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Entries from September 2009

Notes on Iain Banks’ Transition

September 26th, 2009 · 42 Comments

Iain Banks’ latest novel, Transition, is perhaps his strongest work in recent years, straddling his science fiction persona (Iain M Banks) and his non-genre, non-M persona (Iain Banks). For me, it combined his fantastic world-building imagination that we see in his Culture novels with the more rooted nature of his traditional novels – with a [...]

Tags: book · sf

Spooks: Code 9 – They Got it Backwards

September 16th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Note: I am not about to reveal any secrets about Spooks: Code 9 or its production. A dedicated fan of Spooks could have written this, and while I’m not one, I did spend a lot of time thinking about, and watching, the show. These are my own opinions, and not that of Six to Start.

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Tags: tv

Books of 2009

September 13th, 2009 · No Comments

I haven’t talked much about the books I’ve read recently, and having finished a slew of them recently, I thought I’d take a look back at all the books I’ve read this year. On the whole, there aren’t as many as usual; work, magazines and periodicals, and notably Infinite Jest, really took their toll.
The Gift: [...]

Tags: adrian · book · review

Why Smokescreen is the Best Game Ever*

September 10th, 2009 · No Comments

I just published a post, Why Smokescreen in the Best Game Ever*, on the Six to Start blog with some game design thoughts behind Smokescreen, our latest game. It goes into a fair level of detail about some of the interesting features in Smokescreen and provides the reason why we added them; if you’re into [...]

Tags: arg · games · smokescreen