• Octocon 2010

    Octocon 2010

    This weekend I’ll be a guest at the 2010 Octocon convention in the Camden Court Hotel, Dublin. The Guest of Honour is George R.R. Martin, best known as the author of the A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels. The first novel in the series, Game of Thrones, is currently being filmed in Northern Ireland as a HBO mini-series. Its tone has been described as ‘Sopranos with Swords’, and since HBO rarely does anything badly, this could be the fantasy television series of a generation. Here’s the teaser trailer that HBO has released: It’s a considerable coup for an Irish convention to have such an established author as a…

  • Easter in Bronte Country

    This is a quick blog post as I’ll be busy during the coming two weeks. I’m off to the city of Bradford in Leeds, UK on Thursday. It’s not a city I ever thought I’d visit, but for this coming long weekend it will be the home of the 60th British National Science Fiction Convention Eastercon LX. I had a splendid time at last year’s Eastercon so I’m looking forward to spending time with friends and fellow sf fans. Here’s my schedule: The author and their work Sat 10:00 Can you still enjoy books by an author whose views you disagree with? Is this harder to manage in the age…

  • a Dublin weekend

    I’m travelling to Dublin today. I’ll be interviewing Kim Newman on the subject of “Writing Horror” for members of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild later in the evening. I’ve been prepping for it this week, but since Kim is an authority on the genre I expect I’ll only have to nudge him with the occasional question. There’s been strong interest in the talk, and I expect the room will be full. Yet, I haven’t forgotten it’s Thursday, so here’s my weekly piece of fiction in under 140 characters: We nibbled crumbs of data first – a byte filled us – then chomped and gobbled mega. Now, we swallow banquets…