Category: Books

As the name suggests, this is where you’ll find everything I’ve written about books, publishing, authors, book stores and more. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to some renowned novelists and thinkers including Joe Hill, Jared Diamond, David Brin, Naomi Wolf, Kim Stanley Robinson and Matthew Reilly.

But it’s also been a way of exploring some big ideas facing technology, society and the economy, whether it’s the lack of contact from interstellar civilisations, the role of pornography not just in technology but human communication overall or how graphic design is changing in the web age.

I’ve also turned the spotlight back on the book industry itself, looking at everything from the challenge of keeping boys interested in reading to the latest innovations in distribution to fiction sales’ dirty little secret about the genre that keeps it afloat.

Lullaby

A teenage boy named Rene sits with his identical twin brother Theo in hospital, the latter in a coma he likely won’t awaken from. Rene is taken away and interviewed by psychologist Maggie to determine his emotional suitability for a procedure that’s hinted at but not explained until the big reveal. … Continue readingLullaby

Vitamania

Vitamania is a level headed but urgent look at the marketing, industry, science and disinformation surrounding one of the most common and least understood words in nutrition. … Continue readingVitamania

Great Monster Mash

“In a way everything I’ve done is an homage to Michael Crichton,” he says. “Dinosaurs were real and Crichton was brilliant recreating them with DNA. What I’ve done is taken a mythological creature and had even more fun with it. I knew there’d be comparisons but I’m confident my story is completely different.” … Continue readingGreat Monster Mash

Survival of the Nicest

some writers have recently begun to wonder if Dawkins’ appraisal of evolution is too simplistic. Sex At Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Calcida Jetha in 2010 claimed the human pair bond instinct is a construct of agriculture and private property, suggesting that our ancestors lived in a time of resource and sexual plenty … Continue readingSurvival of the Nicest

Mona

Mona is one of the best ideas to come out of fiction in quite awhile, and Swedish author Dan Sehlberg shows a much more nuanced knowledge of computers and cyberwarfare than a run-of-the-mill thriller author just throwing a cool buzzword around. … Continue readingMona