Saturday, March 24, 2012

Open Thread


Time for you all to talk amongst yourselves - I'll be gone for a while.


18 comments:

Jezcentral said...

Okay, I'll start. How many of Neal's fans are writing, or plan to write their own book?

One out the reasons I follow him (amongst many others, obviously!) are the titbits of information he drops about his writing technique.

Pippa Jay said...

I'm writing and already have my first book coming out in May. But I doubt it will appeal to Asher fans. :)

zoltan said...

What's your favorite NealAsher fight scene? (without spoilers)

Mine is in The Skinner when Sniper is fighting the two Prador drones. It's amizingly well written and I love the tricks Sniper does.

Neal, do you have a favorite one?

Neal Asher said...

Not gone yet!

jezcentral, plenty here I would imagine.

Pippa, why, you like my stuff.

Zoltan, Cormac and Skellor's encounter out in the wilds in Brass Man...

Neal Asher said...

That is to say, Pippa, we generally style our writing along the lines of the stuff we enjoy reading.

Neal Asher said...

Righto, I'm really gone now. Next time you hear from me I'll be writing from Crete.

Bob Lock said...

I'm writing stuff (quite a few chapters on Neal's workshop)

http://freespace.virgin.net/n.asher/page79.html

and I've got a couple of books published through small-preess/indie

I like the fight scene in Brass Man too but every Asher novel has its own unique and excellent fight/space-battle scene :

Bob Lock said...

A thread I'd like to start is:

'Who wants to see how he handles fantasy and if the fantasy trilogy he's written is as page-turningly good as his SF?'

Richard Morgan's move to fantasy has turned out well, come on Neal, your turn!

Pippa Jay said...

Well, my writing is very light on the tech side and also contains what my husband calls 'mushy girl stuff'. But I think your books have been responsible for a certain grimness creeping in lately and I'm reading up on more technology these days. :-)

Pippa Jay said...

Enjoy!

Graeme Finch said...

I have five small projects on the go. It's Ashers fault and its eaten all my spare time.

I hope to inflict them on the reading public at some point in the near future.

Neal's tips have proved invaluable. Having bought a book on how to write a book some years ago, I just gave up the idea of putting my ideas down on paper after just a couple of chapters. The book I think bamboozled me and just knocked my confidence on its arse.

This time I have written for myself and used Neals tips and observation of various authors work to see how the structure works, rather than trying to learn it parrot fashion fromn a book. I've also taken to watching meet the author on the Beeb and listening to Authors talk about how they work on Youtube, which has also been very informative.

Graeme Finch said...

Mr Crane and the Sleers.

Darren Goldsmith said...

I'm writing my second novel (the first is ready for a thorough edit) and I've had a Dr. Who short published by Big Finish (read by Louise Jameson who played Leela, no less)

I wouldn't class my stuff as heavy/hard sci-fi... but the odd bit creeps in, now and then. :)

Darren Goldsmith said...

I meant to add... favourite fight scene. They're all cracking... but I relly dig the battle that Sniper, Orbus and Vrell have against the super Prador after they've crash-landed on the icy moon. Great fun!

Actually Orbus is chock-full of excellent fights.

Jezcentral said...

Neal, I guess that means you're "living the dream". Moreso, now you're back in Crete.

Pippa Jay said...

I liked the Technician's final battle.
Something I'd like to know, Neal, although you may have been asked before. Have you ever been approached about turning one of your books into a film? Is there a particular film-maker you'd trust to do a fair rendition?

Thezzphai said...

Favorite "fight" scene, if you can call it a fight, has to be Scold vs The Mechanism. (Tricky.)

Spencer said...

best fight? Im sorry, but it has to be Vrell vs a prador dreadnaught full of tough spatterjay ridden prador :)