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2019 in Music: Albums #5

I’m not often seriously sick, but when I am I dread the unhinging from reality that is a literal fever dream. My own dreams circle around repeated, unsolvable problems and strange shapes like irridescent geometries of light in the blackness … Continue reading

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2019 in Music: Albums #4

Kate Tempest’s Let Them Eat Chaos was a bombastic, stylish delight. A concept album of vignettes exploring loneliness in all its forms, it powered along on the back of synths, beats and delivery that swerved between hip hop and spoken … Continue reading

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2019 in Music: Albums #3

Artificial Intelligence (or Machine Learning, or Neural Networking, or the precursor to SkyNet) is playing an increasingly large role in almost every aspect of human society. They influence – and in some cases dictate – what we buy, what friends … Continue reading

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2019 in Music: Albums #2

Dyson Stringer Cloher (Self Titled) Liz Stringer, Mia Dyson and Jen Cloher have all achieved moderate-level success in their individual careers, mainly within Australia, although Dyson experienced some success in the US. All are hardened veterans of the Melbourne scene, … Continue reading

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2019 in Music: Albums #1

Because I’ve got nowhere else to put it, and nothing better to do, here are my top 5 albums and tracks from 2019’s releases. I’ve never been an up-to-the moment buyer of music, so this is a top 5 rather … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings… but only if they don’t fit.

When writing there’s always a sense of “let’s see where this takes me”. At the same time, however, there are also lighthouses that we tack towards across the dark and choppy waters of unwritten fiction. In many cases, these are … Continue reading

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Future Proofing your Fictional World

Have recently been re-reading an old favourite, Harry Harrison‘s To the Stars Trilogy. Best known for tongue-in-cheek sci-fi parodies like, The Stainless Steel Rat or (best name ever) Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers, Harrison also did some “harder” sci-fi. … Continue reading

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