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New posts in Blog (19 November 2019)
Doubly Blogged Up
19 November 2019
I've posted a couple of new items in my blog recently.
19 November: Review of The Illiterate Ghost by Alan Price.
18 November: "What if one what if collides with another what if" about my ideas generation process.
6 November 2019
I've received news of an acceptance for a reprint of my Christmas-themed story Peace on Earth. I'll post more details when everything is confirmed.
Going Blue Again
17 October 2019
I'm pleased to announce that Little Blue Marble is including my SF story Good to Go in their 2019 Climate in Crisis anthology, which collects the stories they've published this year. This anthology will be published in paperback and ebook formats.
Good to Go originally appeared in Electric Athenaeum.
The Original Indeed!
15 October 2019
I thought I'd finished writing my Reeves series of all-dialogue stories three years ago, but late last year I found myself wondering what reward I could offer backers of Eric Fomley's Kickstarter for his Sins and Other Worlds anthology. So I wrote a prologue, which I included in a special edition of my Reeves Indeed! ebook, which certain backers received.
Now it feels like the time is right for every Reeves fan to find out how their favourite robot butler met his (alleged) master. Well Met is free to read here.
Futuristic Punks for Sale
8 October 2019
Zsenon Press's new anthology, A Punk Rock Future, is now available to purchase in ebook and paperback formats. This book collects 26 SF stories, including my new flash-length piece, I Think We Need To Hear That Again. Editor Steve Zisson has assembled an eye-catching line-up of authors, including Sarah Pinsker, Erica L. Satifker, Wendy Nikel and Charles Payseur.
Available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and other Amazon stores.
Going to a Good Realm for Mortals
7 October 2019
I'm pleased to announce that a reprint of my story Good to Go will appear in a science fiction anthology forthcoming from Mortal Realm in 2020.
Good to Go was originally published by Electric Athenaeum.
Vast Dreams Await Us
25 September 2019
I'm delighted to announce that I have signed a contract for my SF story Dreamtime to appear in Vast, an anthology of stories of mind, soul and consciousness in a technological age forthcoming from Orchid's Lantern.
The editor's anthology is C.R. Dudley, co-founder of Orchid's Lantern.
Virtually Performance Art
19 September 2019
I'm delighted to announce that a short film of Andrew Wallace performing his SF story The Minus Four Sequence at this year's Virtual Futures "Autonomous Agents" event has been selected for the Bio-Fiction festival in Vienna (23-24 September). Although I was named in the the nomination (together with my fellow co-curator Stephen Oram) the achievement is all Andrew's. He wrote a fantastic story and performed it flawlessly at the event without reference to a script. I remain more than a little star-struck.
Accelerated Dead Arrive
6 September 2019
Online magazine The New Accelerator has reprinted my SF story The English Dead.
The English Dead was originally published in Hub magazine.
Bitty Bees Buzzing
22 August 2019
Jason Brick has published his anthology of bite-sized stories, Itty Bitty Writing Space, which includes a reprint of my story Bee Futures. It's available to purchase from Amazon (and, I think, other online stores).
Accelerating the Dead
22 August 2019
I'm pleased to announce that my SF story The English Dead has been accepted for reprinting by The New Accelerator magazine This will be my second story to appear there.
The English Dead was originally published in Hub magazine.
Son and Moon Dollars
2 July 2019
Smashwords is holding an ebook sale throughout July. My collections Moondust Memories and Sons of the Earth & Other Stories cost just $1.00 for the duration.
Fill your (moon) boots!
Nova Still Visible
28 June 2019
If you are a UK TV license-payer and missed my brief appearance on TV last night, you can watch it here. The film begins at about 8m30s into the show. It will remain on the BBC iPlayer until 26 July.
Televisual Moondust Memories
Updated 27 June 2019
If you are following the build-up to the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon-landing and live in the UK, you might be interested in watching The One Show on BBC Two at 7PM tomorrow (27 June). James Burke -- acclaimed TV presenter from that era -- appears in a short documentary film that was made especially for the show. I also feature in the documentary, which only lasts about four minutes, so it’s probably a case of blink and you’ll miss me. The subject is, in part, some rare films that a friend and I recovered from collectors in the 1990s, which contained unique BBC footage and commentary from the original Apollo 11 broadcasts (featuring James Burke). It may also touch on the influence the Apollo era had on my subsequent life (assuming those segments made the final cut!).
If you are UK TV licence payer and miss the programme, you can catch up with it on the BBC's iPlayer for 30 days after its transmission.
The Moon and Me was produced by Alleycats TV. Below is a publicity picture for their film.
Pre-Punk to Order
2 June 2019
Now availalble for pre-order from Amazon... Here comes A Punk Rock Future! This anthology from Zsenon Press collects 26 SF stories, including my new flash-length piece, I Think We Need To Hear That Again. It's available in ebook and paperback formats, and will be released on 8 October.
Good Going to the Blue Marble
31 May 2019
Online climate fiction 'zine Little Blue Marble has reprinted my SF story Good to Go. It's free to read here.
(Good to Go first appeared in Electric Athenaeum vol. 1.)
29 April 2019
I'm delighted to announce that New Orbit magazine has accepted my SF flash piece In Every Dream Home for reprinting. This will be my second story to appear in this New Zealand publication.
(In Every Dream Home first appeared in Neo-opsis 24.)
One is Podded
26 April 2019
The Centropic Oracle has podcast my SF story One Is One. Larissa Thompson has done a fantastic job of reading it. One can listen to the 17-minute podcast here.
(One Is One first appeared in Cat's Breakfast: A Kurt Vonnegut Tribute anthology, published by Third Flatiron Books.)
Stars In Contact
25 April 2019 (updated)
Indie Authors Press has released its First Contact anthology, which includes a reprint of my SETI story Stars in Her Eyes. The ebook and paperback editions are available to purchase from Amazon.
Stars in Her Eyes was originally published in Postscripts 17 (PS Publishing, 2008).
Reading Cheapens Reading
8 April 2019
To celebrate reading my new SF story My iBed and Me at tomorrow's Virtual Futures event on "Boundless Bodies" (tickets are still available), I'll be available afterwards to sign paperback copies of my two SF collections Moondust Memories and Sons of the Earth & Other Stories that are purchased there. If you can't attend but would like to read the collections, I'm heavily discounting the ebook editions until Sunday 14 April.
If you're purchasing the ebooks at Smashwords (Moondust Memories and Sons of the Earth), please use discount code CT87L at the checkout to obtain the $0.99 price. (If you need help converting the books from epub to mobi format, I can help. Please use my contact form.)
The Kindle editions of these collections at Amazon.com (MM and SotE), Amazon.co.uk (MM and SotE) will be reduced to $0.99/£0.99 shortly. For €0.99 offers please go to this page Amazon.(EU).
Please fill your boots!
Author Surrenders to His Robot Overlords
21 March 2019
Here's a fun picture of me getting all animated while reading my story On This Day during the recent Virtual Futures Near-Future Fictions event on Autonomous Agents.
My thanks go to Jacqueline Hammond, who has kindly given me permission to use her photograph.
Smashing Sale for World Book Day!
Updated 7 March 2019
Smashwords is holding its first Read an Ebook Week Sale, which includes World Book Day.
To mark this event and Smashword's sale, I've discounted my two collections (Moondust Memories and Sons of the Earth & Other Stories) by 50%, also two of my shorter ebooks (Reeves Indeed! and Touching Distance) are free to download. These offers end on 9 March.
You can find the purchase/download links here.
One More in a Baltic State
2 March 2019
I'm very pleased to announce that my SF story One Is One has been translated into Estonian and reprinted in Reaktor. That's my eighth story to be translated and my fourth to appear there. The translator was Mari Arumäe, to whom my particular thanks go.
One Is One was originally published in Cat's Breakfast: A Kurt Vonnegut Tribute (Third Flatiron).
Do Return to Go
26 February 2019
I'm delighted to announce that Little Blue Marble will be reprinting my SF story Good to Go. As its name suggests, Little Blue Marble publishes fiction that addresses the theme of climate change, a subject of overriding significance to me and soon, I think, to us all.
Good to Go was originally published in Electric Athenaeum last year.
Virtually the First
24 February 2019
The first Virtual Futures Near-Future Fictions anthology is now available as an ebook to pre-order from Amazon. I understand that a paperback edition will follow shortly.
This anthology includes a reprint of my story Bee Futures, which was read (not by me!) at the first of the 2017 events held in London.