Reading through a backlist during the Covid-19 outbreak, I had mixed reactions to these three stories from 1978, 1989 and 1991…

First up was a re-read of “Sigmet Active” by Thomas Page (1978). I had read this around 1982 and it stayed lodged in my imagination ever since — but would it be as good now? The answer was “yes and no”. ‘Sigmet’ is a pilot’s notification of significant meteorological activity. Sigmet conditions make flying veryContinue reading “Reading through a backlist during the Covid-19 outbreak, I had mixed reactions to these three stories from 1978, 1989 and 1991…”

Hacking attempts continue on my old, mothballed website…

Before I finally close my old “russellweb” domain I thought I’d take a look at where the ongoing hacking attempts are coming from. Given that I don’t advertise this old domain (having moved here) and haven’t posted anything new there for months, activity comes from either bots/indexers or hackers… and hacking attempts are very obviousContinue reading “Hacking attempts continue on my old, mothballed website…”

I’m writing again after a nice long break…

I started writing sci-fi short stories around 2009, and by 2017 had self-published two novels and an anthology. That had been enjoyable but hadn’t sold very well, so by 2019 I had decided to switch to writing Thrillers. Having reached the mid-point of a first draft for book 2 in my new ‘Lissa Blackwood’ seriesContinue reading “I’m writing again after a nice long break…”

Book review: “Diving into the Wreck” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

I’ve been reading a lot more fiction since my Covid-19 lockdown began on 13th March. My interests are quite varied but I often return to my first love, science fiction – and I’m pleased to say that this 2013 tale from Kristine Kathryn Rusch did not disappoint! I’ve had a soft spot for stories likeContinue reading “Book review: “Diving into the Wreck” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch”

I was determined to finish reading “The Best of Isaac Asimov” before Christmas…

From my earlier blog on 24/12/19: … and I really enoyed it! I have a huge soft spot for early, post-WW2 SF, and this collection, chosen by Asimov, did not disappoint. The book collects 12 stories from 1939 to 1972 that he considered to be good stories spanning three decades of writing: “… two earlyContinue reading “I was determined to finish reading “The Best of Isaac Asimov” before Christmas…”

I enjoyed re-reading Nigel Kneale’s 1979 novel “Quatermass”.

from my original blog on 12/12/19: I first encountered this story as the TV serial that is advertised on the front cover. To my childhood eyes it seemed quite possible for Britain in the late ’70s and early ’80s to collapse into the anarchic state being shown. Five years of Labour Party governance (Harold WilsonContinue reading “I enjoyed re-reading Nigel Kneale’s 1979 novel “Quatermass”.”

I have just re-read Michael Crichton’s “The Andromeda Strain” (1969) and totally enjoyed it…

from my original blog on 1/12/19:  I first became aware of Michael Crichton’s story “The Andromeda Strain” through the 1971 film starring Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olsen and Kate Reid. Having seen the film, I wanted to read the book, and was not disappopinted with it! I’ve just read it again about thirty yearsContinue reading “I have just re-read Michael Crichton’s “The Andromeda Strain” (1969) and totally enjoyed it…”