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Fnools at Large

It’s about time I told someone about that fictional magazine dedicated to fictional science fiction stories written by fictional creatures, or maybe the stories are actually the creatures, or maybe there’s just one creature who’s been writing this for some years now, and he, too, is sort of fictional.
Let us see, then, what that magazine has to say for, or maybe about, itself:
This online magazine is dedicated to Fnools, which are the speculative fiction stories of the Fnools. While it is quite known that we are still at war with the Fnools, that state of affairs should be no reason for us to disregard their rich culture, their fine arts and their exceptional Fnools. It is therefore our task to bring to our readers fresh Fnools every Fnool-week, along with commentary by, whenever possible, humans.
Click!

Fnools at Large

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Of Cyclops and Waterfowl

Cyclop

How do you call a duck that’s also a cyclop? A man who’s also a cyclop is simply called “cyclop”, meaning “round-eyed”, which applies to men (or women!) as well as to ducks, thus making this duck no less of a cyclop than the original article. In addition, there’s a chance that this thing is not a duck at all, but rather, considering the sack under its beak, some sort of pelican. So, can a pelican be a cyclop as well? Logically – yes. Mythologically – not so sure.
Life is so complicated.

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The Tel Aviv Borderlands

The Tel Aviv Dossier – first edition! – as sighted on a shelf at the excellent Borderlands Books store in San Francisco.
Now it’s signed by one of the authors as well.

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My Art Online

It seems that all them cows, camels and creatures from out of space found themselves a new home on the internet. Now then can be purchased on shirts, pillows and, strangely, iPhone covers. So there:

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The Tel Aviv Dossier – new Ebook edition

The Tel Aviv Dossier, the weird apocalypse novel I wrote with Lavie Tidhar, is now available in a new Kindle edition. The spiffy new cover art is bySarah Anne Langton. You can get it on Amazon or Amazon UK.


Into the city of Tel Aviv the whirlwinds come, and nothing will ever be the same.

Through a city torn apart by a violence they cannot comprehend, three disparate people—a documentary film-maker, a yeshiva student, and a psychotic fireman—must try to survive, and try to find meaning: even if it means being lost themselves. As Tel Aviv is consumed, a strange mountain rises at the heart of the city, and shows the outline of what may be another, alien world beyond. Can there be redemption there? Can the fevered rumours of a coming messiah be true?

As the city loses contact with the outside world and closes in on itself, as the few surviving children play and scavenge in the ruins, can innocence survive, and is it possible for hope to spring amid such chaos?

A potent mixture of biblical allusions, Lovecraftian echoes, and contemporary culture, The Tel Aviv Dossier is part supernatural thriller, part meditation on the nature of belief—an original and involving novel painted on a vast canvas in which, beneath the despair, humour is never absent.

Experience the last days of Tel Aviv…

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Adventure Rocketship

Adventure Rocketship! is a new magazine in book form. The first issue is dedicated to music in science fiction, and features stories by Lavie Tidhar, Liz Williams, Martin Millar, Tim Maughan and yours truly.

There’s a launching on Thursday, 16 May, at 6pm, Forbidden Planet Megastore, London.

The magazine can be purchased here.

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OverTime

This week we finished shooting my new short film, MicroTime – a slapstick comedy with a time machine. It was great fun – see for yourselves!

 

 

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His Master’s Voice

An audio interview with your (almost) humble servant, right there at the Skiffy and Fanty Show. I mean, right here.

Discussed: Murders in SF Conventions, Religion is Bad for Your Soul and Digestion, Tinkering with Time Machines, Other Stuff Which I Forget.

Enjoy!

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Learning to Draw

Armed with nothing but a pencil, a piece of paper and a very strict teacher, I charged head first into the murky depths of the world of art. Or that, at least, is how I choose to tell it.
Here’s the alternate version:

Learning to Draw

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Our Friends: The Machines

This was supposed to be a simple, 30 seconds promotional video for my new book. Well, it turned out to be not so simple, and about three times as long (a whole 90 seconds! Almost a feature film!), and so much fun to make that one could explode, if one hasn’t exploded already after eating way too much, et cetera et cetera. In any case, here it is. With robots!

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