Thursday, January 27, 2011

DRM

Digital Rights Management has been much in my mind lately, particluarly after the launch of the booki.sh site and this and other posts scattered around the internet. It really boils down to ownership and the increasing move away from ownership when it comes to ebooks to 'licensing' or, worse still, now 'access'. It means you buy a thing but you never own it, and that stinks. It goes way beyond copyright law, and if you don't believe me, read Cory Doctorow on the topic.

I think it's time for everyone to get sensible and rethink the whole DRM thing. Ownership and the rights of the consumer are being increasingly eroded, based on the assumption that consumers are all evil rip-off merchants. We're not.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Covered

While we're talking about excellent Science Fiction, over at coeur de lion publishing, we've just revealed the first image mock up cover for the upcoming anthology Anywhere But Earth that I'm currently editing.

It has a nice retro feel and, I think, nails that sense of wonder we're trying to get at for the collection.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wow!

Sara Creasy is an old friend and colleague of mine from the Aurealis Magazine days, and an awesome editor and writer. It only seems like 8 years ago we were sitting around, talking about the novels we were going to write (and yes, I was talking about the Kresh even then). But Sara obviously had more sticktoitness in those intervening years, because that novel she was dreaming of - Song of Scarabaeus - was published in the US by Eos in April last year. And a very good novel it was too, full of kick ass SF action, excellent world building (literally!) and solid characterisation. (Don't believe me? Read my review.) So it's particularly gladdening to hear that Sara's writing has been recognised elsewhere with a shortlisting on none other than the Philip K Dick award for 2010. I feel very chuffed for Sara and kind of tingly/ sparkly that I had a little bit of contact with that novel when it was in its formative stages. Go Sara!

Monday, January 17, 2011

A gift

Surfacing from a dream on Sunday morning with an image of what Jeldon and Rhys might find hidden on the Kresh homeworld could say two things about me. Firstly, I have no life. And/ or secondly, that old subconscious has been working away as usual and thought it would throw me a gift for the weekend. I'll choose 'Box B', thanks.

This literally came out of the nowhere that is somewhere. I can't say too much about it because it's quite a big spoiler about the plot, but not only has it suddenly made my protagonists' journey that much more interesting, it also has repercussions for book three (if it ever sees the light of day) and says a lot about just how callous the Hegemony's operations have become.

In any event, it's all going down in writing over the next couple of weeks while I chart the journey across Jeldon's homeworld :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Opportunity

A two week gap in the novel while I enjoyed the holidays, but instead of getting a bit rusty writing-wise, it gave me a chance to reflect on the latest action and what's coming up. That meant a slight rewrite of a scene where Jeldon is confronted by non-excised Kresh. I'd realised that he wasn't active enough in that scene and needed to do more and it feels better now.

Now I'm closing in on what I think will be the second last section of the story, where Jeldon and Rhys go to the Kresh homeworld to discover the hidden Kresh rebels and organise a counter-attack on the occupying Hegemony forces. I've been kind of dreading this section as it was only ever inferred in the short stories I wrote about the same events and I only just decided that Rhys should accompany Jeldon as I was working through the previous section so it felt like a big blank canvas: off-putting and, well, empty! But the break has given me some perspective now and I'm starting to get excited about the possibilities. Firstly it's a chance for Rhys and Jeldon to really get to know each other and for us to see their interactions. Secondly they're going into occupied territory on the Kresh homeworld. Jeldon had a taste of life under the Hegemony before he escaped, but just how much worse have things gotten in the intervening time? I feel I really want to show what's happened there. Also the pairing of human and Kresh in a setting where together or individually they will be in danger from Hegemony, rebel Kresh and/ or traitor Kresh makes me think there must be heaps of possibilities for jeopardy and action. Now I just need to work out what all of that will be and write it. Simple!