Richard K. Morgan's Blog
November 14, 2016
As if being mobbed with affection and accolades at Eurocon last week wasn’t enough, my ego received another unhealthy boost when the nice people at The Institute of Art and Ideas asked me to provide a link to this video of me being a malcontent smartarse. (Not to mention a Far Cry – Primal fan.) Apparently it’s been very popular……..Please Feel Free to Share:
August 10, 2016
A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James
Bought as a gift to my wife – who was a big fan of James’ The Book of Night Women – then snaffled from her when I had to go away on a trip, this ends up being one of my favourite books of recent years. The first handful of pages stake out the territory in no uncertain terms – brutal, lyrical, fantastical and utterly fresh. Oddly enough, my first point of comparison was the Australian thriller Two Hands, because it has the same juxtaposition...
April 5, 2016
If there’s one enduring and consistent criticism of my work that stands above all others, it is the complaint that I write gratuitous sex scenes. (A long way behind that comes the occasional whinge about gratuitous violence too, but really, it’s the sex that seems to be upsetting people).
My response to this over the last decade and a half as a published author has been complicated and evolutionary in nature. Right back at the beginning, so near as I can now recall, I think I felt a tiny bi...
April 4, 2016
Brief apologies to those of you who picked up last week’s post on Gratuitousness in Fiction. Due to some weird glitch – in me, not the site software – what you glimpsed there was a very messy Work in Progress that shouldn’t have seen the light of day for another week or so. (For those of you who made it through the whole thing, I’m guessing the chopped up paragraphs and sentence stumps left lying randomly around towards the end probably gave the game away.) Anyway, rest assured the whole t...
February 20, 2016
Given the quicksand nature of Twitter, thought I’d better post something here as well. Ahem –
On Saturday March 5th – nail that date in your diaries – I will be speaking at the 2016 Durham Sci-Fi and Fantasy lit-Fest. Wanting a book signed? Anything you’ve always wanted to ask me? Bitter complaint to make about the ending of The Dark Defiles? Now’s your chance!
See you there!Please Feel Free to Share:
January 22, 2016
So yes – as a commenter on the previous post observed, I’m running a little behind the curve here. The news is out: Netflix have picked up Altered Carbon for a ten episode series, and you’ll have heard it anywhere but here. What can I say? Took me – the announcement, that is – as much by surprise as anyone else. But anyway, in an attempt to forestall a flood of queries and keep you all approximately up to date, here is a predictive FAQ, in which I attempt to guess what people coming to th...
January 11, 2016
Happy New Year!
Okay, it’s not a Read and Recommended, I know. In fact, New Year’s Resolution for 2016 is to post Read and Recommended Lists more often (and, more importantly, to make time to actually read enough books to feed that promise). I have the makings of a halfway decent list gathered and will deliver on it shortly. In the meantime, here’s something a little different – a list of songs that have made me want to write the story they seem to tell. In some cases, the tale is laid ou...
September 30, 2015
Didn’t think they grew guys like you anymore.
Yeah? Then you’re dumber than you look.
What, you think after Jacobsen, everybody just settled down and agreed to play nice? One mild-mannered, balding Swedish genentech specialist writes a report for the UN, wags his finger sternly around the room, and suddenly it’s over? All over the world, government agencies and super-funded corporate partners see the error of their ways, cast down their tools and weep? Shit-poor women don’t go on selling the...
July 20, 2015
So, here’s a bit of ancient history – couple of years ago, a charming ex-cage fighter (no, really, he is) called Marc Aplin asked me to contribute an article to an anthology his website, Fantasy Faction, were putting out. Having met Marc previously and been charmed, I was happy to oblige. So I fired up my current set of gripes about the genre, banged out a rant, sanded it down to something a little less raw, a little more considered, and sent it right over.
The Fantasy Faction Anthology dul...
May 12, 2015
A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by one Sara Martin Alegre, a senior lecturer at the Universitat Autonoma in Barcelona, asking me if I’d mind answering a couple of questions about my novel Black Man (or Thirteen as it continues to be known in the US) for an academic paper she was preparing. Black Man remains the book I’m proudest to have written, and with the upcoming Thin Air being set in the Black Man universe, Marsalis and his world have been much in my mind lately, so I ended up ra...