Welcome to the BlogPosted by Read Raw Ltd Sat, May 14, 2011 16:18:31
Ian's son, Alex, was born 18 years ago today, after a long and difficult birth which inspired him to write a poem called "Grey Baby", which appeared in "New Writing Scotland", and now appears in the "Vaults" section at Ian's website here:
with explanatory notes in his blog, here:
Welcome to the BlogPosted by Read Raw Ltd Mon, May 09, 2011 23:29:55
Ian is a member of the Glasgow Science Fiction Writers Circle and has just posted a mega post about what's happening with some of the members:
Welcome to the BlogPosted by Read Raw Ltd Fri, May 06, 2011 08:30:17
Ian reviews movies for VideoVista - http://www.videovista.net/ and the new issue has just been posted with his reviews of "Tekken", based on the computer game and anime series; "Psych Series 3", the comedy/crime series about a brilliant detective who pretends to by psychic; and "Woochi The Demon Slayer", a fantastic Korean martial arts/magic movie. There are also reviews from other writers, including Ian's fellow Glasgow Science Fiction Writers Circle member (and "Interzone" book's editor) Jim Steel, and also Ian Sales who is editing a new book for Mutation Press called "Rocket Science" which will feature realistic, hard science stories about what space travel is really like, see here for more details http://www.mutationpress.com/rocketscience.html
Welcome to the BlogPosted by Read Raw Ltd Wed, April 27, 2011 19:57:44
As the week rolls on, I've been posting blasts from the past on my website - old work inspired by the Royal Family that appeared in places like "Nasty Piece of Work". Last night was "Di-lluminations", the night before was "The Queen Mother's Brain is 100". Tomorrow it will probably be "A Year in the Life of the Queen Mother's Hip Joint" which appeared in "Deliberately Thirsty", but tonight it's "Prince Harry for King":
Welcome to the BlogPosted by Read Raw Ltd Tue, April 26, 2011 12:06:58
No, I'm not going, but in the past I have been inspired by the Royal Family, so all this week, I will be posting blasts from the past at my website, starting with "The Queen Mother's Brain is 100" a poem which was published in "Suspended in the Dreamtime" and the late, lamented "Nasty Piece of Work".
You can find the "brain" here:
The next offering, posted tonight will be "Di-lluminations".
Welcome to the BlogPosted by Read Raw Ltd Sun, April 17, 2011 22:00:11
Ian's reviews of "The Rivers of London" by Ben Aaronvitch, "The Horns of Ruin" by Tim Akers, "The Technician" by Neal Asher, "For the Win" by Cory Doctorow, "Daemons are Forever" and "The Spy Who Haunted Me" by Simon Green, "Vampire Empire: Book One: The Greyfriar" by Clay and Susan Griffith, "Dead and Gone" and "Dead Until Dark" by Charlaine Harris, "The Infernal Game: Ghost Dance" by Rebecca Levene, "The Dervish House" by Ian McDonald, and "Kraken" by China Mieville, among others, if you root around the huge list of titles at:
Welcome to the BlogPosted by Read Raw Ltd Wed, April 13, 2011 11:18:08
No, not me, sadly, but I review books for "Interzone" - the UK's leading science fiction and fantasy magazine that's been going decades, but is now run by TTA Press, who also publish "Black Static", arguably the world's best horror magazine. They also publish "Crimewave" magazine and small novels and short story collections that are worth getting hold of by Paul Meloy ("Islington Crocodiles"), Andrew Humphrey ("Alison"), and Gary McMahon ("The Harm") .
Check them out here: http://ttapress.com/
You can also sign up for their very lively forum while you are at it.
Just through the letter box to review is a proof copy "Songs of the Earth" by Elspeth Cooper: http://www.elspethcooper.com/
The last two books I've read for "Interzone" have been really great - "Vampire Empire 1: The Greyfriar" (featuring among other things the Vampire Prince of Scotland), and "After the Golden Age", so hopefully this will be three out of three, or I'll be asking for my money back - wait a minute, I didn't pay for it!
Welcome to the BlogPosted by Read Raw Ltd Thu, April 07, 2011 17:04:05
Ian's reviews of the remake of "And Soon the Darkness" and "Someone's Knocking at the Door" have just appeared in the latest issue of VideoVista, along with other reviews by fellow Glasgow SF Writers Circle member Jim Steel, and writers Ian Sales and Gary McMahon, among others. Gary manages to give one film - "Exorcismus" - a whole 0 out of 10, so it must have been good/bad/really, really awful.