Tag: Science fiction

Review: Nick Lake’s realistic YA science fiction SATELLITE

Review: Nick Lake’s realistic YA science fiction SATELLITE

[ 0 ] October 20, 2017 |

I was not going to bypass a story pitched as THE MARTIAN for teens, and SATELLITE fills its brief fabulously: you won’t be disappointed if you come looking for realistic space-exploration science. But this book delivered lots, lots more…so much that I’m planning to read it again. SATELLITE follows 15-year-old Leo Freeman, one of the […]

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How I got my agent and what nearly stopped me

How I got my agent and what nearly stopped me

[ 32 ] December 30, 2015 |

I’ve vacillated about whether to record this journey, as it may be the most personal thing I’ve written yet, but all things considered, I think it’s best to capture the story of how I signed with a literary agent, and the fear that almost stopped me.

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Your manuscript: build the world and let it go

Your manuscript: build the world and let it go

[ 5 ] July 16, 2015 |

I’m girding my loins for something many of my SCBWI friends already know well: the ordeal of submitting a finished manuscript to childrens’ literary agents. I’ve been here before, including with an early draft of the not-bad-but-could-be-more-sparkly science fiction novel I’m about to do the rounds with again. That experience last autumn was an eye-opener […]

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Remember the space age?

Remember the space age?

[ 0 ] January 31, 2013 |

Yes, I have a soft spot for all things retro NASA. This startling vintage footage, the Apollo 16 lunar rover “Grand Prix,” is another reason I write science fiction for 9 to 11’s.

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