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Ben Jeapes Answers Six Questions

Tell us your biography in three sentences or fewer. Born the day after “The Web Planet” was shown on TV and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” was at number one. Descendant of warriors, slavers and opium traders. Have lived in … Continue reading

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Handy Habits by Ben Jeapes

Will it sound unbearably smug if I say that lockdown hasn’t really affected me? Apart from getting a new computer. Otherwise normal service has continued pretty well without interruption. I don’t want it to sound smug, because I know people … Continue reading

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His Majesty’s Starship, part 2: B5, bad guys and by golly, a sequel – by Ben Jeapes

Originally posted on Ben Jeapes’ blog on 10th December 2018 Like me, Babylon 5 was also on a mission to do right what Star Trek got wrong. Its key innovation was the story arc – the idea of an overall plot across the entire … Continue reading

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His Majesty’s Starship, part 1: origins by Ben Jeapes

Originally posted on Ben Jeapes’ blog His Majesty’s Starship hit the stands on 10 December 1998. I am inspired to reminisce. In the best spirit of present-day science fiction I shall do it in three parts. When I was young … Continue reading

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Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations By Ben Jeapes

Originally posted on May 3, 2014 as a guest post on Jacey Bedford’s blog   I read Lois McMaster Bujold’s Barrayar series at various points over the 90s and 00s, out of order and out of sequence, which is easy … Continue reading

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Write What Someone Knows by Ben Jeapes

First posted on the Milford blog inMarch 2017 “Bad books on writing tell you to “WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW”, a solemn and totally false adage that is the reason there exist so many mediocre novels about English professors contemplating adultery.” … Continue reading

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Getcha luvverly ideas here! By Ben Jeapes

You know you’ve made it as an author when you’re asked the time-honoured question, “where do you get your ideas from?” There are various time-honoured responses, but Neil Gaiman in the link nails it. In our recent house move I … Continue reading

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Where I’m at, by Ben Jeapes

Once upon a time there was a young man with the twin ambitions, not incompatible, of making it big in publishing and becoming a successful writer. How did he do? Well, the publishing happened, for a good few years. It … Continue reading

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Let no one else’s work evade your eyes by Ben Jeapes

There are writers, would-be writers and wannabe writers. (There are also don’t-wannabe writers, which is fine and a perfectly valid lifestyle choice and they play no further part in this post.) Even though neither party has actually been published yet, … Continue reading

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Robert Louis Stevenson by Ben Jeapes

I read a biography of Robert Louis Stevenson by Claire Harman. Hmm. Interesting man, interesting life. It’s also interesting to compare the life of a writer then and now – the similarities and the differences. The similarities: you can work … Continue reading

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