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July 2, 2013

It's been a very tiring week, as I tried to keep up with the run in to the end of Wolverine's 'Killable' arc while Tom kept up with his first tooth coming through, and hence at one point joined me for a Horizon documentary about black holes at 3.30am.

But nevertheless he'll be coming with Caroline and I to the CONvergence convention in Minnesota on Wednesday.  It's his first trip abroad and his first flight, and we have no idea how traumatic it's going to be for any of us.  But still, we'll be surrounded by friends and the atmosphere of the world's best convention.  More about that in a moment, but first a couple of bits of unrelated news.

The mass market paperback of London Falling is due out in the UK on July 4th!  Here's the rather lovely new cover...


It'll retail at £7.99 and is nice and compact for the beach.  The e-book version will correspondingly drop in price at the same moment.

Those of you coming to the San Diego Comic Con who collect CGC Signature Series signed editions may be pleased to hear that I'm going to be signing some comics in that format at the event, with all proceeds going to the Hero Initiative.  You can see all the details here. You can either go along to the Hero booth before the close of play on the Friday of the con, or you can send in your comics to be signed via an address given in the link above.  Others taking part include Brian Michael Bendis, Louise Simonson, Gerry Conway and Dave Lloyd.  It's a very worthy cause, and I'm glad to be part of it.

I'm also very pleased to be a part of a new anthology from Jurassic London, edited by Jared Shurin, The Book of the Dead , which is a collection of stories about mummies.  Mine's called 'Ramesses on the Frontier', and is a very modern story about a Pharaoh on the march.  The book contains tales from Gail Carriger, Will Hill, Maria Dahvana Headley, Lou Morgan and Adam Roberts among others, and is illustrated by UK comicker Garen Ewing.  It'll be out this October, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Egypt Exploration Society. You can read more about it here, and Tor have a nice long piece on the background, including a chat with Jared here.

Finally, I thought I'd share with you my vast and terrifying CONvergence schedule.  It goes like this...

Thursday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: The World of London Falling (Atrium 7). Oh, right, easy, just the one panel... and Caroline is appearing on the Super-Spy Smackdown panel game at 9pm on the Main stage.  But I'll be back in the room watching Tom sleep, unfortunately and hopefully at the same time.

Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:  Gerry Anderson Retrospective (Plaza 2).
           2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  The 'Camp' Factor in British TV and Movies (Edina).
           3:30 pm - 4:30 pm:  SF Squeecast Live! (Atrium 6).
           5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: John Steed and Emma Peel Assemble: The Avengers (Atrium 4).
           7:00 pm - 8:00 pm:  You're Making That Up! (Atrium 6). A terrifyingly inventive panel game involving lying.
           10:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Just a Minute (Bloomington). Well, that again, really.
           11:30 pm -12.30am: Ian Fleming (Plaza 2).  I'm doing a panel... about Ian Fleming... past midnight.  And I'll probably be entirely sober.

Saturday 9:30 am - 10:30 am: Mythic Britain (Plaza 2).
              11:00 am - 12:00 pm:  The Worst of Bond (Atrium 6).
              12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:  Paul Cornell's Advanced Cricket for Americans (Outdoors).
              2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  Powerpoint Karaoke (Atrium 6). Another game show, involving random slides that require commentary.
              5:00 pm - 6:00 pm:  British Jokes and Stereotypes (Edina).
              7:00 pm - 8:00 pm:  Obsessed: The Doctor Who Special (Plaza 2).  That being Joseph Scrimshaw's very funny podcast.
              8:30 pm - 9:30 pm:  London in Fact and Fiction (Atrium 7).

Sunday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:  British vs.: American Urban Fantasy (Atrium 7).
             2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  Autograph Table.
             3:30 pm - 4:30 pm:  One-on-One with Paul Cornell (Sofitel Bordeaux).

And, of course, the opening and closing ceremonies.  I know, I know, I could have turned any of it down, but they're all subjects close to my heart.  That One-on-One will probably involve people asking if I'm okay. I hope to see some of you there.  Until then, Cheerio!


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June 21, 2013

I love my dreams at the height of summer.  I tune in to something during the solstice, and get these really trippy excursions that seem to work something out deep down inside me.  It's like the Nineties all over again.  Tom, on the other hand, isn't liking  the muggy heat at night at all.  We had a couple of friends over last night for a curry, and kept the lights off to enjoy the quality of the illumination from outside.

I have much to tell you.  First up, I popped into Tor's studio to record a joint interview with my old colleague from the Doctor Who New Adventures days, now the bestselling author of the Young Sherlock Holmes series and Lost Worlds, Andy Lane.  Our chat goes all over the place, but cryptozoologists and those who fondly remember the gap between the old Who and the new shouldn't be disappointed.  You can find it all here.

Also on audio, I'm a guest on the latest episode of the Tangential Deviation Podcast , which, as it's name suggests, is a rambling chat about anything that's timed to fit into an exact duration, that being the only limit.  We had a great deal of fun, talking about horror films and radio comedy in particular.

I'm honoured to be part of a truly stellar line-up for the Stripped strand of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. I'm also appearing with Ben Aaronovitch at the main Festival. You can see details of my events here.

The next issue of Wolverine, #5, is out early, on Wednesday 26th in fact, and you can see the first four pages from this arc's artist, Mirco Pierfederici, here.  This is the start of a two-part story, 'Drowning Logan', the end of which will reveal the nature of our mysterious antagonist and change everything about Logan.  Alan Davis is back for #8, and should be with us for all six parts of the 'Killable' arc.  And between those two things is a rather special issue.

Finally, and I've been meaning to blog about this for a while now, I'd like to talk about one of the best things about being a member of the British Science Fiction Association.  If you're an aspiring writer, then joining the BSFA (and only that) gets you access to Orbiters, BSFA-organised small groups of those in the same boat who encourage each other and (most importantly), critique each other's work.  They have short story and now novel sales to their credit, and those involved seem delighted by the standard of support and advice.  To get involved, first use the above link to join the BSFA, then drop a line to organiser Terry Jackman on: terryjackman@mypostoffice.co.uk.  And let me know how you get on.

Right, these pages won't write themselves.  Until next time, Cheerio!

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June 18, 2013

I'm pleased to say that I'm one of the Guests of Honour at Andromeda One, a new one day SF convention in Birmingham with a feminist outlook. The other GoH is the great Jaine Fenn, and there are loads of other guests, including Marie O'Regan and Ian Whates.  I really like the feel of what this lot are trying to do, and the idea of a group ticket (five people get in for the price of four) sounds excellent.  I hope to see you there.

And similarly fun, on November 6th, Dark Horse will be releasing a hardcover collection of the first five issues of Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover's wonderful e-comic Bandette, with an introduction by me!


I love Bandette, and it's an honour to have been asked to talk about it.

Okay, back to the keyboard I go.  Well, actually, at the moment it's back to cooking veg for Tom, but you know what I mean.  Cheerio!
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June 12, 2013

Just popped in to note that I've written a new X-Position blog, answering questions from readers about the Wolverine run so far and where we'll be going in the future.  And there's a reveal of Alan Davis' lovely cover for #9, featuring a rather surprising villain.  Cheerio!
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June 11, 2013

Sorry it's been such a long time since the last post.  I've been looking after Tom a bit more this week, because various job things took Caroline away.  But the list of things to tell you about has now got too long to ignore.

First up, tomorrow is of course new comics day, and Wolverine #4 will be in your comics shops (and in your digital stores from sometime in the afternoon).  You can see the first four pages of lovely Alan Davis art (and our two variant covers this issue, from Salvador Larroca and a 'through the ages' one) here.  This issue marks the end of our first story arc, 'Hunting Season', and leads in to the story in #5 and #6, 'Drowning Logan', which is basically 'Die Hard on a SHIELD helicarrier at the bottom of the ocean'.  Which ends with... a major change to the status quo.

In other news, I'm pleased to say that my story 'The Ghosts of Christmas' will be appearing in editor David Hartwell's Year's Best SF 18 , which is out in December. It's a great honour to have something featured alongside such folk as Gene Wolfe, Elizabeth Bear and Ken Liu.

And my wife Caroline Symcox has an article about the geek/faith experience in the new edition of Apex Magazine.

I must return to the keyboard and the nappies, so until next time I see you, Cheerio!

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May 29, 2013

I'm very pleased to announce that my new Wild Cards story is now online. 'The Elephant in the Room' is the second story featuring my heroine, Abigail Baker, a British drama student in New York, whose super power is that she picks up and takes on other people's super powers like wi-fi.  (The first appeared in the Wild Cards collection Fort Freak.)

The Wild Cards universe is George R.R. Martin's shared world super hero project, a story of Aces and Jokers, those afflicted for good or ill by the release of the Wild Card virus in 1946.  It's been going, the characters aging in real time, since 1987, and has featured stories from such luminaries as Cherie Priest, Pat Cadigan, John J. Miller, Melinda Snodgrass and Roger Zelazny, whose character Croyd Crenson, the Sleeper, is, I'm proud to say, Abigail's love interest.

I do hope you enjoy it.  I put a lot of love into Abigail's adventures, and I've started to really like using her voice.  If Bernice Summerfield commentates in an ironic and domestic manner on science fiction, Abigail does much the same for super heroes.

And while I'm here, just to let you know, my wife Caroline Symcox is appearing at this Saturday's British Science Fiction Association AGM and Mini-Con, on a panel at 10am, with Ben Aaronovitch, Simon Guerrier, Una McCormack and Graham Sleight, on the subject of 'writing for Doctor Who'.  Entry is free (I think), and you get to see the BSFA in action, as well as many other panels.  Well worth going to if you're within range of London.

Until next time, Cheerio!
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May 24, 2013

I'm delighted to be a guest on the latest , hosted by Emma Newman.  We talked  about cricket, China Mieville, and why I never look backwards, among other things.  It's a very fun format, and worth half an hour of your time.  Cheerio!
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May 21, 2013

Tom's a bit ill at the moment, full of phlegm, but at least he's gone back to sleeping through the night, the poor little guy.  We are both also therefore suffering from what should be called Baby Lag, waking and sleeping at mad hours, and trying to work in the gaps.

And part of today's obligations for me is to mention a few things that have slipped past me in the last couple of days.  First up, there's a great new Wild Cards story, this time by Cherie Priest, up at the Tor website, 'The Button Man and the Murder Tree'.  And it's illustrated by John Picacio.  I think my new WC story is probably the next in line.  I'll yell when it appears.

Secondly, the 2013 Hugo Voter Packet has arrived.  It contains DRM-free e-book versions of all five of this year's Hugo Award-nominated novels, all the Graphic Story entries (including the complete first volume of Saucer Country), all the short fiction, all the Related Works (including two Chicks Dig titles) and a whole bunch of fanzines, art, podcast links, etc.  A supporting membership to this year's Worldcon gets you all that, and Hugo voting rights, for just $60.  It's never been a better time to get involved with the Hugos.  Especially since this time I'm hosting them.

Thirdly, a number of friends of mine involved with the forthcoming Queers Dig Time Lords are interviewed on the latest Two Minute Time Lord podcast (it's longer than two minutes!)  It's long past time for this book, and the team are fun to listen to.

And talking of podcasts, Emma Newman has just launched the fabulous Tea and Jeopardy, where an author is interviewed in terrifying circumstances over a cuppa.  The latest episode features Sarah Pinborough and my own scary encounter should appear on Friday.

Oh, and here's the wonderful Alan Davis art for Wolverine #8, the first issue of the 'Killable' arc.  Which features Logan involved in a rather awkward encounter with the Black Panther... and Storm.


I'm now on Tumblr, which is still a work in process, but there are a few nice images already posted.  Do check it out.

At that's that for now.  I may see you when I'm wandering about the MCM Expo this weekend.  Until then, Cheerio!
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May 15, 2013

Those of you who follow my SF stories concerning Jonathan Hamilton (who, in a world where certain historical moments went very differently, works out of uniform for the British government), may be pleased to hear that I have a new novella concerning him soon to be published, entitled 'A Better Way to Die'.

It's in a very prestigious anthology too, Rogues, edited by Gardner Dozois and George R.R. Martin, and I'm in the company of such people as Neil Gaiman, Connie Willis, Cherie Priest and Patrick Rothfuss.  You can see the full table of contents at George's site.  He's not sure yet when the book is due out, but it should be sometime this year.  I'm very flattered to be included.

And for those of you who'd like to catch up, here's where you can find the three previous Hamilton stories:

'Catherine Drewe' (originally published in Fast Forward 2) is available for free online.

'One of our Bastards is Missing' (originally published in The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction #3) can be downloaded as a PDF file.  That one got the series its first Hugo Award nomination.

And 'The Copenhagen Interpretation' (also Hugo nominated, and originally published in the July 2011 issue of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine), can also be PDF downloaded, here.

On the matter of books, Tor UK are currently holding a contest to win a bundle of their books, including London Falling.

And there's a new Bernice Summerfield novel due out, a tie-in with the New Frontiers box set, entitled Filthy Lucre .

I was very disappointed to hear that Demon Knights will be ending with #23.  I thought Robert Venditti was doing a wonderful job, and I'm pleased to hear that he'll be going on to helm Green Lantern.  Much deserved.  I hope one day the DC Universe will see those characters again, and thanks to everyone who's expressed their support to both of us writers on the title.

In other comics news, here's a sample of the Augmented Reality video that plays when you use the Marvel AR app with your paper copy of Wolverine #3. This is me talking about how I've started to identify with Wolverine. (It does sound scary, put like that.)



Here I am being interviewed while at C2E2 on the latest episode of the Comic Book Queers podcast.

SFX Magazine has a poll concerning the greatest super hero of all time, in which they've been kind enough to single out Captain Midlands and a few more of the Captain Britain and MI-13 characters for possible votes.  (You could always use the fill-in box for Faiza!)

And speaking of those characters, Faiza, Dane and Brian show up in the rather wonderful new issue (#15AU) of Avengers Assemble, written by Al Ewing.


And that's it for an update I left far too long.  Hope you enjoy the Hamiltons, and I'll let you know when the new anthology is coming out!  Cheerio!
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May 10, 2013

Okay, this should be one of, or possibly the, last blog posts of interviews and giveaways surrounding the US launch of London Falling.  Going on what they call a 'blog tour' has been a great experience, and having to write so many different pieces about the book really gives one an insight into what one is trying to do with the series.  So, there are now three places with new LF content I haven't mentioned...

My Bookish Ways has a new interview and giveaway of the book to one lucky reader.

LitStack is giving away two copies.

And I've done a post about my inspirations and influences for The Book Smugglers.

Before I go today, I'd like to mention Adventure Rocketship! , an SF magazine in book form, the first issue of which contains fiction from such luminaries as Lavie Tidhar and Liz Williams, non-fiction from such as David Quantick and Rob Williams, and interviews with Michael Moorcock and China Mieville, all on the theme of the intersection between music, SF and the counterculture.  I heartily commend it to you.  Until next time, Cheerio!
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