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Most recent changes:
- News post below and update to Current Projects page (2 January 2019).
- Removed Critiquing Service page and updated Contact page re. my use of the information contained in its messsage form (18 May 2018).
A Touch Foreign
31 December 2018
A nice way to end the year: Estonian webzine Reaktor has translated and published my SF story Invisible Touch. This is my third story to appear there. My particular thanks go to translator Mari Arumäe.
Invisible Touch originally appeared in Daily Science Fiction (2015).
26 December 2018
Smashwords is holding a post-Christmas sale. There are big reductions on lots of ebooks, including three of mine:
Sons of the Earth & Other Stories
The sale ends at midnight on New Year's Eve.
23 December 2018
Seasonal greetings to you all and wishing a "Merry Christmas" to everyone who celebrates it.
27 November 2018
My contributor's copy of Stacy Danielle Katczinsky's anthology of SF stories, She Blended Me With Science, has arrived. It's a handsome-looking paperback with a striking cover designed by Pablo Vercelli and good print quality inside.
The one customer review of this anthology I've seen so far states that all the stories are "well-crafted and brilliantly written tales, and some of them are mind-blowing". That's always pleasing for an author to hear!
Nearing Your Future!
20 November 2018
This is a reminder that writers now have less than two weeks left in which to submit flash-length pieces for next year's series of Near-Future Fictions events organised by Virtual Futures.
The deadline is 2 December.
For details of the submission call either click here to read them on (public) Facebook or download the call PDF from here.
(I'm co-curating the Autonomous Agents theme with Stephen Oram. The other themes are Boundless Bodies, Another Loving and Lasting Labours.)
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 Danielle 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 the 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.