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  • Steampunk
  • May20th

    On Friday 18th May I was lucky enough to be part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival ‘Writer Overnighter’ at the Powerhouse Museum, and what fun it was. I’d never been to the Powerhouse before – a sad gap in my vast store of museum love – so I was nearly as excited as the fifty or so young people who came along for a night of Steam power!food, activities, talks, demonstrations and exploration, with the bonus of being able to choose their own special place to sleep in a museum. The whole museum was alive with magnificent steam power, with so much whirring, rocking, rotating, hissing and clanking that it was a Steampunk writer’s dream come true.

    So much fun was packed into our time there, from steam-driven balloons to excited ping pong balls to steam-driven ice cream makers. When my turn came, I was able to explain why history is so useful to a Fantasy writer before going on to demonstrate how Steampunk is such a sublime blending of history and imagination. After that, of course, we all got down to write and I was staggered at the creative outpourings from everyone there. In a short time, we had imagined enough explorers, scientists, engineers and spies to populate a thousand Steampunk stories, and all of them had elaborate Steampunk vehicles, ranging from submarines to pogo sticks. I don’t care how well reinforced that old turbine room was, I think we were only a handful of ideas away from blowing the roof off. Read More | Comments

  • May15th


    I’ll be at Supanova Sydney 15 – 17  June. Drop in to the author table and have a chat!


  • May10th

    Recently I was asked into Radio National to chat about my books in general and Steampunk in particular. Download available here.

  • May9th

    I’ve been asked to be part of a fun ‘Night at the Museum’ experience at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum next week. It’s a chance for young readers to sleep overnight in a real, proper museum place, as well as enjoying a range of sensational activities. I’ll be running writing workshops, as well as just running around wide-eyed at all the exciting exhibits. I’m keenly looking forward to the steam displays, which are a great love of mine.

    Plenty of places left, but bookings are essential. More info here.


  • April25th

    I’ve had a hectic – but rewarding – time lately. It’s been Supanova season and I was chuffed to be asked to be part of the program in Melbourne and the Gold Coast. I visited Supanova last year and I loved the mad whirl of creativity and playfulness that was on display. This year was the same, but more so, particularly as I was able to get a glimpse of the vast enterprise that lies behind the scenes.

    It’s the crowd of excited visitors that make a show like Supanova what it is. They make the days a riotous panoply of wonder with their ingenious and dazzling costuming skills. Sitting on the author signing stand with people like Richard Harland, Brandon Sanderson, Kylie Chan, Keri Arthur, Trent Jamieson, Alison Croggon, Bevan McGuiness, Marc McBride and Ian Irvine, I was able to take in the passing parade of glory. Read More | Comments

  • February21st

    Steamscape is Steamscape a steampunk exhibition, part of the cultural program of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. It’s running from 3 March to 25 March, with a free special launch evening on 2 March. I’m part of the program, delivering an Illustrated History of Steampunk. All welcome!





  • February3rd

    steampunk cards

    Just arrived on my doorstep – Steampunk Playing Cards from Theory 11. Magnificent!







  • December6th

    Here’s a Christmas gift for you: a Laws of Magic 2012 Calendar, suitable for desktop backgrounds.

    LoM calendar 2012

  • November4th

    Yes, I really do.


  • October24th

    Extinction Gambit

    This could be the ultimate ‘Extinction Gambit’ teaser: my advance copy, nestled in my steely grip.