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Interview with Chris Beckett

The Arthur C Clarke award winning novel Dark Eden has just been released in the USA (published by those good fellows at Crown Publishing) and to celebrate the launch of such an excellent novel the author agreed to let me ask him a few questions:

Ant: Dark Eden manages to create a true sense of an alien world, not least with the inclusion of Geothermal "lantern" Trees. Where did you get inspiration for such an alien world?

Chris: Eden is a sort of inverted world. Here on the surface of the Earth natural objects do not, generally speaking, give off light, but are illuminated by light from the sky. On Eden, the sky is always dark because there is no sun, but trees, plants and even some animals give off light of their own. As I’ve said before, I am fairly certain that I got the original idea for this (which I first used in a story published…

Posted by Antony on Apr 14, 2014

Interview with Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson's Blog Tour

To celebrate the launch of Words of Radiance - the much anticipated second novel in the Stormlight Archive series, SFBook got chance to ask Brandon a few questions as part of his UK Blog Tour.

Ant: Where did you get the idea of a world ravaged by fierce storms?

Brandon: The original seed of an idea was the storm of Jupiter, this massive persistent storm. Of course, that’s a gas giant. The physics are very different. But I remember one day staring at a picture of Jupiter and thinking about a storm that circled the world that was massively powerful. That was one of those seeds that stuck in my brain. This sort of thing happened over months and years until that seed grew and developed and mixed with other things I was thinking of, and the result was Roshar.

Ant:The…

Posted by Antony on Mar 19, 2014

Collaborating With Myself by Paul McAuley

Collaborating With Myself by Paul McAuley

The Confluence series by Paul McAuley is vastly under-rated and deserves to be enjoyed by many more readers. The good folks over at Gollancz are thankfully providing a second chance of enjoying this powerful series. The author has re-edited the series into one glorious volume and to celebrate the launch of the Confluence novel we have been lucky enough to feature an article by the author himself:

I'm not one of those writers who can produce a detailed plan of a novel and then fill it out, chapter by chapter. I usually know the beginning and the end of a novel before I begin, and a few places along the way that contain crucial turns of plot, but it's mostly a process of discovery. I know where I'm going but I don't know how I'm going to get there until I set out; as I learn more about my characters, they refuse many of the clever bits of plotting…

Posted by Antony on Feb 20, 2014

Further evidence we are all just a Hologram

Further evidence we are all just a Hologram

Back in January 2009 we reported that German scientists had stumbled upon a strange problem that suggests that the univere is a holographic projection - a crazy theory I admit. Forward to October 2010 and physicist Craig Hogan has been busy building a holographic interferometer, or "Holometer" (which sounds like it came straight out of Star Trek) to test this theory and attempt to find hard evidence (The Holometer is still under construction at Fermilab in the USA at present) of our holo-existance.

Fast forward again to December 2013 and further independant evidence from other Physicists has come to light that re-enforces the theory that we may all in fact be holograms projected from a external source.

In…

Posted by Antony on Jan 20, 2014

The Émigré Saga Serialisation - Part 6

The Émigré Saga Serialisation - Part 6

The Emigre Saga is a slightly tongue-in-cheek fantasy written by TS Koomar that follows the (mis)adventures of the larger than life pawnbroker Morley as he attempts a daring heist from the Royal Academy Library in order to pay of his fearsome loan sharks.

SFBook is proud to be serialising the novel over the next few months, this time it's Part 6, you can read the previous chapters first if you missed out on Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5

I: In Which our Esteemed…
Posted by Antony on Jan 06, 2014

SFBook Book of the year 2013

This last 12 months have seen some outstanding pieces of literature released, some of them from well established authors such as Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Paul McAuley, Christopher Priest and Adam Roberts (to name a few) but with many surprises from new voices such as Peter Higgins, Andrew Buckley, Al Ewing, Jay Posey and Stella Gemmell (again to name but a few).

On the awards front it's been an interesting year. Both the Hugo and Locus award for best novel was won by John Scalzi's parody Redshirts, the Nebula by Kim Stanley Robinson for 2312 while Adam Roberts took home both the BSFA and John W Campbell award for Jack Glass. The World Fantasy award went to the quite special novel Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson and the Philip K Dick to a dystopian novel called Lost Everything by Brian Francis Slattery.

I was very glad to see Chris Beckett pick up the Arthur C Clarke…

Posted by Antony on Dec 22, 2013

The Émigré Saga Serialisation - Part 5

The Émigré Saga Serialisation - Part 5

The Emigre Saga is a slightly tongue-in-cheek fantasy written by TS Koomar that follows the (mis)adventures of the larger than life pawnbroker Morley as he attempts a daring heist from the Royal Academy Library in order to pay of his fearsome loan sharks.

SFBook is proud to be serialising the novel over the next few months, this time it's Part 5, you can read the previous chapters first if you missed out on Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4

I: In Which Plans are Made

“Now, take them away,” Veeda dropped her satchel in a chair.

She…

Posted by Antony on Dec 14, 2013

Behind the Sofa - An Excerpt

Behind the Sofa - An Excerpt

To co-incide with the publication of Steve Berry's Behind the Sofa and the 50th Anniversary of the worlds longest running science fiction show - Doctor Who, we are lucky enough to have an excerpt - written by none other than funnyman Paul Whitehouse.

Behind the Sofa is published by Gollancz (you can see the details here) and all royalties from the sale of the book are being donated to the charity Alzheimers Research UK.

We've also written a review of the book Behind the Sofa suffice to say I'd urge anyone to get a copy, a more worthy cause would be hard to find.

Posted by Antony on Nov 22, 2013

The Night of the Doctor

The Night of the Doctor, a fitting death for an under-rated Doctor and a stroke of genius to bring back Paul McGann.

As the hype ramps up for the 50th Anniversary special episode this is one part of the proceedings that are well and truly justified.

Posted by Antony on Nov 15, 2013

The Émigré Saga Serialisation - Part 4

The Émigré Saga Serialisation - Part 4

The Émigré Saga is a slightly tongue-in-cheek fantasy written by TS Koomar that follows the (mis)adventures of the larger than life pawnbroker Morley as he attempts a daring heist from the Royal Academy Library in order to pay of his fearsome loan sharks.

SFBook is proud to be serialising the novel over the next few months, this time it's Part 4, you can read the previous chapters first if you missed out on Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

I: In Which the Gonif is Coerced

Spiro was correct when he supposed Finn would be loath to continue our friendship. Upon delivering the cure for his poison, we received specific…

Posted by Antony on Nov 04, 2013