Media

Want To Hear Something Dark?

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Then come on ‘Down’ to Podcastle.org, the US audio website where you’ll hear one of my creepier stories for free, rated R, hosted by Dave Thompson. It’s always interesting to hear what other people do with my stories, so here’s Paul Jenkins reading a tale of a journey down into the London Underground… Honor Oak […]

Letter From Europe: Brits Abroad

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Today’s London Times features an outraged article about Barcelona fighting back against drunken British tourists who are ruining a neighbourhood with their anti-social behaviour. They singled out a trio of naked holidaymakers who ran through a supermarket. According to the report by the Times’ stringer (in Madrid) 200 residents took to the streets in protest this […]

Come The Digital Revolution

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There was once a TV show, younger readers, called ‘Tomorrow’s World’, which showed what might be waiting for us around the corner. Except that for all its breathless excitement, it usually managed to emphasise the wrong things. The quiet, boring stuff to do with pipes and lenses was what really revolutionised the world, not lenticular […]

Best & Worst New Apps

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The best new app I’ve discovered in ages is still in its infancy, but everyone I’ve shown it to wants it. WordLens is free. You hold your phone over anything from a menu to a road sign and it’s instantly translated into your language on-screen, like something out of Star Trek. At the moment there […]

20 E-Books Before The End Of The Year

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Well, that’s the plan anyway. I’ve had a lot of requests to put my other works online as digital copies. It’s a big project but it now looks like there will be 20 books in all, and I hope to be able to set them at very reasonable prices. I hate collecting stories from authors […]

One To Relish?

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It now seems that the fixed-line telephone – an object which appeared late in my life (we didn’t have one until I was 17) may turn out to have been a relative flash in the pan after all. My mother bought a Trimphone, one of those phones which was so lightweight that it flew off […]

The Arts & The Internet

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I’ve long thought that true creativity is not just about originality; it’s about making connections that others don’t notice. When we were kids it was hard to draw these invisible lines between people and places, objects and ideas. Very rarely someone sprang out of nowhere, fully formed – Mozart, Dickens, Van Gogh – but most […]

Let’s Get Digital

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When I meet readers who won’t touch digital books I usually say ‘It’s not an Either/Or thing – you’ll still love physical books just as much.’ But not all electronic devices are created equal. The Kindle dominates because it’s cheap and easy to use and offers the widest range of books, although I’ve never worked out […]

That’s Twentertainment!

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Demographically speaking, childhood now ends at around the age of nine. The transference of what were once called children’s shows into teen dramas is complete. The BBC has long wanted to ditch that peculiar band of little people’s entertainment, and with good reason. Every few years there’s a demographic shuffle, and the closure of ‘children’s […]

When An Adaptation Adds Something New

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I recently saw two theatrical adaptations of books that were also made into films. The first, ‘Let The Right One In’, added nothing at all to the original – if anything, it reduced the ambiguities to one simple reading. The other added immensely to its former incarnations. The latter was the Headlong production of ’1984′, […]