A Guide to Writing Sherlockian-Tea Habits.
In which EnigmaticPenguin (of death) schools fanfiction authors in correct English tea theory and practice. Follow up: Biscuits.
The Guardian has a new series
of webchats with various people in the publishing industry starting with literary agent Karolina Sutton
. Also various writers are asked: Can you teach creative writing?
For quite some time, I’d wanted to make a screwball comedy. A fast-talking, wildly acclerating ensemble comedy that gets stupider and stupider. I never imagined it would be about a war, and inspired by a very recent war at that. But Simon, Jesse, Tony and I all felt that the more we found out about the dysfunction in Washington and the naivety in London leading up to the Iraq invasion, the more obvious it was that the only way to deal accurately and fairly with this topic was as a screwball comedy.
- The Oscar nominated script for In The Loop
, with an introduction by writer Armando Iannucci.
The 21 Scariest Doctor Who Moments Ever
, according to SFX magazine. Waters of Mars
, which aired in the UK this weekend and airs in the US on December 20th, may add to that list. Meanwhile, in other formats, Michael Moorcock
is writing a Doctor Who novel
The Russell T. Davis papers
– As he prepares to leave the role of Doctor Who show runner (previously)
he’s releasing a book of email exchanges with Doctor Who Magazine
writer Benjamin Cook about his time on the longstanding British SF series, revealing the younger face of Who he’s like to see
, and plans for a Doctor Who/Harry Potter crossover
which never materialized.
As of 2010 Steven Moffat will be replacing Russell T. Davies
as lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who
. In 2005 Davies revived the series
, which had been dormant (bar the odd US co-production or audiodrama
) since 1989, for BBC Wales
. It won awards and was successful enough to spawn the spin-offs Sarah Jane Adventures
and the popular-in-America Torchwood
. He is replaced by Moffat
, one of the regular writers on the show, whose highly acclaimed episodes
have won a number of awards
. "I applied before but I got knocked back 'cos the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven. Anyway, I'm glad the BBC has finally seen the light and it's a huge honour to be following Russell into the best - and the toughest - job in television. I say toughest 'cos Russell's at my window right now, pointing and laughing."
Edinburgh author Iain M. Banks
, creator of the post capitalist space faring society The Culture
and it's oddly named ships
, has long been the UKs top science fiction writer, but has never had more than a toehold in the US
(in part through lack of availability, in part due to lack of promotion and in part due to some pretty awful covers
. That could change: Matter
, his latest, has been heavily promoted in the US and sports a cover nearly identical to the UK edition. This week Orbit
are releasing US editions of the two earliest Culture novels, with the third following in July, which could mean a complete release of all the novels in the US in order. [more inside]
Norman Mailer has posthumously won
this year's Literary Review Bad Sex Award
for his novel on the early life of Hitler, The Castle in the Forest. He was up against some stiff competition
but Norman managed to rise to the occasion (sorry). Safe for work, but you might feel a bit dirty in the morning.