ryan Stegman.  But I'll still be writing it.  Our first arc, in #1-4, is entitled 'Payback'.  Logan's in a very different place than where he is at the end of 'Killable', as revealed by our first cover.


We've talked in detail about the new season, which, I'd like to point out, is an obvious consequence of the events of 'Killable', but also an extreme new start for new readers, in three interviews, one with Marvel, one with CBR and one with Newsarama. There's another lovely cover picture there too.  Obviously, the new costume and other details of the images open up lots of questions, none of which we can yet answer.  But let me just say: you'll want to be there for what happens at the end of 'Killable' in #13, and you'll want to see how that takes Logan to where he is in #1 of the new volume.

Thanks for coming on this ride with us so far.  Until next time, Cheerio!
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Published on November 14, 2013 07:34 • 154 views

November 13, 2013

Well, that's what this Marvel teaser image says, and that's all I can say on that subject.  Except that the art of Ryan Stegman is lush and detailed.


Talking of Marvel, psychiatrist Tim Stevens dissects Wolverine's current mental state, as depicted in my run of his comic, in his latest Psych Ward column.

And here's a good discussion about what the new Ms. Marvel will mean for Muslims in comics, including a nice shout out to Faiza.

And I've been meaning for a while to recommend Flaw Fest , the new comedy album from my favourite geek comedian, Joseph Scrimshaw.  It's very funny and very rude.

That's it for today, more news as we have it!  Cheerio!
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Published on November 13, 2013 02:35 • 76 views

November 12, 2013

I'm honoured that London Falling has been nominated in the Best Fantasy Novel category of the RT Reviewers' Choice Awards!

RT is the Romantic Times, but these days their remit stretches much wider than that.  I'm up against E.C. Blake, Kate Elliott, Stella Gemmell and Mary Robinette Kowal, so I don't stand a snowball's chance, but I'm just delighted to get that far.

The Award is given out at the RT Booklovers' Convention on May 13-18, 2014, and I'm now working out whether or not I can make it.  Thank you, RT reviewers!
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Published on November 12, 2013 11:40 • 55 views

November 11, 2013

Tom's been having trouble sleeping lately (we think it's his fifth tooth coming through), so we're both exhausted, but last night he did much better, and so I have some new energy today.  So I thought it was time for a quick catch-up.

First off, Wolverine #11 is out on Wednesday, part four of our six part 'Killable' arc.  I'm very proud of where we're taking this, and it's about to get even bigger.  You can see the first four pages of lovely finished Alan Davis art (and our X-Men 50th Anniversary Variant cover) here.

I've done a new interview with CBR about my forthcoming Doctor Who one-off comic, 'The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who', where you also see Mark Buckingham's gorgeous variant Christmas cover.

Out now is a new UK paperback edition of Fort Freak, featuring 'More!', my first story set in George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards universe.  You can find all the details here.


And out in Britain on November 21st, in ebook and paperback form (it's already out in the USA), is another anthology I'm honoured to have a story in, 21st Century Science Fiction , edited by David Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden.  The story in question is my second Jonathan Hamilton outing, 'One of Our Bastards is Missing', and the book also features a vast array of modern SF talent.  It's especially great to be featured in a work which declares itself to be showcasing the cutting edge.


That's it for today, but there's going to be some big comics news later in the week.  So until then, Cheerio!

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Published on November 11, 2013 02:11 • 94 views