I’m a Nineworlds panelist!

I can confirm that I will be speaking on not one, but TWO apocalyptic panels at Nineworlds Geekfest in London. Nineworlds geekfest is a fan convention dedicated to inclusivity and accessibility, and I have been wanting to go since it started up, so this is a great thing for me to be doing. On the saturday I will be talking about apocalyptic survival plans, and on the sunday I will be talking about disability in the post-apocalypse. Both subjects are of a great interest to me, and I look forward to discussing them with my other panelists and our audience.... Read more

E3 Bethesda showcase did NOT answer the most important Fallout 4 questions.

Sure, the showcase told us a lot. Fallout 4 is in a lot of ways a completely different game from 3 and NV. The wasteland is wide and varied, the crafting has been completely overhauled to create a hopefully satisfying and robust experience, and I personally will have a chance to build my own post-apocalyptic settlement, which is basically all I’ve ever wanted to do since I was a small child. Also, you get a super-cool pipboy – yes AN ACTUAL PIPBOY – if you preorder the special edition of Fallout4. Oh, and Fallout 4 comes out nine days before... Read more

A slightly unhinged letter to Bethesda, regarding Fallout 4

Here are some random thoughts, theories, desires and wishes relating to Fallout 4, in no particular order. OK, we get a dog right? The video shows a dog. If I don’t actually get a dog in game I will be sad. Do we actually get to visit that house in the announcement video? It looks like it had some loot in it. I like loot. OK, so, like, that flying ship. Do we get to fly it? Or is it cut scene set dressing or something? I want to fly it, or at least loot it. Related to the dog,... Read more

FALLOUT 4! War, War never changes.

So, it’s time. No more hoaxing, no more lying, just this video. Fallout 4 has been officially announced for next gen consoles and PC. We’ve been waiting for this for what seems like forever (7 years since Fallout 3, about 4 or 5 since New Vegas), and now we have actual confirmation from Bethesda. My rule of ‘Don’t trust ANYTHING til you see it on Bethesda’s official sites’ paid off. Now, we know very little about Fallout 4 from this time, but here’s what your writer has guessed from the video. Fallout 4 is set in Boston, as fans previously... Read more

Book review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Title: The Walled City Author: Ryan Graudin Publisher: Little, Brown Genre: YA Release Date: November4, 2014 I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley. Blurb: There are three rules in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife. Right now, my life depends completely on the first. Run, run, run. Jin, Mei Yee, and Dai all live in the Walled City, a lawless labyrinth run by crime lords and overrun by street gangs. Teens there traffic drugs or work in brothels–or, like Jin, hide under the radar. But when Dai offers Jin a... Read more

Book review: Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach

Title: Heaven’s Queen Author: Rachel Bach Publisher: Orbit Genre: SF Available now Blurb: From the moment she took a job on Captain Caldswell’s doomed ship, Devi Morris’ life has been one disaster after another: government conspiracies, two alien races out for her blood, an incurable virus that’s eating her alive. Now, with the captain missing and everyone — even her own government — determined to hunt her down, things are going from bad to impossible. The sensible plan would be to hide and wait for things to blow over, but Devi’s never been one to shy from a fight, and she’s... Read more

Book thoughts: The Shadow Master by Craig Cormick

The Shadow Master Author: Craig Cormick Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Angry Robot Available now Note: this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley Blurb: Description In a land riven with plague, inside the infamous Walled City, two families vie for control: the Medicis with their genius inventor Leonardo; the Lorraines with Galileo, the most brilliant alchemist of his generation. And when two star-crossed lovers, one from either house, threaten the status quo, a third, shadowy power – one that forever seems a step ahead of all of the familial warring – plots and schemes, and bides its time, ready for... Read more

Book review: Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica

Child of a Hidden Sea Author: A.M. Dellamonica Genre: SF/F Publisher: Tor Available now Note: this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley Blurb: One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles. The world is Stormwrack, a series of island nations with a variety of cultures and economies—and... Read more

The Worst place for a Post-Apocalyptic Home

Post-apocalypse you’re going to need somewhere to live. You’ll want somewhere fairly secure, with access to land where you can grow food, and a lot of space for your growing community. But what you don’t want is one of these death traps.   Here are the worst places to try and build your new post-apocalyptic home.   Read more

Why you should be listening to Miracle of Sound

Miracle of Sound is the brainchild of Gavin Dunne. Dunne writes songs about games. It sounds simple, and maybe a bit silly, but Gavin Dunne has the enviable ability to capture the emotional feel of a video game in his music while never outright borrowing the games music. And yes, this counts as apocalyptic, because Miracle of Sound has done music for some of the best post-apocalyptic video games that there are. This includes The Best of Us, a song for Naughty Dog‘s The Last of Us. The Best of Us is a slow-building, sad song that captures the bleakness... Read more

You CAN survive

You are the descendant of millions of survivors. In your genes, a resistance to plague and disease. You have a great deal of untapped potential. You can learn to set a fire. It’s not that hard. You can learn how to find food in the wild. They sell books. Read more

Review: The Girl with All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

Everyone and their mother is reading The Girl With All The Gifts, and that is how it should be. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite. But they don’t laugh. Melanie is a very special girl.   It’s hard to review this without spoiling the various reveals. A smart reader will figure things out fairly early on in the book,... Read more