The Deleted Scene from The Girl with All the Gifts

The Deleted Scene from The Girl with All the Gifts

Back when I finished the first draft of The Girl With All the Gifts and was about to submit it to my publisher, Orbit, there was an additional chapter nailed on the end. My wife Lin, who is my beta test reader of first resort, read that draft and pointed out that the final chapter sort of retroactively took away a lot of the punch and impetus of the ending. I re-read the MS and came to the same conclusion, so the novel as submitted ended just...

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Four Days in Poland

Four Days in Poland

I just got back from Poland last night, having spent four very full days there on a signing tour. Well, I thought it was a signing tour, but actually it turned out to be something slightly else. My Polish publishers, MAG and Egmont, invited me over both to attend PolCon (Poland’s science fiction convention) and to talk to Polish media about my writing. So it was only at PolCon, on the Saturday, that I did any actual signing: the rest of the...

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The Iron Dream

The Iron Dream

More fiction based in fictional universes. In The Iron Dream, Norman Spinrad indulges in a thought experiment. What if Adolf Hitler had never gotten into politics? What if he’d never joined the German Workers’ Party and re-invented it as the National Socialists? Maybe he’d have drifted into some other career. God knows, judging from the few Hitler canvases that are still extant, he’d never have hacked it as a fine artist. Spinrad imagines...

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Venus On the Half-Shell

Venus On the Half-Shell

A lot of what we’re doing in The Unwritten is exploring the relationship between fiction and reality – and the ways in which the one can influence the other. But just recently I’ve been looking at fictions that are at two removes from reality instead of one – in other words, fictions written by fictional characters, or by real characters within a fictional universe. The two that I’ve actually been reading this week are Venus On the Half-Shell...

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Steve Bell on Torture

Steve Bell on Torture

Today’s editorial cartoon in the Guardian (concerning allegations about the outsourcing of torture by British secret service officials)… More information to be...

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