On the flight of bats | Does Writing Style Matter When It Comes To Fantasy? by MD Lachlan

How does a bat move? I had an interesting discussion with one famous fantasy writer recently when I said no decent writer should describe a bat as ‘flitting’. ‘Why?’ he said. ‘Bats do flit.’ Yup, they do and, were I sitting in a pub garden watching a bat fly overhead I might think ‘There flits a bat’. However, when we come to writing, more is required. Anyone can say a bat flits. A writer has to be more inventive. So I set my mind to it – and came up with this, which pleased me greatly. ‘A bat, bouncing on…

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Guest blog: Adam Whitehead on films of 2014

Today we have a guest blog post from Adam Whitehead, who blogs over on The Wertzone on all things SF and fantasy. You can follow Adam on Twitter and be sure to check his blog out for more on SF and fantasy films and culture. Films in 2014 In the cinema 2014 looks set to be another year dominated by remakes, sequels and spin-offs. Good, original science fictions films are thin on the ground but there is one out at the end of the year that looks fascinating. Interstellar is Christopher Nolan’s first film set in space and his first proper…

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A word from John Meaney

Happy Publication day to John Meaney and the final book in the Ragnarok trilogy, Resonance. John has written about creating the world and writing the trilogy for us below.  Imagine you’re an ant. What does your world look like? Feel like? Taste like? What do you make of the vibrations caused by those bipedal giants as they go about their unknowable business? More… You are a hive creature. Among your kind, in your nest-city, you inhabit a semiotic richness of chemicals, of molecular messages whose meanings blaze in your awareness. At times they dominate your perceptions, to the exclusion of…

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