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Book Reviewing 101 – You can do it!

Book Reviewing 101 – You can do it! Anyone who has had any contact with an author knows they’re often desperate for reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and basically anywhere reviews can be posted.  Readers are sometimes hesitant to post a review because they feel an expectation to write something lengthy […]

Two weeks – A Photo Review

The last two weeks have been busy ones so here are a few photos to show what I’ve been up to. I attended Conclave 3, the New Zealand National Convention for fans of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror.  I had a great time participating on panel discussions on indie publishing and […]

Random Thoughts: How would magic impact insurance?

Imagine the implications for liability insurance if magic was real… The insurance broker clicks his pen and looks the client over. “Just so you know, we can’t cover you for pre-existing magic so you need to make a declaration. Have you ever been diagnosed with magic?” “No, never,” says the […]

Movie Review: King Arthur The Legend of the Sword

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword   This is a “bait and switch” movie where the switch is not played on any of the characters, but on the viewers.  One might expect from the title and the marketing, that this is an updated version of the Arthurian legend.  It is […]

T P Hogan Interviews Darian Smith

Here I am being interviewed by the wonderful T P Hogan from Australia. It was one of the hottest days of summer and I turned off my fan to preserve sound quality so…see if you can spot the point at which I die of heat-stroke! A big thank you to […]

Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists – 2018

Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists – 2018 The list of finalists for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Awards is out and I’m thrilled to be on it. A huge thank you to the organisers and everyone who nominated me.  Also, congratulations to all the other excellent finalists! Starlight’s Children (the […]

Black Panther and the Case of the Reverse Racism

Black Panther and the Case of the Reverse Racism If you’ve been under a rock and somehow missed it, the movie Black Panther was released recently.  It has made quite a splash on social media and a good portion of this is due to it’s being one of the few […]

Death Becomes Me

So here’s a blast from the past. They say “Write what you know” and the Agents of Kalanon books are essentially murder mysteries so naturally I had to get murdered, right? Fortunately, the world of television came to my rescue so I didn’t have to do it for real! This […]

Last days for Nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards

The nomination period for this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards closes at 8pm on February 2nd. The SJVs are New Zealand’s only awards to recognise excellence in speculative fiction and anyone can make a nomination.  To do so, just follow this link and enter the details requested. The latest of […]

Movie Review – Ghost in the Shell

Movie Review – Ghost in the Shell Full disclosure – I’ve never seen the original Manga source material for this movie so I can’t comment on how closely this movie follows it.  But I’d heard the semi-robocop concept (a woman, near death, has her brain transplanted into an artificial body […]