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 Joe Abercrombie is coming to Waterstones in Sheffield too. It is encouraging to see more authors doing Waterstones signing tours.

Personally I'm a bit fed up with so many events/signings etc taking place in bloody London. Contrary to popular rumour there is life beyond the midlands! And a lot of SF&F fans.

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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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I will be exhibiting my artwork at Loncon, but sadly I'm unable to attend in person. I'd like to think my work might do the talking anyway!

I've got a profile page up on the Loncon website: http://www.loncon3.org/showcase/storer.php

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Fantasy Art / Fan Art / Re: My SF&F artwork
« on: May 14, 2014, 07:22:29 PM »
Thanks Nathan - much appreciated :)

I attend Novacon each year - in November - which has adopted Nottingham as its home, so if you attend that convention, you'll find me lurking in the art room!

Novacon is a primarily science fiction con - the UK's longest-established - but it comes from a more literary side, so you'll meet authors and aspiring writers as well as SF fans, rather than people dressed up as Stormtroopers.

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Fantasy Art / Fan Art / Re: Website revamp
« on: April 24, 2014, 12:42:03 AM »
Thank you for the comments everyone, much appreciated!

I'm pleased to read that the site seems easy to navigate... that was the main purpose of the revamp, so that's good to know :)

Although I won't be attending in person, I will have artwork on display in the art hall at LonCon3 later this year.

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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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General Discussion / Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:24:32 PM »
http://thelightdream.blogspot.co.uk/

My blog related to both my electronic music and digital SF&S artwork (which ever I'm working on at the time). I'll waffle on about influences, science fiction and synesthesia too!

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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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Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: Hellstrom's Hive
« on: November 17, 2011, 11:31:28 AM »
Hellstrom's Hive was brilliant - atmospheric and somewhat disturbing. The ending however left me somewhat frustrated. Wanted it to carry on!

I may read more Frank Herbert - not so bothered about the Dune saga though. I don't know much about his work, so any recommendations would be welcome.

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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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Thanks!  :)

The exhibition is on for a few more weeks - it ends on November 5th.

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