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My parents went through the dictionary looking for a beautiful name, nearly called me Banyan, flicked on a few pages and came to China, which…
‘Kraken’ is a very undisciplined book. That’s a gamble. If it doesn’t come off, it’s disastrous. But there are pleasures, I think, to a meandering…
‘Kraken’ is set in London and has a lot of London riffs, but I think it’s more like slightly dreamlike, slightly abstract London. It’s London…
In the field of fantastic fiction, the question of world-building is not uncontroversial. But I grew up with ‘Dungeons and Dragons,’ so that whole world-building…
I’ll tell you, I’ve never particularly been a ‘Trek’ person. I feel about ‘Trek’ the way one feels about known, vaguely liked, but rather distant…
I think there’s something quite interesting about the almost tragic quality of a lot of overwrought prose, because it has a much more self-conscious awareness…
I think the role of science fiction is not at all to prophesy. I think it is to tell interesting, vivid, strange stories that at…
I do, however, feel reasonably strongly the sense that the job of a piece of argumentative scholarly non-fiction is not the same as the job…
I always felt sorry for the sidekick as a kid. They never got their due and it left a very bad taste in the mouth…
Geeks run the world. Condoleezza Rice is a geek, Bill Gates is clearly a geek, many of the big filmmakers and writers are geeks, lots…
Every book I write, the first thing I have to do is get into the voice, and the voice varies from book to book –…
There’s plenty of stuff that I don’t feel dissident about: I really like tea, I don’t have any problem with that. I like lots of…
Personally I don’t like it when writers become excessively proscriptive about the way that people read their books.
In every book I write, I try to name-check the most prominent influences, or the most prominent conscious influences.
I’m a very friendly socialist.
I’d never been to a science-fiction convention until I became a professional writer.
I’m a science fiction and fantasy geek.
I love monsters.
I love it when people want to interpret my books.
I like the idea of trying to write a book in every genre.
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