Welcome to My Website
Here you'll find announcements of forthcoming publications, promotions and publicity events, news about my current writing projects, a blog, a bookstore with links to my ebook story collections and anthologies, plus some downloadable content you won't find anywhere else.
If you enjoy exploring this site, please leave a comment and come back soon – I'll be updating it regularly.
Most recent updates: Updated News item below (17 April 2015).
Website notes: All shortened URLs replaced because of security concerns (3 November 2014).
Updated 17 April 2015
Paul Cole has podcast Part 1 of my SF story The English Dead for his weekly Beam Me Up show on WRFR LP/FM Rockland ME (wrfr.org). He's incorporated some neat sonic enhancements appropriate to a story set on Mount Everest. Part 2 (and if required, Part 3) will appear in future editions of the podcast. This edition (No. 443) also includes an intriguing SF story by David Scholes (Living on Compressed Time),
Download Beam Me Up #443 from here.
More details can be found on my new Podcasts page.
Radio On The Up
27 March 2015
I'm delighted to announced that Paul Cole will be podcasting my mountaineering SF story The English Dead as part of his weekly Beam Me Up show on WRFR lp/fm Rockland ME (wrfr.org). This will be the first time one of my stories has been podcast. I'll post more details here in due course.
The English Dead was originally published in Hub 36 (2007).
14 March 2015
I've created dedicated web pages listing my QuarterReads stories and memoirs. Each link will take you directly to the corresponding piece (remember: $5 buys you 20 reads at QuarterReads).
If you enjoy reading my pieces on QuarterReads, please "favorite" me. That way you will receive emails from them about any pieces I publish there in the future.
11 March 2015
My SF collection Moondust Memories has received another 5* review, this time from author Deborah Walker: "Intelligent and thought provoking short science fiction stories. Just my cup of tea." (Amazon.co.uk)
Kindle ebook (USA & UK) and paperback (USA & UK) editions are available.
4 March 2015
Another of my memoirs is now available on QuarterReads. How I saved Apollo 11 should appeal to anyone interested in the history of space flight and television broadcasting.
26 February 2015
It's not science fiction, or indeed fiction at all, but hopefully Shanghaied in Tucson (or, How I gave up writing Science Fiction and learned to love Frances Burney) will amuse my readers. This culture clash memoir is available at QuarterReads ($5 buys 20 reads). It was originally published in The Burney Letter in 2007.
(And no, I didn't give up writing Science Fiction...)
25 January 2015
My new ebook, Family Tree, has attracted a couple of very pleasing reviews (two on Amazon.com, one also on Amazon.co.uk). On his blog, Dylan Hearn opines that "Family Tree is a paean to teachers and the positive effect they can have on their pupil’s lives." I can't argue with that.
Supplying Demand at QuarterReads
23 January 2015
My SF short story Supply and Demand in the Post-War Economy is now available to read at QuarterReads. This is the third story in my 'Reeves' series and my eleventh to be reprinted at QuarterReads. The earlier Reeves stories are Writing on the Wall and Warbling Their Way to War.
A $5 payment purchases 20 reads at QuarterReads, which now offers 600+ stories, poems and essays from 170 authors for your reading pleasure.
5 January 2015
My new ebook, Family Tree, is released today. It is available in Kindle and epub formats from most on-line ebook retailers, including Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, iTunes (UK), iTunes (US), Kobo, Barnes & Noble (Nook) and Smashwords. For links to other retailers, please visit my Books page.
This short story, which was originally published in Helix (2008), is particularly close to my heart. In part it is a what-if about the Apollo programme, but mostly it's about the importance of teachers. If you are a teacher, or if you were inspired by those who taught you, this story is for you.
Other Recent News
Freebies at QuarterReads
29 December 2014
I have two free reads to give away at QuarterReads. If you'd like to receive one of them, please send me a message using my contact form.
This is a great opportunity for readers and writers alike to give QuarterReads a try. The site currently hosts 600+ short stories, poems and essays by 150 writers, which are usually purchased on a $5 for 20 reads basis.
23 December 2014
If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a very merry one!
Wishing everyone a pleasurable end to this year and a happy 2015.!
More Reading for Two Quarters
6 December 2014
Two more of my SF short stories are now available to read at QuarterReads, making ten in all. The new ones are The Eye Patch Protocol and In Every Dream Home. (The deal at QuarterReads is $10 buys you access to 40 stories. They have loads!)
Fiction is Taxing (PSA)
4 December 2014
(Applies to EU customers only.)
Due to a forthcoming EU-wide change in VAT tax law, Amazon will be increasing ebook prices from 1 January 2015. From that date, the list price for ebooks on Amazon.co.uk (and the EU Amazons) will include VAT at the rate applicable to the purchaser's country, e.g. 20% in the UK, rather than the across-the-board 3% applied currently. I expect other platforms such as iTunes will do the same.
As nearly all my ebooks are minimum-priced already, and will remain so after Amazon applies the VAT increase, I don't have the option of reducing my prices. The sole exception is my collection Moondust Memories, which is already (IMO) priced very competitively indeed.
- Price rises for ebooks on 1 January for EU customers (including UK).
- If you'd like to buy any of my ebooks, whether for yourself or as a present for a friend or family member, now/soon would definitely be a good time, especially if you live in the UK or another EU country.
Two Dollars the Lot!
21 November 2014
Eight of my SF short stories are now available to read at QuarterReads, a new on-line publishing venture. You can sample the opening of any story for free. Pay $10 and you get to read 40 stories.
News of Economic Growth
23 October 2014
Daily Science Fiction has just published the third of my all-dialogue 'Reeves' stories, Supply and Demand in the Post-War Economy.
If you'd like to read the two earlier stories in this series, please click on these links:
Writing on the Wall
Warbling Their Way to War
The Future One Quarter at a Time
18 October 2014
Three of my Nature Futures stories are now available to read at QuarterReads, a new on-line publishing venture. Stories are available to read on a $10 for 40 reads basis. You can sample the opening of a story for free.