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Most recent changes: News item below and upate to Bibliography (26 March 2017).
26 March 2017
I'm very pleased to announce that I have received an acceptance from The Centropic Oracle for my flash story Invisible Touch. This is my first acceptance from this podcaster.
Invisible Touch was originally published by Daily Science Fiction.
Service Provider Reminder
23 March 2017
If you're a writer seeking an experienced and objective view of one or more of your short story drafts, please note that I offer written critiques for pieces in the 500-10000 words range. If you're interested, please read the information here and then contact me.
A Tale of Bee Futures Past
Updated 9 March 2017
Yesterday's Near-Future Fictions Vol. 01 | Virtual Futures Salon was a great success, featuring excellent readings of a dozen flash-length stories. My thanks go to all the organisers, particularly director Luke Robert Mason who organised the event with great aplomb, Dr. Helen Marshall who gave a thought-provoking keynote speech, and Tom Chisholm, who read Bee Futures on my behalf. It's never easy to read someone else's work aloud, but Tom did a very good job.
As well as enjoying the readings, I got to chat with several of the authors and actors afterwards. I shall definitely attend more Virtual Futures events.
I've blogged about how Bee Futures came to be. If you would like to read the story for free or in one of my ebooks, you'll find the necessary links in that post.
7 March 2017
I hear that only a handful of tickets remain for Near-Future Fictions Vol. 01 | Virtual Futures Salon, which will be held at Lights of Soho in London tonight (18:30 GMT).
Avoid the sting of disappointment from missing an actor-reading of Bee Futures by purchasing a ticket now!
One That Got Away
4 March 2017
I'm delighted to announce that Speculative 66 will be publishing my micro-flash SF story Gone Fishing in their April issue. This will be my third story to appear there.
Bees Alight in Soho
2 March 2017
I'm delighted to announce that there will be a reading of my Nature Futures tale Bee Futures (by an actor) during the Near-Future Fictions Vol. 01 | Virtual Futures Salon, which will be held at Lights of Soho in London on Tuesday 7 March.
Tickets for this event can be purchased here.
2 March 2017
I'm pleased to announce that The Last Botnet has been accepted for reprinting in Digital Fiction Publishing's QuickFic. This story originally appeared in Nature Physics Futures (2008).
I'll post more details in due course.
22 February 2017
For those of you who prefer print to pixels, you'll find that my second collection of short stories, Sons of the Earth, is now available in a paperback edition from Amazon. I reckon it makes a good companion to my first collection (Moondust Memories) in terms of content and cover.
If you prefer ebooks, please note that the Kindle edition of Sons of the Earth will be discounted by at least 50% for seven days from 23 February (Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk only).
Minimal Junk Here
6 February 2017
My micro-flash SF story Junk Lover can be found in Issue 5 of Speculative 66, which has just been published. This is my second story to appear there.
29 January 2017
If you are a member of the British Science Fiction Association and wish to vote in the second round of their 2016 Awards, you have until midnight on Tuesday, 31 January. There are four categories: novels, shorter fiction (ahem), non-fiction, and artwork. The results of this round of voting will determine the final shortlists, which usually contain four or five works.
28 January 2017
I'm delighted to announce that Speculative 66 will be publishing my micro-flash SF story Junk Lover in their February issue. This will be my second story to appear there.
Partial Eclipse of the Moon
19 January 2017
I've dropped the price of the Kindle edition of Moondust Memories, my first collection of SF stories, to £0.99 at Amazon.co.uk and $0.99 at Amazon.com. The deal ends at 12:00 AM on 26 January (GMT/PST).
There are three 5* reviews of the collection here.
17 January 2017
Recently, my good friend and widely-acclaimed fellow SF writer Jacey Bedford suggested that I posted on the Milford SF Writers' Conference's blog about the prevalence of Milford alumni on this year's BSFA Awards longlists. So here is that post!
Art Listed Inside!
9 January 2017 (updated)
I'm delighted to announce that my SF story Insider Art, which appeared in Abyss & Apex 58, has been nominated in the BSFA Awards (2016) Shorter Fiction category.
If you're a BSFA member and would like to read this story before considering whether to vote for it in Round 2 of the ballot, which closes on 31 January, you can find it here.
Servicing Your Stories
4 January 2017
My critiquing service for short fiction in the speculative genres is now open. If you are interested in having your stories critiqued by "ace short story writer Vaughan Stanger"**, please read this page and then contact me.
There's an introductory offer for flash-length stories running throughout January!
I look forward to reading and critiquing your short stories.
** Postscripts editor Nick Gevers in the PS Publishing newsletter (10 July 2015).
Happy New Year!
1 January 2017
I wish everyone a wonderful 2017!
The Saga of String
31 December 2016 (updated)
Mariah Avix's podcast of String-Driven Thing for 600 Second Saga has gone live. She has done a marvellous job, really bringing out the characters' voices. If you enjoy the podcast, please rate and review it, e.g. on iTunes or 600 Second Saga's YouTube channel.
String-Driven Thing originally appeared in Nature Futures (2009).