Notes from genre author Stephen Palmer

Edgar RIP

My contributor copies arrived this morning…

Tangerine Dream on the way

My book on Tangerine Dream is now in production. Here’s a look at the front cover.

Tangerine Dream book update

Work has been steaming ahead recently on the Tangerine Dream In The 1970s book coming out from SonicBond Publishing. The book has now been completed to my satisfaction and that of Stephen Lambe (head honcho at SonicBond), and a publication date set: 25th November. The book can be pre-ordered now (see links below). I am really pleased with this venture, I think the book gives a different perspective on the music – which was the brief I was given by Stephen Lambe. Many TD expert friends have helped, including my friends Steve Dinsdale and Andy King, both well known in the TD world. I’m particularly pleased to say that Wouter Bessels cast his eye over the MS, corrected a few minor errors and spelling mistakes, and relayed to Stephen that he really liked the book. That means a lot to me!

So… here are the links, and below you can see an image of the front cover.




Our Future Earth by Curt Stager

This book is a look at the future of the world over the next hundred thousand years or so, a concept guaranteed to interest me. Well written, full of insight, and scrupulously fair and accurate when it comes to how science is done, it’s a delight to read from beginning to end. The chapters cover ice, the tropics, rain and snow, and much on planetary orbit and how that affects climate. There’s a chapter on the last 34 million years of the ice age world, and one on the 55 million year old PETM (thermal maximum) including its considerable and worrying relevance to what we’re doing to the planet at the moment. Highly recommended to all those who care about the world now and who are interested in the deep future.

Ice, Mud and Blood by Chris Turney

Subtitled Lessons From Climates Past, this excellent book summarises everything known in 2007 about the lessons we are learning regarding climate change and the mechanisms which bring it.

Turney is both a professional climate scientist and a good author, his chapters concise and clear, his conclusions definite when they need to be or given with caveats where that is more appropriate. Chapters cover the role of carbon dioxide, water vapour and methane in the atmosphere, Snowball Earths, the PETM (massive global heating 55 million years ago), variations in the Earth’s orbit, atmospheric positive feedback mechanisms, ice, icebergs, and much, much more. I particularly liked the emphasis on climate proxies, that is, evidence which implies climate information rather than giving it directly. Turney is diligent in his presentation and use of these indicators – good to read in an author of science. Excellent prose and overall clear-headedness improve the mix even more.

Written with skill and insight, this is a highly readable and enjoyable work. Recommended for non-scientists and scientists alike.

Tamed by Alice Roberts

Great television presenter, not bad author, it turns out. This excellent, compelling, fascinating book takes nine species of animals and plants and describes how they were domesticated. The chapters on maize, horses and apples are particularly good. The chapter on chickens is good because it focuses on the question of genetics, and how the science is helping us to disentangle complex history. The final chapter on human beings is less successful however. But on the basis of the first nine: terrific stuff!

Conjuror Girl to be published

I’m delighted to announce that I have sold my steampunk trilogy Conjuror Girl to Keith Brooke at Infinity Plus. The books will be published under the Infinite Press imprint on Thursday 4 Nov, 18 November and 2 December. The three novels – Monique Orphan, Monica Orvan and Monica Hatherley – follow the story of Monique, later Monica, a young woman residing in a particularly grim orphanage in the Shrobbesbury of 1899. Shrobbesbury is a twisted, gothic version of my home town of Shrewsbury. Monique however is no ordinary girl. She seems to have a power, Reification, that only men should have. Should she deny this gift and stay safe, or should she risk being noticed and captured by the Reifiers’ Guild, whose devious and callous deeds include sinking Paris in the Inundation? Alongside her best friend Lily, also an orphan, Monique has to walk an impossible tightrope, as the net closes around her and she struggles to find out who and what she is…


I’m pleased to announce that I’ve sold my near future SF novel Cybergone to Rick Moore at White Cat Publications. Special thanks to Rick and to Jude Matulich-Hall. Cybergone is a novel of later this century in which an enigmatic illness called Empathy Negation Disorder, found only in China, is laying waste to the Chinese people. This illness has been denied and concealed by the Chinese Communist Party. The novel takes two strands, one of which follows the story of Zhou Qi, whose seven-year-old son has END, but who has insight into the possible causes of the illness because of his tech background. The other strand follows three Anglo-Chinese musicians undertaking a tour of China, dates which, as they progress, reveal far more sinister motives than just entertaining fans. This novel was inspired by my increasing unease at how the online world and social media in particular is altering the brains, and therefore the minds, of children…

The tank man vs the CCP.

FCC Video Event

Here’s where you can watch the recording of the FCCs event which I, Keith Brooke, Liz Williams and Anne Charnock attended on Wednesday.

FCC Author Event Today!

The FCC author event is today. In preparation, here’s an interview with me by the FCCs Jenny Sims, in which I talk about my three stories for the Fictions: Health & Social Care Re-imagined project.