#Writing is Bad for You?

#Writing is Bad for You?

Writing is Bad for You? By Geoff Nelder I gave a talk on Releasing Your Inner Writer to an appreciative audience of 60 retirees in Ruthin, Wales, making up their branch of U3A: the University of the Third Age. Simple, right? Not when I did the research. The two...
New Realms has my #Clockwork story

New Realms has my #Clockwork story

Earlier this year on holiday in Albufeira, Portugal I read Kim Stanley Robinson’s historical fantasy novel, Galileo’s Dream. It’s my mother’s fault. Not only did she join me to the Children’s Science Fiction Book Club when I was four but she was an unquenchable reader...
#Review The Girl With All The Gifts

#Review The Girl With All The Gifts

The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey (2014) My Science Fiction book group discussed The Girl With All The Gifts by M Carey yesterday. Although we all had issues with gaping plot holes and cliched characters we ALL enjoyed it. That’s the first book we liked...

Montygavus – plants & fiction

This is a Montygavus. Sounds as if it could be right, right? Not. My dad gave me a piece of root 30 years ago because I liked the flowering metre-high plant in his Cheltenham garden and I wanted it in my Chester hedge. Except it died, but not until a neighbour...

The Lure of Bridges

The lure of bridges Geoff Nelder Whether it is a subject for art, films, books or poetry sooner or later we are drawn over or under a bridge. They are the subject of international competitions because they link territory and by metaphor, people with their cultural...
#Galileo’s Dream – a review

#Galileo’s Dream – a review

Galileo’s Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson Published in 2009 by Random House Publishing Reviewed by Geoff Nelder With galloping old age I’ve taken more interest in novels featuring characters who are similarly ancient. Hence my interest in Julian Barnes many works, most...