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A Killing Air by Nigel Price

A Killing Air is the first in a new thriller series featuring Harry Brown, ex-army officer, now working in disaster planning and crisis management. Taking a break from my historical fiction novels, published under the pen name Anthony Conway by Hodder & Stoughton, I decided to write some contemporary thrillers which led me to Harry…
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The Science of Stephen Hawking by John Gribbin

I first met Stephen Hawking when I was just starting my astrophysics PhD in Cambridge, and he had just finished his. By the time I finished mine, he was already recognised “in the trade” as something special – so special, in fact, that it was partly because I knew how far below him my ability…
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The Astonishing Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in the 21st Century by Tony Richards

It was the World Fantasy Convention of 2009, San Jose, California. I’d never been to that part of the States before, and so I headed out exploring. I was gone a couple of hours, and was finally making my way back to the hotel when I ran into a fellow conventioneer, writer and editor Charles…
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Come and Be Killed by Sally Spedding

Fifteen years ago, our daughter married a man whose family lived in Malvern. They re-located from London, and we made frequent visits to what was an extraordinary area, where the Malvern Hills, like those Swiss mountains in Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s brilliant The Pledge bear down on the population, creating the unnerving sense of being in a…
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Endgame, by Stephen Edger

Newspaper headlines and social media trends bombard us with “fake news” stories, each with their own motivation for driving attention to their story or point of view. With so many voices and so many communication channels, it’s almost impossible to distinguish real stories from the fake. But what if all the voices didn’t belong to…
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The Ten Minute Rule by D. J. Harrison

Give it ten minutes. It’s a symptom of the modern age that we have less and less attention span. The situation hasn’t been helped by the advent of streaming. We can get movies and books instantly. If we don’t like the one we’re watching or reading, we can change at the prod of a finger.…
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A River Running By, by Millie Vigor

When I wrote Sweet Sorrow, the story of young lovers Garnet and Dorrie, torn apart by WW2 and the difficult lives they led before they could be reunited, I hadn’t thought to write a sequel. It was only when Garnet, injured and scarred, both externally and internally, was finding it difficult to settle down to…
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A Sprig of Green by Felicity Luckman

The seventeenth century was a pivotal time in English history. At the start of it Queen Elizabeth I was still on the throne, and the monarch’s word was virtually law. By the end, after a civil war, the execution of a king, 11 years without a monarchy, an unsuccessful rebellion and a successful revolution, the…
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Re-telling a Famous Fairytale by Frances Gordon

When, some years ago, an editor commissioned a series for the re-telling of modern fairytales, I had a terrific time writing them. But I saved what I believed to be the best until last. Little Red Riding Hood has to be one of the most famous of all children’s stories, as well as one of…
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Allah’s Architect by Mark Dewar

In the tenth century of the Christian era, the fourth century in Islam, an Arab philosopher in Baghdad said, ‘In the far west there is a ninth gate to paradise. It is called Al Andalus.’ Al Andalus was Spain in the period during which it was ruled by a dynasty of Arab caliphs whose administrative…
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