ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m re-releasing a new edition of my 2010 debut novel, Silversands, as a cheap ebook. Only £1.99 on UK Amazon (and comparable prices on Amazon US and other Amazon sites). It’s a cyberpunk romp set on Earth’s first colony world. Enjoy!
I’ve had a few folk ask me about UFOs recently, so I thought I’d say a word or two about the unexplained in general.
I’m fascinated by the stories about UFOs and the lore and history surrounding them, but I’ve never seen a single scrap of actual evidence or anything that has convinced me they actually exist. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to know whether alien life exists, I just struggle with the idea they travelled across hundreds of light years to skulk around probing random lumberjacks.
I know some people I trust who claim to have experienced ghostly phenomena. Personally, I’m not convinced. I don’t like the idea that we might endure as disembodied spirits after death. However, just because I don’t believe in the supernatural, that doesn’t mean I want to piss it off. And to be honest, I find it much easier to believe in them at 3:00 am than during daylight hours.
There’s all sorts of weird stuff out there. I had a couple of strange experiences on Loch Ness once, for example. And I like to try and keep an open mind, but extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
I’ll believe in the Illuminati when they send me an invite to join, and even then I’ll be pretty bloody sceptical.
Weird animals in various parts of the world? I can see that’s not beyond the realms of possibility. “There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio,” and all that.
But, at the end of the day, while all this is a lot of fun, and great material for stories, I am not convinced any of it actually exists. Maybe one day, I’ll see a flying saucer or a headless spectre, but for now, you can place me firmly in the unbeliever camp.
That title might seem a little ironic now, but my monthly column for The Engineer is now online.
To counter all the doom and gloom, I decided this month to look ahead to a world where political and industrial inertia have been conquered, and engineers set free to tackle the challenges ahead. So, come with me to the world of 2100 AD. Many of our children and grandchildren are still alive, and have families of their own right now, but their way of life is as different to ours as ours is to that of the Victorians.
Things seem to have become very real, very quickly. As a result, I’ve reluctantly cancelled my attendance at Eastercon.
A couple of weeks ago, I don’t think any of us thought we’d be self-isolating and avoiding the office, pubs and family gatherings. But here we are.
I just want you to know that we’re all in this together. I’ll keep posting my usual positivity on Twitter, but if any of you are feeling lonely, please feel free to use this page to reach out. You can drop me a direct message, or use the comments section below to start a conversation with other readers. In the meantime, stay safe and stay well.