Happy new year! In this blog: The Richest Man on Mars, Race to Planet Earth, and other updates

January 2, 2014

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Here it is – 2014! In recent years, I’ve made quite a big effort with my New Year’s resolutions. If nothing else, I find that having something to focus on detracts quite a lot from the post-Christmas blues. 2014 is going to continue that trend, with a bunch of challenging resolutions on a variety of […]

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My third space adventure story: “The Richest Man on Mars”

August 31, 2013

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Good news, everybody! After an unexpectedly long gestation period, my third book – The Richest Man on Mars – is almost ready to go. This means that Grandpa and Bradley will (finally!) be resuming their journey through space when the book is released later this year. The title refers to a mysterious billionaire from the dusty red foothills […]

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Tee hee hee: a post-Christmas roundup

January 6, 2013

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Just over a year ago – in an early, self-pitying post called Boo hoo hoo: the post-Christmas blues – I said that it would soon be Christmas again. Clearly I was right, because lo and behold, we’ve just had another one. I can only hope the next one will come around as quickly, because if there’s one […]

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Red Dwarf X: a personal reflection

November 11, 2012

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Given that I’m a) British, b) a lover of space, and c) a great liker of laughing at things, you won’t be surprised to hear that I’m a huge fan of Red Dwarf. For those of you who aren’t part of that demographic, I’d better quickly explain what it is. It’s basically a British sitcom […]

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Saved a bee’s life

August 10, 2012

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Yesterday, I had the very rewarding experience of nursing a poorly bee back to full health. When I came indoors, I found it clinging to the inside of my trouser leg. It was completely motionless, even when I encouraged it to move by blowing on it. I think I stunned the poor thing by power-walking […]

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A miscellany of juicy July updates

July 22, 2012

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I haven’t blogged anything for a while, so here is a quick roundup of all my authorly news. First of all, some updates have been made to the website for my Astronaut’s Apprentice series. You can now see lovely colour mugshots of Bradley and Grandpa, and you can even click through Grandpa’s space journal of […]

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Eating snails and signing books

May 18, 2012

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So lately, I’ve had two lifetime “firsts”. Tonight, I tried snails.  Let me say I was not very impressed.  On one level, as far as starters go, the entrée was pretty delicious.  But it wasn’t delicious because of the snails.  It was delicious because of the hot, garlicky butter that the snails came in. What […]

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