May 30 sees the publication of Defying Doomsday, a very interesting anthology edited by Holly Kench and Tsana Dolichva and published by Twelfth Planet Press. Here is the blurb: Teens form an all-girl band in the face of an impending comet. A woman faces giant spiders to collect silk and protect her family. New friends… Continue reading Defying Doomsday
Post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction love to imagine dark times. In 2004, Channel 4 in the UK ran a three-part programme on the world’s worst century, which the makers selected as the 14th century, largely due to the Black Death. Ten years on, let’s re-assess. The Black Death must have been horrible, but are there other candidates for… Continue reading Worst (Best) Century to Have Lived In?
The novels I am currently revising for publication include post-apocalyptic science fiction and early medieval fantasy. For me at least, there is a logical connection between these sub-genres. From the European point of view, the early Middle Ages was a time of enormous change after the collapse of the western Roman Empire: new peoples, huge population decline,… Continue reading Post-apocalyptic Science Fiction and Early Medieval Fantasy