It had to happen. I've been talking so much crap on a dozen forums or so across the Internet for the last year that creating my own space dedicated to that function was inevitable. So here it is. Here I will muse on the latest SF&F news, books, films and TV episodes. I have been a fan of speculative fiction since I saw Star Wars at the age of four and started collecting Transformer comics the same year. By nine I was onto Clarke and Asimov and made a late move into fantasy as a teenager, getting into Pratchett by 14 and Tolkien by 16. Today my favourite fantasy series is A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin and I am also keen on works by Steven Erikson, R. Scott Bakker, Paul Kearney and Peter F. Hamilton. 2006 has been a great year for new authors, with Scott Lynch in particular making waves with his superb debut The Lies of Locke Lamora, which will hopefully get the recognition it deserves as the end-of-year awards get going in earnest and Hugo nomination time continues.