Sean Williams

dictionaries i have known

posted on 7 Nov 2006 at 7:06 am
I was talking to someone recently about dictionaries. I can’t remember who. Probably another writer. Who else would get involved in such a conversation? Willingly, I mean. Anyway, the point of the conversation (if not the details) stuck with me

on titles and automated sprinklers

posted on 3 Nov 2006 at 2:36 pm
At the end of this post I’ve listed the names of my current top twelve favourite ambient tracks. Their titles fascinate me. Underworld, by far the most famous of any of these artists, seems to be deliberately drawing attention to itself, or try

me and my parasite

posted on 1 Nov 2006 at 5:02 pm
I loved Terrance Dicks’ novelisation of Dr Who and the Mutants as a kid. Then when I finally got around to seeing the actual episodes (featuring the excellent Geoffrey Palmer), I liked them too. So to celebrate (for no reason at all) courtesy o

do wot?

posted on 31 Oct 2006 at 8:56 am
Ken of Nethspace hurled a wide-ranging series of questions at me over the weekend for an interview on Wotmania, a large on-line community that started as a website devoted to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and has since grown into several

the year in books

posted on 28 Oct 2006 at 11:00 pm
I’ve talked elsewhere about reading, and in particular how my working life has influenced my reading habits. The latter is definitely reflected in this short list of my stand-out books for the last twelve months: Sarah Armstrong, Salt Rain Tega

adelaide low-down (for Cat Sparks)

posted on 25 Oct 2006 at 9:20 am
A friend sent me a link to a neat site where you can input your postcode and see what the people in your area are getting up to. Plugging in “5000” reveals that those in my neighbourhood are spending 105.18 minutes drinking and 61.4 minut

what’s that smell? *

posted on 24 Oct 2006 at 8:15 pm
In 2001, Kirsty Brooks wrote an article for Australian Bookseller & Publisher about speculative fiction in Australia, featuring quotes from Jonathan Strahan, Garth Nix, Cate Patterson and others. It’s now available on her blog and is an in

the tag trade

posted on 23 Oct 2006 at 5:08 am
I’ve spent the last few hours tagging my LJ entries. Silly me; I should’ve been doing that from the start. Anyway, all that fiddling around reminded me of how much fun it was to write the index for the mysterious (yet slightly notorious)

Saturn Returns cover

posted on 19 Oct 2006 at 9:13 am
The cover of my next novel has just been unveiled to the world, and it’s a corker! Stephan Martiniere is a god. I’ve been extraordinarily lucky with covers throughout my career. Even my foreign covers have been fun. Saturn Returns also ha

the view from the edge

posted on 15 Oct 2006 at 12:17 am
On Friday (the 13th), I gave the keynote address at the opening of the Salisbury Writers’ Festival. The text of my speech is accessible via the opinions section of my web site. The topic was “White Hot Passion: Living & Writing on th