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: News item below (9 February 2016).
No Quarter - Redux
9 February 2016
Sadly if unsurprisingly given last year's announcement, QuarterReads has finally closed.
I thought QuarterReads was a lovely concept, one which I was delighted to support by having eleven of my short stories and two memoirs reprinted there. I wish its founder, Ian Rose, all the best in his writing career and future projects.
Fool's Art Inside
29 January 2016
Previously announced as an acceptance, I've now heard that long-standing SF and fantasy webzine Abyss & Apex will be publishing my story Insider Art in their Q2 2016 issue, which will be published on 1 April.
Recommended with Reynolds
25 January 2016
It's always pleasing to be mentioned in conjunction with a popular and critically acclaimed author...
This excerpt comes from a Q&A with Jaine Fenn (a terrific author in her own right) on Jenny Barber's blog:
Q: What’s the appeal of short fiction for you and do you have any short fiction recommendations?
A: Short fiction is great if, like me, you have a hectic lifestyle and short attention span. More seriously, the short story is an art form which doesn’t get as much credit and coverage as it should; creating and develop compelling characters in a believable world whilst getting across your central idea in, say, five thousand words is quite an art. As for recommendations … there are some excellent short story writers out there, too many to mention, though I think short stories particularly suit hard SF ideas, and two recommendations for hard SF shorts would be Alasdair Reynolds and a newer writer, Vaughan Stanger.
(Fair disclosure: I know Jaine well, but she was definitely not obliged to mention me in the same breath as Alasdair Reynolds! Apparently ours were the first two names that popped into her head when she was thinking about hard SF short stories.)
Favouring Times Past
18 January 2016
Stephen Theaker has given my None of Our Yesterdays ebook a favourable review in Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #53, which is free to download in various digital formats from here.
"Two fine stories of alternative history in a nice little ebook," says Stephen, before going on to say a bit more about his reactions to these stories (on p95).
None of Our Yesterdays can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and iTunes, among others.
Cat Out of the Bag
2 January 2016
Getting the new year off to a great start: Plasma Frequency Magazine has just published my fantasy story Brown Cat Blues in their Quarter 1 - 2016 issue. The magazine is available in print and ebook formats. Click the website link above for purchasing details.
1 January 2016
Happy New Year to you all!
Updated 20 December 2015
I'm delighted to announce that the recently revived Plasma Frequency Magazine will be publishing my fantasy story Brown Cat Blues in their next issue, which is due for release on 1 January.
(This will be my second story to appear there.)
Wishing Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays to you all!
15 December 2015
My SF short story Invisible Touch is today's featured story at Daily Science Fiction. You can read it for free here.
Here is an excerpt from my published notes for this story:
"The core idea for 'Invisible Touch' popped up in my Twitter feed a little over a year ago.... If you type 'chroma key green screen bodysuits' into your preferred search engine you should find it. After a while I started wondering about job security for someone working in such a niche. If the work dried up, would that skillset find another use?"
14 December 2015
I've reduced the price of the Kindle edition of my Moondust Memories SF collection to $0.99 on Amazon.com and £0.99 on Amazon.co.uk from today until 21 December. I've also lowered the price of the paperback edition, which is also available from Amazon, to $4.99/£3.99 until the New Year.
Climbing the Peaks, Diving into the Troughs
11 November 2015
(As other writers will confirm, acceptances have a habit of bunching up...)
I'm delighted to announce that my short story Insider Art has been accepted for publication by Abyss & Apex magazine. I've been sending stories their way since 2004, so if I ever needed proof that persistence pays, here it is.
More news when I receive it.
11 November 2015
I'm delighted to announce that my short story Collapsing Into Life has been accepted for publication in The Other Publishing Company's Cracked Eye digital magazine. I'm told that my story will appear on their new publishing platform, which is scheduled to launch during the next few weeks.
More news as and when.
29 October 2015
I have sad news to report: Ian Rose has announced that QuarterReads is to close shortly (unless someone can take over from him, which seems unlikely). Ian devised a genuinely innovative publishing concept and implemented an easy-to-use website for readers and writers alike. Yes, and he paid his writers. But as with many indie publishing ventures, the economics proved difficult and the effort involved not comensurate with the results. Nevertheless, I applaud Ian's efforts and wish him all the very best in his future projects.
QuarterReads remains on-line at this time, although new registrations and submissions are disabled. If you have any credits remaining, now would be a good time to spend them. You can find thirteen of my stories and memoirs on QuarterReads. Many fine writers also have work on the site. In fact, you'll be spoilt for choice. But be quick before the goodies are gone.
Touched for Cash
21 October 2015
I'm pleased to announce that new publishing venture The 40p has reprinted my SF ghost story Touching Distance, which originally appeared in Postscripts #7. You can read it here for the princely sum of 40p!
(Belated announcement due to moving house!)
Bees Abroad Again
1 October 2015
Estonian magazine Reaktor has reprinted my short story Bee Futures in their September 2015 issue. My thanks go to Eva Liisa Sepp for translating my story.
Annoyingly, I can't get the link to work here. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you'll find a working link in today's posts (or you could copy http://ulmeajakiri.ee/?tolkejutt-mesilastulevikud into your browser).
25 September 2015
Plasma Frequency is a well-regarded semi-professional SF and fantasy magazine, which published my story Warbling Their Way to War a few years ago. More recently, it went on hiatus after a PayPal fraud wrecked its finances. Editor-in-Chief Richard Flores IV has now launched a Kickstarter to get Plasma Frequency back in business. There are some neat rewards on offer.
If you feel able to support this initiative, either by sharing the news or making a donation, that would be a great help to Richard and his team.
19 September 2015
A downloadable (PDF) version of the latest issue of Szortal is now available from here. It's a particularly good-looking magazine. Bee Futures begins on p13. My thanks go to Martyna Bohdanowicz for translating my story into Polish.
6 September 2015
I'm delighted to announce that Polish 'zine Szortal has reprinted my SF short story Bee Futures. If your linguistic skills are up to it, you'll fnd the story here. Two Szortal readers have rated it 10/10, which is a tremendous compliment.
This reprint is my fiftieth acceptance in all (excluding royalty-paying sites like QuarterReads and AnthologyBuilder) and my second from Szortal. Bee Futures was originally published in Nature Futures.
Two Ways to Walk
28 August 2015
PS Publishing has just released a new issue of its Postscripts anthology series. Issue 34/35 'Breakout' includes two stories by me: A Walk in the Woods, which was originally published in Interzone (2003), and its sequel A Walk in the Rain, published for the first time. The pair form a diptych at the centre of the anthology. I feel very honoured to have my work to be presented in this way. A big "thanks!" goes to Postscripts editor Nick Gevers, also to PS Publishing's head honcho Pete Crowther.
The Hive is Buzzing!
25 August 2015
In a lovely example of how the writing universe works (sometimes): Bee Futures is FREE to read at QuarterReads this week. You'll find it here.
If you enjoy reading Bee Futures, there are plenty more on QuarterReads where that one came from, as the site hosts more than 1000 stories, poems and memoirs.
Breeding More Bees
25 August 2015
I'm pleased to announce that my short story Bee Futures will be reprinted in a future issue of new British SF & Fantasy magazine The Singularity.
Bee Futures was originally published in Nature Futures.
Daily Disappearing Act
11 July 2015
I'm thrilled to announce that my short story Invisible Touch has been accepted for publication in Daily Science Fiction. That will be my third story to appear there. Unlike its predecessors, this one is not part of my 'Reeves' series.
More news closer to publication date.
Walks of Life
10 July 2015
I'm delighted to confirm that the next volume of the Postscripts anthology series from PS Publishing will contain not one but two of my short stories, namely A Walk in the Woods (originally published in Interzone) and its sequel A Walk in the Rain.
Postscripts #34/35 Breakout goes on sale in August, with pre-orders taken from late July. The announcement is here.
I'll admit to feeling chuffed that editor Nick Gevers describes me as an "ace short story writer". That's high praise indeed, especially when one considers the luminaries occupying the rest of the ToC.
Other Recent News
Dead and Done
8 July 2015
Paul Cole has completed his marathon recording of The English Dead for his weekly Beam Me Up show on WRFR LP/FM Rockland ME (wrfr.org). As well as the climax of my story there are (as always) plenty of interesting items in Paul's podcasts, so please listen all the way through. I'd like to extend my sincere thanks to Paul for recording The English Dead. He's done an amazing job.
You can download Beam Me Up #446 and #447, or the complete set of MP3s from my Podcasts page.
3 July 2015
Previously only available in Kindle format from Amazon, my ebook None of Our Yesterdays can now be pre-ordered for $0.99 to pre-order for $0.99from iTunes and Kobo, and soon other on-line book stores such as Barnes & Noble (Nook). For a full set of links to my ebooks at these bookstores, please go to my Books & Stories page.
From the book description:
"This ebook collects two of my war-themed alternative history stories: The Peace Criminal and The Eye Patch Protocol. Both stories explore the great "what ifs" of Twentieth Century history, and will appeal to lovers of thought-provoking, character-based fiction."
24 June 2015
There'll be further good news of the acceptance variety to report here soon. I'm just waiting on the contract...