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The real species behind the Matrix

The real species behind the Matrix

A.I. got all the credit for coming up with a way to use humanity for electricity and heat, but the real species behind the idea of farming humanity for food and heat was much more familiar.

Ancestry again

Ancestry again

My intermittent interest in unearthing my likely infamous family history resurfaced again recently, leading to a cache of 1950s job ads from my father and the debunking of a family myth about Peruvian ancestry.

Mainstream, much to my surprise…

Mainstream, much to my surprise…

Evidence suggests that by comparison to my urban fantasy, my science-fiction series may be mainstream. No one is likely to be more surprised than I…

You’re a writer? Grow up

You’re a writer? Grow up

I’m a writer. The other day, I met someone who told me they used to be a writer until they realised it was time to grow up. It seemed very sad to me that someone would let their dreams be dictated by someone else.

Cortii series – now as a box set

Cortii series – now as a box set

The Cortii series box set – if you’d been considering dipping an expendable appendage into the world of the Cortii, here’s your chance to get all of the first four books in the series for the price of two.

Character interview: Khyria Ilan

Character interview: Khyria Ilan

Character interview with Khyria Ilan on Central Worlds and the side-effects of getting the attention of influential people, particularly the do Harek family.

Etymology Excavation: chasten, chastise

Etymology Excavation: chasten, chastise

These days, the word ‘chastise’ is generally seen as a little kinky. Ironically, the origin of chastise is from the Latin ‘castus’, ‘morally pure, chaste’.

Egging on Easter traditions

Egging on Easter traditions

Easter. Key festival in the Christian calendar, and also largely based on a variety of pagan traditions. I’ll be egging on Easter with a few of them. (And no, I have no shame when it comes to puns.)

New job, new me?

New job, new me?

New job, new me? Yeah, you’re right, that last part seems like a bit of a stretch. However, the new job part is accurate.

Unaltered and writing Irin

Unaltered and writing Irin

Unaltered is a novella in the Cortii universe, written from the point of view of Irin Seviki as he’s forcibly drawn into genetic purity politics and Central Worlds.

Phantosmia and marine diesel

Phantosmia and marine diesel

Phantosmia is when you smell things that aren’t there – nasal hallucinations, if you like. It’s a symptom of anything from stress to a brain tumour.

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