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…and a quick response from David to all the Gaza talk going on in the comments from Blood On The Rooftops.

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Gabe, I’m sorry. It was totally remiss of me not to comment on Hamas, and to assume that you (out there on the web) should know what I think of terrorism. Living in London in the seventies and eighties, I grew up in a society that feared going out socially – visiting city centre pubs, for instance – because we were likely to be blown to bits by IRA bombs.  All we learned from that was that terrorism achieves nothing.

Put simply, I have no time for Hamas. However, what I think or feel about Hamas does not stop young Arab men from joining the ‘cause’.  Quite the opposite, in fact. What Israel are doing in Gaza is making it easier for Hamas to recruit more and yet willing young men. Martyrs to the cause. Just as the IRA did during the Troubles.

A hard line is not what is called for here. Like Kaneda, I really do think that a policy of restraint would achieve far more for Israel. It would get the western world on its side, for a start. But things will never change if current policies are maintained. They will just escalate, year by year. Added to which, the provocative measure of taking over Palestinian land and building new settlements really, really does not help.

Reading through Kaneda’s comments, I cannot but agree with him. I’m sorry, Gabe, but I think Netanyahu’s got it wrong. That said, it’s no excuse for some of the anti-semitic behaviour that has broken out. A bit of reasoned thought is what we need, and a lot more understanding… of both sides of this argument.

That’s it for now.

David  22 August 2014

6 Comments, Written on August 22nd, 2014 , Goodies

As promised, David’s sent along an update from Worldcon. Sounds like a blast — wish I could’ve been there. Full text after the break.

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Of Worldcons And Other Matters

Okay, I did promise to blog during the World Science Fiction Convention, but sheer exhaustion kept me from the task. Travelling across London in packed trains – Highbury to Stratford (with a ten minute wait), to Canning Town, to Prince Regent and back – ain’t no fun, and after a day spent wandering about the gigantic aircraft hangar that’s the ExCel centre, I had little energy for anything when I got back here. Mike (Cobley) was staying with us for the duration, and he can vouch for how tiring it all was. Oh, and if you haven’t read Mike’s books then do. It’s big screen space opera of an intelligent and humane kind. The Humanity’s Fire trilogy.

So. What can I say? I both enjoyed and didn’t enjoy it – it all depended on what time of day it was, what was happening about me, and lots of other factors. I didn’t watch as many panels as I planned, but I did meet a lot of old writer friends, and even got to shake hands with George R R Martin. Of which more later. Read the rest of this entry »

Leave A Comment, Written on August 22nd, 2014 , Goodies, News

It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from David, but he’s just checked in with this piece about the situation in Gaza, plus some news about appearances and the next book in the Roads to Moscow series. Thanks to David for sending this along; full text appears after the break.

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Blood On The Rooftops

It’s a rainy Sunday morning in North London, and on TV they’re discussing the Gaza situation in the usual kind of ‘tolerant’ fashion we have in this country, with both sides trying desperately hard to see and acknowledge the other’s point of view. Only on topics like Gaza it’s pretty hard to keep a dispassionate, tolerant opinion. Right now, Gaza itself seems like some absurd and horrible (and inhumane) mix of concentration camp and shooting gallery. I can’t remember where it appeared, but one woman wrote in to one of the major papers to argue that if we (us Brits) had reacted in the same way that Israel has, during our “Troubles” (back in the seventies), then we’d have been bombing council estates in Belfast and having our snipers pick off anyone they fancied, man, woman or child, on the pretext that they’d been acting as human shields for the IRA. Read the rest of this entry »

15 Comments, Written on August 11th, 2014 , Goodies, News

Thanks to David for sending along this tidbit! Full text after the break.

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Blog – Barcelona and Back

 

Okay, so the World Cup is finally here, and, after last night’s 5-1 thrashing of Spain by Holland, I’m well and truly hooked. I’m not really an Eng-er-land fan, and you won’t catch me in an England shirt (though you will, regularly, find me in an Arsenal strip). No. What gets me is the sheer range of talent on display, and I do tend to support those teams (like Germany) who have several Arsenal players in their line ups. I’m hoping that over the next four weeks there’ll be more games like last night’s spectacular… the world champions being beaten 5-1! Astonishing. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Comments, Written on June 15th, 2014 , Goodies

Just came across this looking for reviews. If you haven’t seen heard this yet, check it out. It’s about 45 minutes long and definitely worth a listen.

BFKbooks: David Wingrove 2014 on ‘The Empire of Time: Roads to Moscow’

Also, if you dig the interview, throw a few bones to Vicky and the team at  BFKautism/BFKautism, who do good work for adults with autism in addition to providing great content like this.

Leave A Comment, Written on May 30th, 2014 , Uncategorized

I had so wanted to write a detailed review of Book 1 of Roads to Moscow: The Empire of Time, but with family members in the hospital, craziness at work, etc., etc., it just hasn’t happened. So, here’s the abbreviated version:

It’s awesome. Go read it. The Empire of Time has the beautiful prose that we’ve come to expect of Wingrove, but with a story so unique and different from Chung Kuo that it’s refreshing and new. If you’re looking for Chung Kuo with Time Travel in Russia, you’re not going to find it. If you’re looking for a fresh take on the time travel trope with the epic scale and action-packed drama that is reminiscent of Chung Kuo, you’ll love EoT, and you’ll be left eagerly awaiting the rest of the trilogy.

If that’s not quite enough for you, here are the couple reviews floating around the internet from people who have way more free time than me (or do this for a living). If anyone finds other reviews, let me know and I’ll append them to this post.

From SFX:
4/5 “It’s immense fun for anyone who likes their SF writ really large…”

From Tor:
“In The Empire of Time, David Wingrove demonstrates once again the impeccable sense of setting that made even the more mundane moments of Chung Kuo remarkable [...] The Empire of Time could be the beginning of something brilliant.”

1 Comment, Written on May 30th, 2014 , Roads to Moscow

David’s sent a long a brief update piece. Full text after the break. Enjoy!

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A Quiet Week

The chaos that is Easter is fast receding, the relatives have gone home, and Sue and I are back to work – she on her Corrie scripts (which have a lot of rewriting to do), me on completing the first draft of ROADS TO MOSCOW, Book Three.

Before the shut-down happened, I was struggling with the final section – 3 scenes – of Part Thirteen, “Pretzel Logic”. And by struggling, I really mean struggling. What was emerging onto the page was certainly not up to my usual standard, nor was it properly focused in terms of story.

In fact, I might as well have hired a chimpanzee for a week. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Comments, Written on April 22nd, 2014 , Goodies, News, Roads to Moscow

David’s just sent this along. Some good news, plus personal responses to a few of your recent comments. Full text after the break.

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Amidst the Chaos Of Time…

 

Publication day has come and gone. This week the London Book Fair dominates all of our publishing ventures, and I’ve been promised by Ebury that ROADS TO MOSCOW will be given a big push at the Fair, to try and find a foreign home for the trilogy, and, all important, a North American publisher.

But before going into all of that… Read the rest of this entry »

11 Comments, Written on April 9th, 2014 , News, Roads to Moscow

Big thanks to commenter Antonio for reporting that an except from The Empire of Time is available on Del Rey UK’s site. Go check it out!

Leave A Comment, Written on April 4th, 2014 , News, Roads to Moscow

David, after a somewhat long period of silence, has reappeared with some news and updates. Full text below the break. Big thanks to him for sending!

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Coming Up For Air…

I know… I’ve been silent, very silent indeed. And you might be forgiven for wondering what the **** I’ve been up to. The answer is that I’ve been fully immersed, fifty fathoms deep, in writing the third and last of the ROADS TO MOSCOW books – THE MASTER OF TIME. What previously only existed as notes and a long synopsis is now a partially completed manuscript of 55,000 words, with another 3,000 or so words being added every day. Roughly about a third of the way through this final volume. The plan is to get it finished by the end of June and then to give it a final fine polish. Read the rest of this entry »

20 Comments, Written on March 27th, 2014 , News, Roads to Moscow

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