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Where Sci meets Fi

No Comments 12 March 2012

Last weekend I had the pleasure of reading PetroPlague, a first time thriller from Dr Amy Rogers. I came across the book through her blog, http://www.sciencethrillers.com/,a brilliant review site for all things to do with science based thrillers. Continue Reading

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Michael Crichton’s Micro: How not to preserve a legacy

2 Comments 04 January 2012

As readers of A Rush of Green will know, I am a huge fan of Michael Crichton. In fact, he is the reason I became a writer in the first place. If you have read my debut eco-thriller The Human Race, you will know that Michael Crichton also helped to define the genre of my storytelling. Known as “science faction”, it is a mash of fact and fiction so closely woven together that you don’t know where one starts and the other begins. Continue Reading

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Are writers all “liars and thieves”?

3 Comments 18 March 2011

Are we? Well, according to Nicholas Hardiment, the serial philanderer and highly successful author in the film Tamara Drewe, we are. After watching the film on Saturday night, I immediately dismissed the incendiary statement. What self-respecting writer wouldn’t? But alas, the words seem to have stuck with me and after five days I have made a U-turn.

In fact, not only am I a liar, I hope that I’m a great liar. I’ve always made stuff up, ever since I was very young. In hindsight, I think I was rather good at lying back then; if I wasn’t convincing my granny that I was colour blind I would be trying to persuade my Mum that I had chickenpox. Essentially, I created stories and told them to anyone who would listen, and now it’s clear to me that storytelling is the foundation of all great writing. For me, the more fanciful the tale, the better the story. Continue Reading


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Unputdownable. Yes, I know it's not a word, but it definitely applies here, anyway. That's the word I'm going with, to describe The Human Race by O.C. Heaton. - Hira N. Hasnain

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The BeachThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeLife of PiOuter DarkThe FirmAlexander 3: The Ends of the Earth: A Novel

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