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Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / Sci-Fi Max - free ezine
« on: May 29, 2014, 07:28:39 AM »
The new issue of free e-zine Sci-Fi Max, is now online.

A lot of great work goes into this, featuring artwork, short stories, comic strips, interviews, etc. There's a two-page feature on my science fiction inspired music in this issue too!

http://issuu.com/scifimax/docs/scifi_max__00

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Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Novacon
« on: May 14, 2014, 07:26:17 PM »
Does anybody here go to Novacon?

Held in Nottingham, in November, it's the UK's longest established SF convention: http://novacon.org.uk

It is primarily science fiction, but from a more literary and often scientific slant. it's a great event with great guests - and a very comfortable size.

I'll be exhibiting my artwork there this year - for the third year in a row.

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Fantasy Art / Fan Art / Website revamp
« on: April 17, 2014, 07:04:03 PM »
Hi everyone...

I have recently re-designed my website and added three new digital paintings - come and have a look!

The gallery pages are now divided into science fiction, fantasy, environments and cartoon illustration.

http://www.thelightdream.net

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After almost a year in the making, this week I released my new album TRACES on Bandcamp.

TRACES is a dreamy blend of thought-provoking instrumentals forged from classic 80s and 90s synth sounds. The music explores the blurred lines between dreams and reality and also takes inspiration from the books I was reading during the making of the album.

http://thelightdreams.bandcamp.com/album/traces

I've also written a series of blog entries relating to the creative process, and also going into a little more detail on the literary influence, and the work of authors such as Christopher Priest and Graham Joyce etc.

http://thelightdream.blogspot.co.uk/

I hope you find this interesting - I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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General Discussion / My instrumental music
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:44:20 AM »
I'm trying to spread the word about my own music. I compose my own instrumental electronic music (often ideal for reading or working to!). Any fans of Jean Michel Jarre, Mike Oldfield, Vangelis or Tangerine Dream will hopefully find my work interesting.

I'm honorary musician for The Initiative for Interstellar Studies, and have recently released two albums supporting them, the latest of which, "Beyond the Boundary" was released in December. And prior to that, I released "Future Worlds", which was a concept album exploring alternative futures via each track, with a strong literary influence.

Come and have a listen!

http://thelightdreams.bandcamp.com/

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Fantasy Art / Fan Art / My SF&F artwork
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:39:45 AM »
I'd like to introduce my artwork - mostly science fiction influenced, with a bit of fantasy here and there. Several of my works are inspired by whatever I was reading at the time.

I'm looking for commissions or opportunities to have any of my existing pieces used as book covers.

See what you think :)

http://www.thelightdream.net/site_gfx/index.htm


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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Haruki Murakami
« on: November 17, 2011, 11:28:27 AM »
Only discovered his work last month... perhaps more fiction than fantasy, but clearly strong elements of fantasy drive his work. I first read AFTER THE QUAKE, a collection of short stories all centered around the 1996 Kobe earthquakr.

And I just finished KAFKA ON THE SHORE, which is one of the most unusual and addictive books I've ever read. Great characters, every page a fascination. Atmospheric, absurd, mysterious.

Really looking forward to reading more of his work... any recommendations welcome!

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Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Hellstrom's Hive
« on: October 18, 2011, 09:37:22 AM »
I bought this book last week, having never read any Frank Herbert before. So far, Hellstrom's Hive is proving to be as dark, morbid and mysterious as the blurb promised. Really enjoying it!

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I'm lucky to have one of my paintings, Awakening, included in this exhibition which is currently on at the Riverside Gallery in Richmond, until 5th November. "Brave New Worlds" explores artistic interpretations of utopias and dystopias, so quite a lot of literary influence in there.

http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/leisure_and_culture/arts/riverside_gallery/riverside_gallery_exhibitions/brave_new_worlds_exhibition.htm

Awakening was inspired by the HG Wells novel, When the Sleeper Awakes, which blew me away when I first read it earlier this year.
http://www.thelightdream.net/site_gfx/pages/awakening_jpg.htm

Anybody in the area or passing through - it's well worth a look. Some excellent and very varied artwork on display, and some very unusual interpretations of the theme.

What with this and the British Library exhibition both having been on at the same time, feels like a good time to be a fan of SF&F!

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Introductions / Hello!
« on: September 29, 2011, 10:26:08 AM »
I'm new here - just wanted to introduce myself.

I'm a freelance science-fiction and fantasy artist, currently doing my best to promote my work around the web! I'm also an avid SF reader, mostly classics, particularly from Gollancz's "SF Masterworks" range. But whatever I'm reading often goes on to inspire my artwork - which you can see here:

http://www.thelightdream.net/

One of my (many) ambitions is to break into book cover artwork, as that's one of the things which inspired me to take this path in the first place. That book being Arthur C Clarke's The City and the Stars, the painting being by Chris Moore.

Comments, likes, shares all very much appreciated!

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