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 ebooks, 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 changes: News item below (8 September 2014).
Moondust for one dollar a pop - until Sunday
13 September 2014
The Kindle edition of my SF collection Moondust Memories is available to purchase from Amazon.com for just $0.99 (plus sales tax) until midnight (PST) tomorrow (14 September).
Review quotes for Moondust Memories:
"The tell-tale sign of great speculative fiction is that you are still thinking about it days after you finish reading. This has been the case for me with Moondust Memories. Highly recommended." (Dylan Hearn)
"In summary, 'Moondust Memories' is a rewarding read in the best possible way. A wonderful collection of thought-provoking and challenging stories that you will enjoy whether you're a fan of sci-fi or not.(Paul Laville).
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.
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 pre-order from: http://bit.ly/1kmtXrG
(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.
Other Recent News
The Ultimate Show in Brazil - The Final Score!
16 July 2014
Germany won the World Cup final, so I've just donated £80 (TTA Press sweepstake winnings plus ebook royalties plus personal top-up) to Oxfam. My thanks go to those who bought The Ultimate Show during the competition.
The Ultimate Show in Brazil - The Final!
9 July 2014
Unfortunately, I'll be away during the climax of the World Cup. The good news (for Oxfam) is that Germany have reached the final, so I'll be able to donate some money courtesy of my winnings (either £45 or £75, depending on the outcome) from the TTA Press Sweepstake.
There's still time to augment that total by purchasing The Ultimate Show from your usual ebook store**. It is in a good cause: 80% of the royalties earned during the World Cup go to Oxfam.
I'll post a final update on the charity donation total when I return (15 or 16 July).
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!
The Ultimate Show in Brazil - Revised Tactics
16 June 2014
After a rather slow start* to my bid to raise some money for charity, I'm increasing the percentage of royalties donated to Oxfam from all sales of The Ultimate Show during the World Cup to 80%, from 50%. (The other 20% goes to my long-suffering cover artist, who deserves some recompense for his sterling efforts on my behalf.)
Please consider buying The Ultimate Show from your usual ebook store**. It is in a good cause.
* Unlike the football!
** If you're an iTunes/iBooks user and want to support this campaign, send me a message and I'll sort something out for you.
The Ultimate Show in Brazil
12 June 2014
The World Cup starts today. Joy for many, suffering for some. Or should that be the other way round?
Many years ago, prompted by several writer-friends of mine who assured me that no one would publish a speculative sports story, I wrote a World Cup fantasy tale titled Extra Time. Hub published it in 2009 and Trevor Denyer reprinted it in Hellfire Crossroads Volume 1 only last year. I've also self-reprinted Extra Time in my ebook mini-collection The Ultimate Show.
From today, for the duration of the World Cup (ends 13 July), I'll be donating 50% of any royalties I receive from sales of The Ultimate Show to Oxfam, a British charity easing suffering throughout the world. What's more, I'll donate 100% of any winnings I make from the TTA Press World Cup sweepstake. I've drawn Germany.
The Ultimate Show is available in Kindle format from all branches of Amazon, also in epub format from Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. If you'd like to support me, please go to my Books page and follow the link to the appropriate on-line store.
Needless to say, there will be reminders and progress updates throughout the course of the tournament.
Another Review of Moondust Memories
6 June 2014
Moondust Memories has collected another 5* review on Amazon. Here is what Paul Laville has to say:
"In summary, 'Moondust Memories' is a rewarding read in the best possible way. A wonderful collection of thought-provoking and challenging stories that you will enjoy whether you're a fan of sci-fi or not. ‘Touching Distance’ is probably my most favourite story of the collection but I won’t spoil that here, just go read it and you’ll see why. ‘Star in a Glass’, ‘String-Driven Thing’ and the utterly gorgeous ‘Stars in Her Eyes’, not to mention ‘Slices of Life’, are all worth the ticket price alone. Each one of those stories is worth five stars individually, and each makes 'Moondust memories' as a whole much more worthy of its collective five stars than most of the factory pap churned out year after year by many of the populist authors at the top of the bestseller list." (Full review here.)
The Kindle edition of Moondust Memories is only £1.99 to buy from Amazon.co.uk and $3.35 from Amazon.com. Paperback editions are also available from these outlets.
3 June 2014
In a post I made just after Christmas 2013, I mentioned a short article I wrote for the British Science Fiction Association's Focus magazine (no. 61), in which I described my experiences to date of indie publishing. Now the whole issue is available online. It is full of interesting and enlightening articles on all aspects indie-publishing and the small-presses. I strongly recommend the whole issue to anyone starting out on this path. Even experienced practioners should read it, as there are always new tricks for old dogs to learn.
Old Home for New Dreams
2 June 2014
I'm happy to announce that my short story In Every Dream Home has just been published in Neo-opsis 24.
If you recognise where I've lifted the title from you'll probably get a clue as to this story's theme. If not, it's another of my disquieting ruminations on what new technology might do to human relationships.
Neo-opsis is a long-established Canadian science fiction and fantasy magazine, edited by Karl and Stephanie Ann Johanson. Another of my sf stories, Survival Strategies, appeared in issue 6. Needless to say, I'm delighted to see my work appear their again.