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Most recent changes: News item below and updates to the Bibliography (20 October 2017).
Italian Not Dead
20 October 2017
I'm delighted to announce that my SF mountaineering story The English Dead has been reprinted in Italian translation in Quasar 3 (published by Edizioni Della Vigna). This is the first time one my stories has been translated into that language.
The English Dead originally appeared in Hub 36.
One Is Resurrected
17 October 2017
I'm delighted to announce that Third Flatiron Press will be including my short story One Is One in their Best of 2017 collection, which is scheduled for release as an e-book in November. This story originally appeared in their well-reviewed Cat's Breakfast anthology.
14 October 2017 (updated)
My second collection of SF&F stories, Sons of the Earth, is now available to purchase at Smashwords for just $0.99. This introductory price will not last long.
Sons of the Earth will soon be available from other on-line retailers, including iTunes UK, iTunes US, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo, etc. (I will add links here as the book becomes available.)
Sons of the Earth recently received a fantastic 5* review on Amazon, from which the following quote is taken: "Great stories wrapped in a clear and elegant prose style; good value for money, each story is thoughtful and surprising...If you are a fan of SF then you owe it to yourself to try this anthology out."
10 October 2017
I'm pleased to announced that Uprising Review has reprinted my SF short story Hand in Glove.
This story was originally published in Midnight Street #16 in 2011.
Reeves Brought to (E-)Book
Updated 4 October 2017
Now on sale!
Initial sales of Reeves Indeed! have been fairly brisk, with the e-book making the top 40 of Amazon UK's SF anthologies and collections chart. The higher it goes, the more copies it will sell to casual buyers, so if you're planning to purchase it, don't delay!
My e-book collection of 'Reeves' all-dialogue SF stories, Reeves Indeed!, which features the post-apocalyptic adventures of a robot butler, is now on sale (for $0.99 or equivalent in other currencies) from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, iTunes (US), iTunes (GB), Smashwords, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.
Reeves Indeed! includes the conclusion to the series, Speak for Yourself, which I wrote especially for this collection. None of the other stories have appeared before in ebook format.
Sons of Praise
1 October 2017
My second collection of SF&F stories, Sons of the Earth, has received a fantastic 5* review on Amazon, from which the following quote is taken:
"Great stories wrapped in a clear and elegant prose style; good value for money, each story is thoughtful and surprising...If you are a fan of SF then you owe it to yourself to try this anthology out."
If you are a member of Amazon Prime, you can download Sons of the Earth for free, but only until 12 October, when it exits that programme so that it can also be purchased from other on-line stores (Smashwords, iTunes, etc).
The Moon At Last
29 September 2017
I'm delighted to announce that Scottish SF magazine Shoreline of Infinity has published by short story The Last Moonshot in its newly released issue 9. It is available to purchase in various formats from here.
In my opinion, this excellent, well-edited magazine is well worth your time and money -- and I don't say that just because I have a story in it!
Post Your Brain
22 September 2017
I'm delighted to announce that I will be co-curating one of Virtual Futures Near-Future Fiction events with Stephen Oram in 2018. The theme of event I'm co-curating is "Post-Brain":
As technology gets smarter and smarter, the human brain is forced to reflect on itself in the mirror of the future and question what value it will have in a world in which wet tech, cerebral hacking and commodified consciousness could reign. A world not of enhancement or augmentation, but replacement. We implore you to enquire what the future of our most precious organ will be, while you still have one.
The others themes -- The (Dis)ease of the i-Mortal, E-Me’s, and Tomorrow’s Battles -- look equally intriguing.
For more information, including details of how to submit a piece, click here.
I attended three of the NFF events last year and saw my Nature Futures story Bee Futures read at the first. They were great fun as well as intellectually stimulating. If you live within reach of London and write flash-length fiction on any of the four themes for 2018, it is well worth submitting something.
Lunar Smash and Grab
23 August 2017
The ebook of my first SF collection Moondust Memories is currently half-price (i.e. $1.49) at Smashwords. It is price-matched at Amazon and (shortly, I presume) will be sold at that price at other online stories. This offer will end in a few days, so if you want the epub version, please click quickly!
18 August 2017
I couldn't announce this at the time as I was on vacation, but The Centropic Oracle has podcast a marvellous version of my flash-length story Invisble Touch, which was originally published in Daily Science Fiction. Major kudos go to Rob Gillespie for doing an excellent job of the character voices.
18 August 2017
I'm delighted to announce that the editor of Uprising Review has accepted my SF short story Hand in Glove for reprinting. This story was originally published in Midnight Street #16 in 2011.
More news in due course.
Squid on the Menu
1 August 2017
Delicious Served Cold, the fourth of my 'Reeves' all-dialogue stories, goes live on Space Squid today!
And something else to look forward to: on 4 August, The Centropic Oracle will be podcasting Invisible Touch.
31 July 2017
I'm delighted to announce that the editor of Digital Science Fiction has accepted my short story Star in a Glass for reprinting. This story was originally published in the Music for Another World anthology from the sadly now-defunct Mutation Press.
More news in due course.
One Cat Gets Praise
27 July 2017
Third Flatiron's Kurt Vonnegut tribute anthology Cat's Breakfast has been reviewed at Tangent Online, largely favourably. Needless to say, I was pleased to see my story, One Is One, receive a positive verdict.
Cat's Breakfast is available to purchase at Amazon.
Moondust Sprinkled Everywhere
25 July 2017
The epub edition of my first SF collection, Moondust Memories, is now available to purchase for $2.99 at Smashwords, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble. This ebook should also be available to purchase (as opposed to pre-order) within a day or two at Kobo and other on-line book retailers.
24 July 2017
I'm delighted to announce that the editor of Space Squid has accepted my short story Delicious Served Cold for publication.
Delicious Served Cold is the fourth story in my Reeves series of all-dialogue humorous flash fiction. The earlier episodes were published in Daily Science Fiction and Plasma Frequency Magazine. You can find links to them here.
More news on this in due course.
The Changing Phases of the Moon
Updated 7 July 2017
My first SF collection, Moondust Memories, will be available to buy at Smashwords, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo from 27 July. But if you would rather pre-order it now, please click the appropriate link.
If you've signed up for Kindle Unlimited please note that Moondust Memories, which is currently available for free to members, will disappear from the KU catalogue on 25 July. After that, the Kindle edition will cost $2.99 (or the equivalent) on Amazon.
Cat Gets One Breakfast
15 June 2017
Third Flatiron's Kurt Vonnegut tribute anthology Cat's Breakfast is now available to purchase at Amazon. It includes my SF story One Is One. That's my thirty-seventh story to see publication.
If you're interested in supporting Third Flatiron, their patreon page is here.
Quick! A Botnet...
5 June 2017
(I somehow managed to miss this one, a few weeks back!)
Digital Fiction Pub has reprinted my SF short-short The Last Botnet in its QuickFic series. It's my second story to appear there.
This story first appeared in Nature Physics, as part of the 'Futures' series, in 2008.
1 June 2017
The promotional price for the Kindle edition of my first short story collection, Moondust Memories ends tomorrow (2 June) at 23:59 GMT. Around the end of July, I will be publishing this ebook on other platforms, so it will no longer be exclusive to Amazon. Therefore, if you wish to buy the Kindle edition for the lowest possible price (£0.99 / $0.99+sales tax), now's your final chance for the foreseeable future.
28 May 2017
My talk to the Thurrock Writers Circle even made it into the local news...
For the sake of historical accuracy, I ought to point out that the arcticle does contain one inaccuracy, in that although my "book" did win a school contest it is not true that it was published, except in the sense that I cheekily wrote "published by" the name of my school inside the front cover of the exercise book I wrote it in (aged 13)!
Thurrock Tales Told
25 May 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of talking about my short fiction to The Thurrock Writers' Circle yesterday evening, which was a first for me. My audience was very enthusiastic and asked lots of interesting questions. I'm hugely grateful to everyone who attended, but especially Cindy Mannering, who organised the event. As part of my talk, I performed readings of Sons of the Earth, Bee Futures, and Peace on Earth, also read brief excerpts from a story I wrote while at senior school (aged 13) and my PhD thesis on X-ray astronomy (from 1985, much of which reads like fiction now, so rapidly has the field developed since then).
24 May 2017
This evening, I will be giving my first ever talk about my short fiction, to The Thurrock Writers' Circle. To say that I'm looking forward to this event is putting it mildly!
To celebrate this event, I've dropped the price of my latest short story collection, Sons of the Earth (Kindle edition), to £0.99 / $0.99. The price reverts after seven days.