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June 7th, 2013
02:07 am

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The House on Cobb Street
who said Horror was dead, really impressive Haunted House story.

http://nightmare-magazine.com/fiction/the-house-on-cobb-street/

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01:58 am

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Books: Do you get the gist of that?
Great to see the Return of Michael Marshall Smith. Books: Do you get the gist of that?

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01:57 am

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Comics: James’ trip to the 2D comic fest
Comics: James’ trip to the 2D comic fest

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May 7th, 2013
03:55 pm

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Books: The Clarke Award, a report by our wandering man of letters, James Bacon
Books: The Clarke Award, a report by our wandering man of letters, James Bacon

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January 7th, 2011
11:17 am

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Charl3y, Johnny, Bootneck, Iron Annie, Nightingale, Eazy, Hellman, Falken,
The Comics & Conflicts Conference. Speakers and guests will include: Pat Mills (Charley’s War); Martin Barker and Roger Sabin on Doonesbury; Garth Ennis (Troubled Souls, War Story); Jacques Tardi (It Was The War Of The Trenches) and Jean-Pierre Verney (Putain de Guerre).

Where: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ
When: 19 to 20 August, 2011 

http://www.comicafestival.com/index.php/events/detail/conference_comics_conflict/

Looks pretty incredible... 
Talk about conflicted. 

And it's part of a week long Literary festival... Jesus


The Comics & Conflicts Conference will form part of a literary festival being held from 13-21 August 2011, which accompanies the Imperial War Museum’s new exhibition Once Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children. For more information about the exhibition and the festival visit the Imperial War Museum web site.

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December 23rd, 2010
02:22 am

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I wrote some fiction... The Battle of the Bulge; A Retrospective.
Well, I sort of wrote it. Hacked it out, maybe.

It's an original piece, but very derivitive, of the super hero and
military world. It's clichéd but not too thick.

Steve Silver asked me to write a piece of journalism, reporting on
something from a science fictional work.
I thought that the David Brin piece about Captain America Vs Thor
would be good, but remembered, that
although it was a great story, it was not how I would see them comming togther.

Although this is fan fiction I fear. (am I doomed I wonder)
I hope its more Alternative History, with Super Heroes added.

Anyhow, its here in argentus on Page 34 entitled The Battle of the
Bulge; A Retrospective.

http://efanzines.com/Argentus/Ag10.pdf

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December 14th, 2010
02:27 pm

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Just Bought a Fanzine....
Emerald Isle is a 28 page A4 fanzine comic of 2000AD characters in Irealnd, produced by David McDonald.
The likes of JUdge Joyce appear and creaters include Johnny McMonagle, Richmond Clements and Mike Carroll, who I think are god sorts.

More information here: http://hiberniabook.blogspot.com/

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October 19th, 2010
06:32 pm

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9pm tonight
Bit of a Wells night on bbc4 tonight.
Mark GATISS and Rory Kineer are in The First Men in the moon.

Documentey after on Wells.

Thank goodness for BBC iplayer.

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October 17th, 2010
09:21 pm

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Octocon - bollixed
I am tired now.
It's been a terrific weekend in Dublin at Octocon and it's been exhaustive.
Have not laughed as much in a while.

Padraig was great craic - despite being under the weather - he took everything in great spirit.

Seeing old friends like paddy, Peter mccanney, Martin, Stephen Malone, pearto and rod is always good. But Jesus as I write I realise there are so many people here.

Seeing Mick and Rory and catriona and rob Curley and the committee are ace.

New awesome people like trash, kit, catie, Claire and just so much laughter. Ok. I did hang out in the bold corner with the ruffians - but they know their SF - really well - know comics and it was fucking brilliant.

Weird comedy last night. - jokes were extreme! I dunno what it is - but a great atmosphere.

Oops just been told off

J

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September 8th, 2010
01:10 am

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Tings I talked about at a Worldcon - City and the City
And Lo,

a conversation about the best novel Catagory occured, amongst conrunners, and it was good, but as I could have predicted, it came to the City and the City to really make the conversation happen.

Again, I find that my perception of this book is at odds with other; here for your benefit is a bit of my opinon, to my review in a special Clarke issue of teh Drink Tank 248 (Full review and two other opinions here - http://efanzines.com/DrinkTank/DrinkTank248.pdf)

I really liked this book, it was quick, neatly
written, had a nice main character, and an incredibly
brilliant idea, which is the concept of 2 cities occupying
the same geographical space yet not actually, due to
some mystery the answer to which remains infuriatingly
illusive.
Each city is totally distinct, their own history,
society, race, language and some sort of metaphysical
separation that means they are on separate planes -
separate worlds perhaps but both there and not there,
to outsiders.
Well, that was my perception. Initially I felt it
was two parallel Earths apparent in one city, where one,
was slipping in through a failing of some parallel universe
system. Yet as the book progresses I found that these
cities actually have distinct sovereign authorities within
our known world, two countries, approachable by the
same routes but different services, and sometimes the
barrier between the cities is weak. One can Pass from
one city to the other through illegal and legal means.
I loved the two Alternative histories of these
invented cities...
What makes this book SF of course, is a
bigger question, the use of an invented setting, that
then puts pressure on the characters has been
the bread and butter of SF for decades, but the
setting has been science fictional, be it space with
with their opinion or detailed and explained
explanation of vision. I still would have liked it.
I am still fascinated and interested in the
construction of these cities, what allows them to be
in the same place but on two planes, and how these
planes then break down or weaken at points of cross
hatch or shared spaces. I want a map of the place. I
want answers...
Is Breach really Orciny!Can there be two places
in one? Is all fiction Fantasy? Is this Science Fiction?

Of Course, finding oneself at odds again, in the perception of this novel, with all around me is something I am getting used to, but luckily, I think Mike Moorcock read the same version, I did, as we reprinted in this Drink Tankl about the Hugo's - entitled The Spaces in between,
I am grateful and lucky that I found someone with a similar perception, who is eminant
(rebiew in here, with 2 others, including Peter Westons one)

http://efanzines.com/DrinkTank/DrinkTank252.pdf

I just love this book.

I had 3 conversations about this book over the weekend,

although the best conversation was with Teenagers, about Alternate History, Ned Kellys rising against the brits, the view of socialism, future work prospects and books I didnt know.

Must read Kraken, heard a chapter and sounded awesome.

J

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