Welcome to My Website
Most recent changes:
- News item below and an update to Bibliograpy page (8 November 2018).
- Removed Critiquing Service page and updated Contact page re. my use of the information contained in its messsage form (18 May 2018).
Slices of an Orbital Life
8 November 2018
New Orbit magazine has reprinted my SF story Slices of Life in its October 2018 issue.
This story originally appeared in 3SF magazine.
A Scientifically Blended Family
4 November 2018
Stacy Katczinsky has edited an impressive-looking paperpack anthology of SF stories, She Blended Me With Science, which includes a reprint of my story, Family Tree.
Flatwater Press publishes anthologies in order to raise money to promote and support the work of Nebraska authors.
Your Future Awaits
3 November 2018
This is a reminder that wht writers amongst you now have a little under one month to get your submissions in for next year's Virtual Futures Near-Future Fictions events!
Full details are on (public) Facebook here, or you can download the call PDF from here.
(I'm co-curating the Autonomous Agents theme with Stephen Oram.)
Award for a Shore Thing
29 October 2018
A little over a year ago, Scottish SF magazine Shoreline of Infinity published one of my short stories. I greatly enjoyed working with the editor, Noel Chidwick, to make my story as good as it could be. So I'm delighted to learn that Shoreline of Infinity received the 2018 award for Best Magazine/Periodical award from the British Fantasy Society. Thoroughly well deserved!
Punk Needs More Kicks!
26 October 2018
One day to go!
If you feel able to support the Kickstarter for the A Punk Rock Future anthology now is the time to secure your reward!
This Kickstarter aims to add more stories to the anthology, increase the reach of its advertising campaign, and--of course!-- will give backers some excellent rewards. (It's about two-thirds of the way there at the moment, with only four days to go)
Touch to Translate
16 October 2018
I'm pleased to announce that Estonian webzine Reaktor has accepted my SF story Invisible Touch for translation and reprinting. That'll be my third story to appear there.
Invisible Touch originally appeared in Daily Science Fiction (2015). It has been reprinted and podcast since then, but this will be its first translation.
Punk Gets a Kick
1 October 2018
The publishers of the forthcoming 'A Punk Rock Future' anthology, Zsenon Publishing, have announced a Kickstarter to raise additional funding for their project. If the Kickstarter is successful, they will publish even more stories and pay their authors (including me!) a higher rate. But this project's main objective is to boost the publicity campaign for what looks like being a brilliant anthology, so that it reaches the biggest possible audience. There are some great rewards on offer if you'd like to support this exciting project.
18 September 2018
As Createspace is closing, Amazon KDP now hosts the paperback editions of my three short story collections (Moondust Memories, Sons of the Earth & Other Stories, and Reeves Indeed!). These are the original Createspace editions, so there shouldn't be any problems with them, but if you purchase one or more of them and notice any printing problems, please let me know.
Punk's Not Dead!
10 September 2018
I'm delighted to announce that I've had a flash-length story accepted for the 'A Punk Rock Future' anthology, which is forthcoming from Zsenon Press. The title of the story will probably change, so I'll provide more details here in due course.
Agents of the Future
Updated: 4 September 2018
I'm delighted to announce that I will be co-curating one of Virtual Futures' Near-Future Fictions events next year. The theme of the 12 March event is "Autonomous Agents' and, as was the case earlier this year, my fellow curator is the inestimable Stephen Oram. I'm really looking forward to working with him again and to selecting the pieces to be read aloud at this event.
Please click this link to find out more about the "Autonomous Agents" event and how to submit fiction for consideration.
For more general information about the NFF 2019 events and themes, please click here or download the PDF file below.
31 August 2018
Earlier today, Manawaker Studio posted an excellent podcast of my Reeves short story Warbling Their Way to War, beautifully read by proprietor C B Droege. He has done a brilliant job of delineating the two characters. The recording lasts about five minutes, so I hope you will give it a listen.
Although Warbling Their Way to War is the second story in my 'Reeves' series, it can be enjoyed as a standalone. It was originally published in Plasma Frequency Magazine and is my third story to be podcast by Manawaker Studio.
Seven Days Left for Sin
6 August 2018
Only seven days left to back this project!
My short story The Eye Patch Protocol is slated for reprinting in the Sins and Other Worlds anthology. The publisher, Shacklebound Books, is currently running a Kickstarter to fund the anthology. Authors contributing stories include Robert Silverberg, Wendy Nikel, Mike Resnick, Michelle Ann King, and Ken Liu.
The anthology's ToC looks wonderful and there are some nice bonuses on offer to backers, a few of them involving goodies supplied by me. If you feel able to support this exciting project, please do so during the next seven days!
How to Avoid Penalties
29 July 2018
The ebook editions of my short-story collections Moondust Memories and Sons of the Earth & Other Stories are available for 50% off from Smashwords throughout July. Please use coupon code SSW50 at the checkout.
Buy: Moondust Memories
Buy: Sons of the Earth
Both ebooks currently cost $1.50, but revert to $2.99 on Wednesday.
The One Oracle
21 July 2018
I'm delighted to announce that my SF short story One Is One has been accepted for podcasting by The Centropic Oracle. This will be my second story to be podcast by them. I'll post more details here in due course.
One Is One was originally published in Third Flatiron's Cat's Breakfast anthology.
Orbiting Future Life
20 July 2018
I'm pleased to announce that my SF short story Slices of Life has been accepted for reprinting in Future Orbit Magazine, a new publication from New Zealand. I'll post more details in due course.
Slices of Life was originally published in issue 2 of 3SF magazine.
The Bonuses of Sin
20 July 2018
My short story The Eye Patch Protocol is slated for reprinting in the Sins and Other Worlds anthology. The publisher, Shacklebound Books, is currently running a Kickstarter. The anthology's ToC looks wonderful and there are some nice bonuses on offer to backers, some of them involving goodies supplied by me. If you feel able to support this exciting project, please click here.
14 July 2018
I've received some good news from an anthology editor, who has accepted one of my previously published stories for translating and reprinting in an anthology. I'll post details here when I have them.
Extra Time Boost
12 July 2018
As Brazil didn't make it to the World Cup semi-finals, I won't be receiving any winnings from the TTA Press sweepstake, alas! However, I have promised to donate any royalties I receive from ebook and POD-book sales during the World Cup (15 June to 15 July) to English PEN. So there is still time to contribute to this deserving cause by purchasing one of my books.
if you're a Smashwords user, please note that the ebook editions of my short-story collections Moondust Memories and Sons of the Earth are available for 50% off throughout July. Please use coupon code SSW50 at the checkout.
Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish France and Croatia good luck in the final. It should be a cracker!
World Cup oPEN for Charity Donations
Updated 28 June 2018
Yay! Brazil are through to the knockout stages of the World Cup. I'm crossing tentacles that they'll make it at least to the semi-finals -- although hopefully not at the expense of England -- so I can donate any TTA Press World Cup 2018 Sweepstake winnings I receive to English PEN, a charity supporting freedom of expression around the world.
But you can boost my donation!
I will donate all royalties I earn from sales of my self-published books during the World Cup (which ends on 15 July) to English PEN, whether or not I receive anything from the aforementioned sweepstake. So, if you'd like to support my fundraising please get clicking. The pictures on this page will take you to purchase links at Amazon.co.uk, but my books are also available at all other Amazon stores, also Smashwords, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, etc.
Protocols for Sin
30 May 2018
I'm delighted to announce that Shacklebound Books has accepted my SF short story The Eye Patch Protocol for reprinting in its planned Sins and Other Worlds anthology.
This story was originally published in End of an Aeon in 2011.
Awake and Warbling
22 May 2018
I'm delighted to announce that Manawaker Studio has accepted my Sf short story Warbling Their Way to War for its Flash Fiction Podcast.
This is the second story in my 'Reeves' series. It was originally published in Plasma Frequency Magazine and will be my third story podcast by Manawaker Studio.
Paul Cole RIP
20 May 2018
I'm very sad to learn that Paul Cole, the man behind the Beam Me Up podcast, has died. A few years ago, Paul recorded a wonderfully atmospheric five-part audio version of my story The English Dead. He also arranged for a colleague to record another of my stories, Stars in Her Eyes. Paul and I only ever interacted by email, but he always struck me as a lovely guy.
Virtually Time to Dream
15 May 2018
This evening, I'l be at the Library Club in London reading my new story Dreamtime (a sequel to Stars in Her Eyes) at the last of the current series of Near-Future Fictions events hosted by Virtual Futures. I will also be introducing the second half of the evening's readings. There may still be a few tickets left, but be warned: they have been selling very quickly.