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: News item below. Update to Bibliography page(11 July 2015).
Daily Disappearing Act
11 July 2015
I'm thrilled to announce that my short story Invisible Touch has been accepted for publication in Daily Science Fiction. That will be my third story to appear there. Unlike its predecessors, this one is not part of my 'Reeves' series.
More news closer to publication date.
Walks of Life
10 July 2015
I'm delighted to confirm that the next volume of the Postscripts anthology series from PS Publishing will contain not one but two of my short stories, namely A Walk in the Woods (originally published in Interzone) and its sequel A Walk in the Rain.
Postscripts #34/35 Breakout goes on sale in August, with pre-orders taken from late July. The announcement is here.
I'll admit to feeling chuffed that editor Nick Gevers describes me as an "ace short story writer". That's high praise indeed, especially when one considers the luminaries occupying the rest of the ToC.
Dead and Done
8 July 2015
Paul Cole has completed his marathon recording of The English Dead for his weekly Beam Me Up show on WRFR LP/FM Rockland ME (wrfr.org). As well as the climax of my story there are (as always) plenty of interesting items in Paul's podcasts, so please listen all the way through. I'd like to extend my sincere thanks to Paul for recording The English Dead. He's done an amazing job.
You can download Beam Me Up #446 and #447, or the complete set of MP3s from my Podcasts page.
3 July 2015
Previously only available in Kindle format from Amazon, my ebook None of Our Yesterdays can now be pre-ordered for $0.99 to pre-order for $0.99from iTunes and Kobo, and soon other on-line book stores such as Barnes & Noble (Nook). For a full set of links to my ebooks at these bookstores, please go to my Books & Stories page.
From the book description:
"This ebook collects two of my war-themed alternative history stories: The Peace Criminal and The Eye Patch Protocol. Both stories explore the great "what ifs" of Twentieth Century history, and will appeal to lovers of thought-provoking, character-based fiction."
24 June 2015
There'll be further good news of the acceptance variety to report here soon. I'm just waiting on the contract...
Sofa so Good!
19 June 2015
I'm thrilled to announce that my SF story First and Third will be podcast by the Hugo-winning (2010) podcasting site StarShipSofa. First and Third was originally published in Postscripts 26/27 (from PS Publishing).
16 June 2015
I'm delighted to announce that my hard SF story Survival Strategies has been reprinted in Issue 4 of The New Accelerator. This story was originally published in Neo-opsis.
And once again, I'm sharing a ToC with Deborah Walker!
15 June 2015
Although my SF story Dark They Were, and Strange Inside was reprinted online in Polish by Szortal a few weeks ago, the PDF-zine version of the magazine is now available to download (it's free!). The magazine features some very stylish artwork. My story begins on p12.
I'm sharing electrons in this issue with Deborah Walker, who encouraged me to send a story to Szortal. Thanks for the tip, Deborah!
31 May 2015
I'm delighted to announce a pair of acceptances for reprints.
Survival Strategies has been accepted for reprinting in The New Accelerator. This story was originally published in Neo-opsis 6. More details closer to publication.
Dark They Were, and Strange Inside has been translated into Polish and published by Szortal. This is the fifth reprint and third foreign language for this story, which was originally published in Nature Futures. My thanks go to Martyna Bohdanowicz for translating this story.
Pod People 3
12 May 2015
Paul Cole has now podcast Part 3 of my SF story The English Dead for his weekly Beam Me Up show on WRFR LP/FM Rockland ME (wrfr.org).
Download Beam Me Up #445 from here.
More details can be found on my Podcasts page.
11 May 2015
If you're new to my fiction, I've produced a handy guide offering some entry points.
Pod People 2
30 April 2015
Paul Cole has now podcast Part 2 of my SF story The English Dead for his weekly Beam Me Up show on WRFR LP/FM Rockland ME (wrfr.org).
Download Beam Me Up #444 from here.
More details can be found on my Podcasts page.
Updated 17 April 2015
Paul Cole has podcast Part 1 of my SF story The English Dead for his weekly Beam Me Up show on WRFR LP/FM Rockland ME (wrfr.org). He's incorporated some neat sonic enhancements appropriate to a story set on Mount Everest. Part 2 (and if required, Part 3) will appear in future editions of the podcast. This edition (No. 443) also includes an intriguing SF story by David Scholes (Living on Compressed Time),
Download Beam Me Up #443 from here.
More details can be found on my new Podcasts page.
Radio On The Up
27 March 2015
I'm delighted to announced that Paul Cole will be podcasting my mountaineering SF story The English Dead as part of his weekly Beam Me Up show on WRFR lp/fm Rockland ME (wrfr.org). This will be the first time one of my stories has been podcast. I'll post more details here in due course.
The English Dead was originally published in Hub 36 (2007).
14 March 2015
I've created dedicated web pages listing my QuarterReads stories and memoirs. Each link will take you directly to the corresponding piece (remember: $5 buys you 20 reads at QuarterReads).
If you enjoy reading my pieces on QuarterReads, please "favorite" me. That way you will receive emails from them about any pieces I publish there in the future.
11 March 2015
My SF collection Moondust Memories has received another 5* review, this time from author Deborah Walker: "Intelligent and thought provoking short science fiction stories. Just my cup of tea." (Amazon.co.uk)
Kindle ebook (USA & UK) and paperback (USA & UK) editions are available.
4 March 2015
Another of my memoirs is now available on QuarterReads. How I saved Apollo 11 should appeal to anyone interested in the history of space flight and television broadcasting.
26 February 2015
It's not science fiction, or indeed fiction at all, but hopefully Shanghaied in Tucson (or, How I gave up writing Science Fiction and learned to love Frances Burney) will amuse my readers. This culture clash memoir is available at QuarterReads ($5 buys 20 reads). It was originally published in The Burney Letter in 2007.
(And no, I didn't give up writing Science Fiction...)
25 January 2015
My new ebook, Family Tree, has attracted a couple of very pleasing reviews (two on Amazon.com, one also on Amazon.co.uk). On his blog, Dylan Hearn opines that "Family Tree is a paean to teachers and the positive effect they can have on their pupil’s lives." I can't argue with that.
Supplying Demand at QuarterReads
23 January 2015
My SF short story Supply and Demand in the Post-War Economy is now available to read at QuarterReads. This is the third story in my 'Reeves' series and my eleventh to be reprinted at QuarterReads. The earlier Reeves stories are Writing on the Wall and Warbling Their Way to War.
A $5 payment purchases 20 reads at QuarterReads, which now offers 600+ stories, poems and essays from 170 authors for your reading pleasure.
5 January 2015
My new ebook, Family Tree, is released today. It is available in Kindle and epub formats from most on-line ebook retailers, including Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, iTunes (UK), iTunes (US), Kobo, Barnes & Noble (Nook) and Smashwords. For links to other retailers, please visit my Books page.
This short story, which was originally published in Helix (2008), 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, this story is for you.
Other Recent News
Freebies at QuarterReads
29 December 2014
I have two free reads to give away at QuarterReads. If you'd like to receive one of them, please send me a message using my contact form.
This is a great opportunity for readers and writers alike to give QuarterReads a try. The site currently hosts 600+ short stories, poems and essays by 150 writers, which are usually purchased on a $5 for 20 reads basis.
23 December 2014
If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a very merry one!
Wishing everyone a pleasurable end to this year and a happy 2015.!
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.
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.