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Ready Player

This week saw the release of the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and next week sees the fifth anniversary of the publication of MetaWars. Full disclosure, I’ve not read RPO as I didn’t want to be unduly influenced by Cline’s work as I was still writing books 3 […]

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Why Comic Con Matters

Every year, thousands of comics fans gather in San Diego to celebrate the sub-culture (turned pop-culture) of comics. And I’m using “comics” in the American, graphic novel sense of the word, not the more childish comic strip way that’s used in Britain by The Beano. People fly from all around the world to attend the […]

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Hay Fever

I played my first Hay Festival this week! If you don’t know, Hay is like the Glastonbury for books…or the ComicCon for literature. It’s a huge festival in a tiny town. The organizers (who must be super organised) set up a tent city in a ¬†field, complete with bookshops, bars, restaurants, a swishy green-room, and […]

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