Monday, October 13, 2008

Hard Man of SF

Apparently what Keith Brooke calls me in the Guardian!


XiXiDu said...

Hope it will be translated into German soon :-)

Kirby Uber said...

activity on the skinner! 8)

Rich said...

So there you are!!!!!!

Hard Man eh! Probably right.

Hard Man to find, damn right.

Glad you're back. Now get blogging.

Lord Soth said...

Where the hell have you been?!?!?!!

Dave said...

Does this mean you are back to blogging?

willisnoo said...

Congratulations neal.

Btw, any intention on starting a new "franchise" following the Cormac series? I know it's harder to compose a world where you have to take care of characters, events and planets book by book, but it would be really nice if we can look forward to the hero's next adventure (or the villian's next mayhem, hehe).


Anonymous said...

glad to see you back....maybe???

dave hutchinson said...

The Essex hard man.

Andy said...

Ha! he said "Essex hard man of SF" which has a slightly different meaning don't you think.. ;)

Anonymous said...

You're back - great! Hope all is well.

Quick question though - what happened with Shadow of the Scorpion - looking forward to it June and then...

Mark Croucher said...

He's back, he's bad......etc etc

Looking forward to 6 months of new gossip, come on spill the beans.

Bob Lock said...

Hiyahs Neal and welcome back!

Nice review but it does mean that you'll have to walk around in a black suit now wearing sunglasses!


Alex Cull said...

Not only that but "Essex hard man"! Although I think it's probably a compliment as he seems to have enjoyed Prador Moon..

Anonymous said...

Welcome back.

Talk about along vacation ;)


vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

its good to be a hard man than a limp one (tell your loved one). fey asher won't work. the name asher implies 'someone who churns ash with human hair' or a suggestion thereof. neil is close to nail. the cards are stacked against ya bub.

my question is, if you were in a room with a delicious falafel and a rat, which would you snatch up and put in your mouth first. if i've read your books correctly, the answer is very obvious.

welcome back strange.r.

Anonymous said...

So...does this mean you're back then?

Or is this just a fly-by prompted by being called a "hard man" by the newspaper equivalent of Walter the Softy.

PaulJ said...

Hi, I've enjoyed Prador Moon and 'The Skinner', by 'Hard Man of SF' I assume he means visceral and violent like some parts of Iain M Banks sci fi or Peter F Hamilton's

Bob said...

Well deserved title as well!

Just finished reading Prador moon myself. Can't wait to see what Cormac has to say about these Prador guys...

daniel said...

short but sweet review, hardman! :)

(btw does that mean everyone from essex is a hardman now?)


Anonymous said...

and you loved every word of it like a true essex boy.

The Bear.

Stephan The Dane said...

Shadow of the Scorpion is now available in paperback at for £7.26 and FREE shipping. I have just ordered a copy for myself.

Chris said...

And a rather spiffing profile in SFX too - the photograph adds to the whole "hard man" image: I reckon you'll be giving Ross Kemp a run for his money, Neal. :)

How was Crete?

Rupert said...

Hi, my name is Rupert. I am working on a new Sci-fi project called Kirill, in conjunction with Microsoft MSN and Digital Studios (a little digital studio part of Endemol UK). We would really like your opinion and feedback on the project so far.

Why you? Because I have trawled the internet looking for people who we would want to be ‘the audience’ of Kirill, and we think you may well be one of those people
Here is the link to the video introducing the whole concept and explaining a little more:

Please email me back and I’ll send you more info.

Kind Regards,

Jools said...

I've seen you after a few pints, and I wouldn't mess with you !!!!

Nice to see a posting mate, when is the next book out ?


Anonymous said...

just got gridlinked and line of polity after finishing the skinner (i know, i'm useless at reading in the right order!!)

thanks for persevering with the writing career - so worth it!!!!

also given me a bit of inspiration to knuckle down to my own SF story!

many thanks

Rupert said...

Hope you are well.

We tried to get into contact with you the other day but I’m not sure if you received it. It mentions a new Sci-Fi drama called Kirill and I was hoping you would like to be involved.

Would you be interested in mentioning something on your blog or even hosting the short episodes? We really just want to get it in front of the right audience and see what they think and gauge their opinion.
I have the teaser trailer, episode 1 & 2, info on the story & characters and behind the scenes content.

All the embed codes are on the Kirill hub below, so the video’s are easy for you to upload.

I would really like your blog to be involved, so please let me know what you think?

Kind Regards,

George Ternent said...

Hard man eh... Do you eat barbed wire for breakfast and piss napalm in the morning? Or do you make animated movies with cute characters made from clay?

Neal Asher said...

xixidu, they usually are - the German publisher is always first.

Hi Kirby, back on a constant Internet connection. Now all I need is to get angry about something.

rich, will do - see above.

lord soth ... Crete.

dave, yup, blogging soon, when I get the hump about something, which shouldn't take long here.

willisnoo, whatever takes my fancy, with the usual mayhem.

Hutch and Andy ... uh?

Mark C. no beans to spill - just been in hiding and hoping someone would shoot Gordon Brown.

No change of dress, Bob. Still stockings and slingbacks.

alex, what's all this about 'essex' hardman?

Neil, vacation from the Internet but not from writing.

That'll do for now.

dave hutchinson said...

Um, Keith calls you `the Essex hard man of SF.'