Worlds Unimagined

If you follow my blog, you’ve no doubt noticed a few posts here and there about Neil Gaiman that hint at my shamelessly fanboyish love of his work. As such, it seems silly that I’ve gone this long without posting anything by him.

As such: today’s poem is “The Day the Saucers Came” by Neil Gaiman. As he states in his intro, “it’s sort of about the end of the world.” But not completely.

(The poem comes from Gaiman’s book Fragile Things, which you can buy here. I highly recommend doing so, as it contains—among other things—the coolest Cthulu mythos/Sherlock Holmes crossover you’re likely to see, and the Locus-winning and Hugo-nominated “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” which despite the title I do not recommend using as a how-to.)

Stephen King interview

Neil Gaiman interviews Stephen King. Need I say more?


I just put the text up of the interview I did with Stephen King in the Sunday Times Magazine on my blog at It’s a much longer interview than the one in the magazine, and if you are interested in working writers, you might enjoy it….

"I saw a lovely analogy recently. Somebody said that writers are like otters. And otters are really hard to train. Dolphins are easy to train. They do a trick, you give them a fish, they do the trick again, you give them a fish. They will keep doing that trick until the end of time. Otters, if they do a trick and you give them a fish, the next time they’ll do a better trick or a different trick because they’d already done that one. And writers tend to be otters. Most of us get pretty bored doing the same trick. We’ve done it, so let’s do something different."
–Neil Gaiman

Time Magazine interview with Neil Gaiman and Joss Whedon. I probably can’t give a better explanation of why you should read it than that sentence fragment.


I found this interview at Neil Gaiman’s blog, — which I also highly recommend if you don’t already follow it.