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 (16 December 2014).
Website notes: All shortened URLs replaced because of security concerns (3 November 2014).
Order Your Family Tree Now!
Updated 16 December 2014
Now available to pre-order on iTunes, Kobo and Barnes & Noble
Family Tree, my new ebook for Kindle and other ebook readers, will be published on January 5th, 2015. However, it is available to pre-order on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords. It should also be available to pre-order eventually.
This SF story, which was originally published in Helix (2008), is one that 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 in your youth, then this story is for you.
Pre-order purchase links: Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.
For links to other on-line shops, please click on my Books page.
If you live in the UK or another EU country, please note that the VAT on ebooks increases on January 1st, 2015. So you should save some money if you pre-order Family Tree before that date.
Reduced Christmas Memories
8 December 2014
I've reduced the price of the paperback edition of my SF short-story collection Moondust Memories for the Christmas period. It's available to purchase at Amazon.co.uk for £3.99 and Amazon.com for $5.89. Comparable reductions can be found at other Amazon sites and on Createspace.
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.
1 December 2014
If you're searching for the perfect Christmas present for that SF-addicted friend or relative who prefers print to pixels, then the paperback edition of my short-story collection Moondust Memories might be just the thing. It's available for purchase from Amazon.co.uk (£4.99) and Amazon.com ($6.29).
(Kindle ebook options are also available for those who prefer pixels to print!)
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.
Octet at iTunes
29 August 2014
There are now eight ebooks of my short stories available on iTunes/iBooks, each costing $0.99 (or equivalent) to buy. You can browse the set here.
Other Recent News
The Italian Dead
18 August 2014
I am delighted to announce that Luigi Petruzzelli, editor of Italian SF magazine Quasar, has accepted my story The English Dead for translation and reprinting, probably in issue 3. This will be the first time any of my stories has been translated into Italian.
The English Dead originally appeared in issue 36 of Hub.
The Future Now! (Well, coming soon...)
5 August 2014
Exciting news! The Futures 2 anthology, which contains my story Dark They Were, and Strange Inside, will be published by Tor.com on 9 September. 100 writers offer their take on what the future will look like in this anthology of sci-fi short stories from the award-winning Futures column in Nature. Available to order from here.
(You will need to scroll down to near the bottom of the web page until you find 'BUY THE BOOK' and the "Retailers" drop-down box, then click on the appropriate retailer for you, e.g. Kobo, Amazon Kindle, etc.)
16 July 2014
I'm delighted to announce that Daily Science Fiction will be publishing my short story Supply and Demand in the Post-War Economy in a future issue.
This story is the third in my Reeves series of all-dialogue pieces. The first (Writing on the Wall) appeared in Daily Science Fiction, the second (Warbling Their Way to War) in issue 8 of Plasma Frequency magazine.
There'll be more news closer to publication.
Dark They Were, Again and Again
4 July 2014
I'm delighted to announce that my 2010 Nature Futures short story, Dark They Were, and Strange Inside, will be reprinted in the Futures 2 ebook, coming from Tor in September. It's wonderful to have one's work chosen for a best-of anthology. This will be this story's fourth reprinting.
(I have also received an unrelated notifcation about another acceptance, but I'll post about that when the contractual side of things has been completed.)
And while I'm here, I'd like to wish all my readers in the USA a very happy Fourth of July!