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Most recent changes: News post below and minor update to tthe Books & Stories page (22 February 2017).
22 February 2017
For those of you who prefer print to pixels, you'll find that my second collection of short stories, Sons of the Earth, is now available in a paperback edition from Amazon. I reckon it makes a good companion to my first collection (Moondust Memories) in terms of content and cover.
If you prefer ebooks, please note that the Kindle edition of Sons of the Earth will be discounted by at least 50% for seven days from 23 February (Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk only).
Minimal Junk Here
6 February 2017
My micro-flash SF story Junk Lover can be found in Issue 5 of Speculative 66, which has just been published. This is my second story to appear there.
29 January 2017
If you are a member of the British Science Fiction Association and wish to vote in the second round of their 2016 Awards, you have until midnight on Tuesday, 31 January. There are four categories: novels, shorter fiction (ahem), non-fiction, and artwork. The results of this round of voting will determine the final shortlists, which usually contain four or five works.
28 January 2017
I'm delighted to announce that Speculative 66 will be publishing my micro-flash SF story Junk Lover in their February issue. This will be my second story to appear there.
Partial Eclipse of the Moon
19 January 2017
I've dropped the price of the Kindle edition of Moondust Memories, my first collection of SF stories, to £0.99 at Amazon.co.uk and $0.99 at Amazon.com. The deal ends at 12:00 AM on 26 January (GMT/PST).
There are three 5* reviews of the collection here.
17 January 2017
Recently, my good friend and widely-acclaimed fellow SF writer Jacey Bedford suggested that I posted on the Milford SF Writers' Conference's blog about the prevalence of Milford alumni on this year's BSFA Awards longlists. So here is that post!
Art Listed Inside!
9 January 2017 (updated)
I'm delighted to announce that my SF story Insider Art, which appeared in Abyss & Apex 58, has been nominated in the BSFA Awards (2016) Shorter Fiction category.
If you're a BSFA member and would like to read this story before considering whether to vote for it in Round 2 of the ballot, which closes on 31 January, you can find it here.
Servicing Your Stories
4 January 2017
My critiquing service for short fiction in the speculative genres is now open. If you are interested in having your stories critiqued by "ace short story writer Vaughan Stanger"**, please read this page and then contact me.
There's an introductory offer for flash-length stories running throughout January!
I look forward to reading and critiquing your short stories.
** Postscripts editor Nick Gevers in the PS Publishing newsletter (10 July 2015).
Happy New Year!
1 January 2017
I wish everyone a wonderful 2017!
The Saga of String
31 December 2016 (updated)
Mariah Avix's podcast of String-Driven Thing for 600 Second Saga has gone live. She has done a marvellous job, really bringing out the characters' voices. If you enjoy the podcast, please rate and review it, e.g. on iTunes or 600 Second Saga's YouTube channel.
String-Driven Thing originally appeared in Nature Futures (2009).
An Honorable Peace
29 December 2016
I'm delighted to announce that my micro-story Peace on Earth has received an Honorable Mention in 200 CC's Christmas Contest. You can read it – and the other successsful entries – here.
23 December 2016
Here's wishing all my readers and visitors a very Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays.
Shortly At Your Service!
20 December 2016
From 3 January 2017, I will be offering a (paid) critiquing service for short fiction in the speculative genres. If you are interested in making use of this service, please read this page first before contacting me.
Please note that I will be running an introductory offer during January.
I look forward to reading and critiquing your short stories!
Stars in Your Ears
19 December 2016 (updated)
I'm thrilled to announce that Paul Cole has loaded a podcast including my SF story Stars in Her Eyes onto Beam Me Up. The reader, Ron Huber, has done an excellent job of voicing the story's trio of characters, so if you fancy a pre-Christmas treat...
Elsewhere in the podcast, Paul talks about John Glenn, the final phase of the Cassini mission to Saturn, and some classic SF novels. My story starts about 13 minutes into the 'cast.
Cheap and Cheerful Sons
12 December 2016 (updated)
(Promotion has now ended.)
To spread some pre-Christmas cheer, I've reduced the price of my Sons of the Earth Kindle ebook at Amazon.co.uk (£0.99) and Amazon.com ($0.99) until midnight on 11 December.
These thirteen SF and fantasy stories were originally published in Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Nature, and Postscripts, among others. Several have not been published in ebook form before.
String Exported to Poland
30 November 2016
I'm delighted to announce that my SF short-short String-Driven Thing has been translated into Polish and published on-line by Szortal magazine. My thanks, in particular, go to translator Aleksander Księżopolski. This is my third story to appear in Szortal and my fourth to be translated into Polish.
String-Driven Thing was originally published in Nature Futures (2009).
Tuning In to the Beyond
24 November 2016
One Step Beyond is now on sale at iTunes.
Purchase at iTunes (UK) for £0.99
Purchase at iTunes (USA) for $0.99
These prices will be increased in the near future.
Beyond the Verdict
23 November 2016
An Amazon customer praises One Step Beyond:
"A nice collection of bite-sized sci-fi stories. These stories avoid the obvious tropes, with rich worlds and fun twists. A really fun read." (****)
Buyer Further Beyond
22 November 2016
The charity anthology One Step Beyond is now on sale at the Kobo and Barnes & Noble on-line stores.
Purchase at Kobo (UK) for £0.80
Purchase at Barnes & Noble (Nook) for $0.99
We're still waiting on iTunes.
These prices will be increased in the near future.