JOHN MEANEY

22.8.14

CLASS OF 2014!

Massively special: the best of all grad programmes, back for a 3rd year, finished last week, and a huge honour to teach.

Here's a shout-out to my homies: Alex (Captain 100%!), Calvin (it's all quantum), Connor (Ginger and Tablets!), Dan (Chinstrap no longer), Divia (you wuz brill!), Jamie (cool under pressure), Mark (awesome), Matt (the new Brian Cox), Mikey (keep it real, King Java), Tom (trance and maths, what could be better?), Victoria/Tors (my mentor forever!), Westlee (coolest of dudes)... You guys are absolutely amazing. Keep on being brilliant!

7 Comments:

Blogger John W Lewis said...

Great to see that you are continuing to spread the word in the software world, John.

August 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger David Chandlee said...

Hi, I just read your novel Absorption which I enjoyed immensely. I like PF Hamilton, and found your universe somewhat similar. It's too bad you kill off so many characters, though, after I get to like them. Thank you.

October 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger David Chandlee said...

Does the title Absorption refer to the building material quickglass, which can absorb, construct and regurgitate nearly anything?

October 7, 2014 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger John Meaney said...

@John Lewis...

Hi John! Great to hear from you... Yep, still attempting to Do Good in the software world as well as writing books. Still enjoying it too!

Cheers!

October 8, 2014 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger John Meaney said...

@David Chandlee

Glad you like the books, thank you! I'm glad you asked about the title... most people don't think about titles much.

I wasn't consciously thinking of quickglass, but it's weird how there are lots of unconscious resonances in the imagery in any book, and I had the title in mind before getting into the story in detail.

The reference I was conscious of was the group mind aspect of the darkness influencing humans. And of course the three behaviours characteristic of radiation interacting with matter are absorption, transmission and reflection... except that I made the third title Resonance deliberately, because it's interesting in many ways: as a physical phenomenon and metaphorically.

In this case I was thinking particularly of the resonance in human minds, and also of the influences of different timelines resonating with each other.

Plus I like the way the word sounds...

Cheers!
John

October 8, 2014 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger David Chandlee said...

That's very interesting. I hope to start vol 2 soon. Even though I read my first novel for adults when I was 13, I have never actually communicated with an author, although of course I often carried on an interior dialogue with him/her. The first SF story I read, also at 13, was a time travel one, "By his Bootstraps", by Robert Heinlein. I couldn't understand it, and my stepfather, at the time, gave me an unsatisfactory explanation. So it's terrific to receive a response from an author! Thanks, and keep up the good work!

October 8, 2014 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger David Chandlee said...

That's very interesting. I hope to start vol 2 soon. Even though I read my first novel for adults when I was 13, I have never actually communicated with an author, although of course I often carried on an interior dialogue with him/her. The first SF story I read, also at 13, was a time travel one, "By his Bootstraps", by Robert Heinlein. I couldn't understand it, and my stepfather, at the time, gave me an unsatisfactory explanation. So it's terrific to receive a response from an author! Thanks, and keep up the good work!

October 8, 2014 at 10:50 PM  

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