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I forgot to add this to the blog in December. So here it is now... @Peculiar was a huge admirer of Ballard and his dystopian work. He and I discussed how prophetic Ballard was with the Drowned World and the Burning World which were published in the 60s. Chris met his literary idol Ballard some years ago and unbelievably Chris said he was tongue tied for once in his life - quite a rare occurance I…
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Christopher Fowler
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If you care to cast your orbs to the far right of this page, to the bit no-one ever looks at (I assume) you'll find the first chapter of my next novel posted (hopefully) for your delectation. Those who care for the futurologist Mr J. G. Ballard may especially enjoy the book, but actually but it's more of a cross-genre (that phrase again!) thriller not aimed at any one group, other than those who'd…
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Christopher Fowler
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It is now six years since Jim Ballard died. In a world with few heroes, he was one of mine. He began writing short stories in 1956, part of SF's 'new wave', in which space ships and intergallactic battles were eschewed in favour of 20th century problems taken to extremes. His work is therefore more relatable and his early years in Shanghai gave even his most English fiction an exotic tropical tone…
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Christopher Fowler
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...four of which are BRAND SPANKING NEW! Your friendly neighbourhood author is about to attempt the impossible, and I don't mean watching an entire episode of 'Gogglebox'. I've been writing up a storm for your delectation, partly because I love challenges and also because I feel that right now I'm doing some of my best work in a while. In an old Tony Hancock show, Kenneth Williams says to Hancock…
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Christopher Fowler
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Every writer, no matter how brilliant she or he is, eventually becomes aware of the flaws in their work. They're usually things we can't do much about because they stem from our personalities, and going against the grain is very difficult. J. G. Ballard and Arthur C. Clarke have often been criticised for not writing more rounded characters, but if they had would it have detracted from their main…
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Christopher Fowler
Finally, a film to get excited about! As usual the summer cinemas will be awash in the amiable biff-bang-codswallop of superhero movies and and talking animal flicks for the attention-challenged, so when I saw this poster my dark heart leapt. Brad Anderson is one of my favourite directors. Let's forgive him the misstep of 'Vanishing On 7th Street' and remember the terrifying 'Session 9', a…
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Christopher Fowler
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It weighed the same as a boiler, and the keys were always getting jammed. Threading a ribbon turned your hands black and red. Tippex and Snopake, scissors and glue were required for the simplest documents. I bloody hated the typewriter. I do not find them remotely romantic. And yet this was the first picture my partner ever bought... And now it has gone. The last company making typewriters is…
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Christopher Fowler
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Actually, I'm also James Joyce and David Foster Wallace, whoever he is. Yes, I succumbed to the 'I Write Like' website that analyses your prose and tell you who you're like in prose style. I Write Like, designed by software developers Coding Robots, lets you paste in a section of your prose and analyses your vocabulary, sentence-length and punctuation. It then compares this to a list of 40 US…
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