On this episode I chat with author Nick Harkaway about accelerating futures, detective stories and the meaning of life.

Nick Harkaway is the author of several novels, most recently GNOMON, set in a near-future Britain where everything is recorded, monitored and shared. In this wide-ranging chat we cover everything from writing from multiple viewpoints, to reader expectation, to knowing when to stop and fix something vs pressing on to the end of the draft.

This is a great episode to listen to if you want to know:
– how can I manage reader expectations?
– what are some useful ways to think about story structure?
– should I finish my first draft before editing or revise as I go?
– how can I turn big SF ideas into stories?

If you enjoyed our chat, why not treat yourself to Nick Harkaway’s latest novel, GNOMON.

Or you could try one of his others:



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