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Bronze Age Pocket Junk

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

I’ve incorporated this blog post into a new page on Pocket Junk.


Friday, March 18th, 2011

When I took this picture of buildings all jostling for space with each other on a Liverpool street I was going to just post it as a throw away picture post. However this was one of the views, with its variety of buildings from different eras, that inspired my render Accretion City. So I thought […]

Leave out the (Steampunk) Kitchen Sink

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Daneofwar asked a question on Twitter in the middle of Sherlock on Sunday night… Why are fantasy ideas of settings based on the 19th century always so unoriginal? Steampunk blah blah blah goggles blah blah blah. I didn’t have time for a long answer then (too busy watching Sherlock) but I think Brian has touched […]


Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Prompted by a discussion on the SFSFW’s mailing list about alternate history I’ve added a page for a revised version of my STEEPVM series of blog posts today.

NitS: Another 1K+ Words Bite the Dust

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Yeh! another thousand words of Night in the Sidhe bit the dust yesterday as I found a way from the bit of dialogue to the climactic fight sequence. I then immediately found I didn’t have a good idea for the fight but didn’t let that stop me so I just pushed on past it and […]

How much Data?

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Pyramid has an article about how much information can be stored in a book. You need so be a subscriber to read it. As a spin off they’ve made a calculator to work out how many ox carts it would take to carry around the data stored on computers, CDs and DVDs if it was […]

Getting all Medieval with Spreadsheets

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

While hunting through my books to pick out my Thursday Thirteen #4 I came across a rather dull title called Medieval Regions and their Cities I picked up really cheap in the Blackwell book shop at Liverpool University. I picked it up in a sale of second hand books it says 50p in pencil inside. […]


Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Well last week was the last part of the STEEPVM articles so here’s an index of all the parts STEEPVM Introduction STEEPVM Adding the Unknown STEEPVM Timeframes STEEPVM Social, Technology and Economics STEEPVM Ecology, Politics, Values and Mystical STEEPVM Tips STEEPVM Worksheet STEEPVM Example


Thursday, February 1st, 2007

So here is a worked example of using the STEEPVM method for developing alternate and future histories. Not a great deal of mystical in this one but hopefully it shows how the technique can be used. STEEPVM Example

STEEPVM Example Postponed

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Having looked at the example I was going to use I’ve decided I want to put something new together so my apologies to anyone reading this expecting the final part tonight. Hopefully it will be ready for next Wednesday.

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