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Most recent changes:
- News post below and update to Bibliography and Podcasts pages (21 July 2018).
- Removed Critiquing Service page and updated Contact page re. my use of the information contained in its messsage form (18 May 2018).
The One Oracle
21 July 2018
I'm delighted to announce that my SF short story One Is One has been accepted for podcasting by The Centropic Oracle. This will be my second story to be podcast by them. I'll post more details here in due course.
One Is One was originally published in Third Flatiron's Cat's Breakfast anthology.
Orbiting Future Life
20 July 2018
I'm pleased to announce that my SF short story Slices of Life has been accepted for reprinting in Future Orbit Magazine, a new publication from New Zealand. I'll post more details in due course.
Slices of Life was originally published in issue 2 of 3SF magazine.
The Bonuses of Sin
20 July 2018
My short story The Eye Patch Protocol is slated for reprinting in the Sins and Other Worlds anthology. The publisher, Shacklebound Books, is currently running a Kickstarter. The anthology's ToC looks wonderful and there are some nice bonuses on offer to backers, some of them involving goodies supplied by me. If you feel able to support this exciting project, please click here.
14 July 2018
I've received some good news from an anthology editor, who has accepted one of my previously published stories for translating and reprinting in an anthology. I'll post details here when I have them.
Extra Time Boost
12 July 2018
As Brazil didn't make it to the World Cup semi-finals, I won't be receiving any winnings from the TTA Press sweepstake, alas! However, I have promised to donate any royalties I receive from ebook and POD-book sales during the World Cup (15 June to 15 July) to English PEN. So there is still time to contribute to this deserving cause by purchasing one of my books.
if you're a Smashwords user, please note that the ebook editions of my short-story collections Moondust Memories and Sons of the Earth are available for 50% off throughout July. Please use coupon code SSW50 at the checkout.
Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish France and Croatia good luck in the final. It should be a cracker!
A Smashing First Half!
2 July 2018
The ebook editions of my short-story collections Moondust Memories and Sons of the Earth & Other Stories are available for 50% off from Smashwords throughout July. Please use coupon code SSW50 at the checkout.
Buy: Moondust Memories
Buy: Sons of the Earth
If you buy either of these ebooks from Smashwords by 15 July I will donate my royalties to English PEN, as part of my World Cup charity fundraising efforts (see post below for more details).
World Cup oPEN for Charity Donations
Updated 28 June 2018
Yay! Brazil are through to the knockout stages of the World Cup. I'm crossing tentacles that they'll make it at least to the semi-finals -- although hopefully not at the expense of England -- so I can donate any TTA Press World Cup 2018 Sweepstake winnings I receive to English PEN, a charity supporting freedom of expression around the world.
But you can boost my donation!
I will donate all royalties I earn from sales of my self-published books during the World Cup (which ends on 15 July) to English PEN, whether or not I receive anything from the aforementioned sweepstake. So, if you'd like to support my fundraising please get clicking. The pictures on this page will take you to purchase links at Amazon.co.uk, but my books are also available at all other Amazon stores, also Smashwords, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, etc.
Protocols for Sin
30 May 2018
I'm delighted to announce that Shacklebound Books has accepted my SF short story The Eye Patch Protocol for reprinting in its planned Sins and Other Worlds anthology.
This story was originally published in End of an Aeon in 2011.
Awake and Warbling
22 May 2018
I'm delighted to announce that Manawaker Studio has accepted my Sf short story Warbling Their Way to War for its Flash Fiction Podcast.
This is the second story in my 'Reeves' series. It was originally published in Plasma Frequency Magazine and will be my third story podcast by Manawaker Studio.
Paul Cole RIP
20 May 2018
I'm very sad to learn that Paul Cole, the man behind the Beam Me Up podcast, has died. A few years ago, Paul recorded a wonderfully atmospheric five-part audio version of my story The English Dead. He also arranged for a colleague to record another of my stories, Stars in Her Eyes. Paul and I only ever interacted by email, but he always struck me as a lovely guy.
Virtually Time to Dream
15 May 2018
This evening, I'l be at the Library Club in London reading my new story Dreamtime (a sequel to Stars in Her Eyes) at the last of the current series of Near-Future Fictions events hosted by Virtual Futures. I will also be introducing the second half of the evening's readings. There may still be a few tickets left, but be warned: they have been selling very quickly.
Collect the Set
11 May 2018
If you've enjoyed reading my newly published (and free to read!) stories at Electric Athenaeum and Speculative 66 why not try some more? You'll find the ebook editions of my two short story collections are currently only £0.99 / $0.99 at your favourite on-line stores.
Moondust Memories at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Smashwords, iTunes (US), iTunes (UK).
Sons of the Earth & Other Stories at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Smashwords, iTunes (US), iTunes (UK).
Prices will revert to their usual levels at the end of May.
Electric Is Go!
Updated 10 May 2018
My SF short story Good To Go has just been published on Electric Athenaeum's website as part of Issue 01, which addresses the theme of For Future Generations.
This is my 40th story to find a home. I am particularly pleased to be supporting this exciting new SF publishing venture from Anglia Ruskin University (UK). If you are interested in joining the conversation about this story, please use the hashtag #ea0114 on Twitter.
Update: I have written some notes about this story in a blog post (as well as on Twitter). Feel free to comment there, too.
Tangible Ghosts Save Lives
8 May 2018
Originally available only as an ebook, the charity anthology The Second Christmas Book of Ghosts, which reprints my story Brown Cat Blues, is now available in a paperback edition. Editor/publisher Michael S. Collins is raising funds for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland.
Taking Route 66 to Work
6 May 2018
Speculative 66 has published my micro-fic The Working Week in Issue 19. This webzine is free to read and contains lots of excellent short, sharp shocks of the literary variety.
Odd Problem to Wonder About
1 May 2018
Issue 9 of Odd Tales of Wonder magazine has just been published. It contains a reprint of my (very) short SF story Someone Else's Problem and is available to buy as an ebook from Amazon.
Your Weekly Speculation
30 April 2018
I'm delighted to announce that the editor of Speculative 66 has accepted my micro-fic The Working Week for publication in Issue 19, which will be published on 6 May.
That will be my fourth story to appear there!
Making Tomorrow's Family Visible
21 April 2018
Here's a gentle reminder that my SF story Family Tree has been reprinted* in Issues for Tomorrow: A science fiction anthology. This anthology is available to buy from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. The line-up of stories looks intriguing.
Small publishers like Indie Authors Press benefit significantly when their books are reviewed and rated, so if you have read this book, or intend to do so, please provide some feedback at Amazon. It really does help.
* Now in the print edition as well as the ebook.
Dreamtime is Nearer
16 April 2018
Tickets for the "Post-Brain" Near-Future Fictions event organised by Virtual Futures and co-curated by Stephen Oram and me, which will be held in Central London on Tuesday 15 May, are now on sale for £6 at Eventbrite.
I'm looking forward to reading my new story Dreamtime at this event.
Round 'Em Up Spaceboy
21 March 2018
I'm delighted to be able to share some details about the good news I've received recently:
My SF story Good to Go will appear in the debut issue ("For Future Generations") of Electric Anthenaeum, a new British online publication that will be launched shortly.
My SF story Family Tree will be reprinted in She Blended Me With Science, an anthology forthcoming from Flatwater Press. This story was originally published in Helix (2008).
My SF micro-story Someone Else's Problem will be reprinted in either issue 9 or 10 of Odd Tales of Wonder magazine.This story was originally published in 50-Word Stories (2017).
I've also received a very pleasing acceptance for a previously unpublished story, but the details on that one remain embargoed for now.
More news in due course!
Issues for Tomorrow's Family
18 March 2018
I'm very pleased to announce that my SF story Family Tree has been reprinted in the Kindle ebook edition of Issues for Tomorrow: A science fiction anthology (published by Indie Authors Press). It is available to purchase from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
Reeves Brought to Book!
16 March 2018
A paperback edition of my mini-collection Reeves Indeed! is now available to purchase from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
One reviewer said about the ebook edition: "Funny. Quirky. It's a cross between Monty Python and Douglas Adams."
7 March 2018
A book blogger called the Gallifreyan Bucaneer has posted a very pleasing review of my first SF collection, Moondust Memories, here. Apparently, he wishes to see a movie made of the final story, Survival Strategies. Well, me too!
If you haven't read Moondust Memories yet, the ebook is currently available for purchase at the minimum possible price (£0.99 / $0.99) at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Smashwords, and other reputable online bookstores.
3 March 2018
I am thrilled to announce that I will be reading my SF story Dreamtime at the Virtual Futures Near-Future Fictions event on the theme of "Post-Brain" (15 May, London).
I am co-curating the evening with Stephen Oram (who accepted my submission), so I will be introducing some of the other readings. All readings at the event will be video-recorded and uploaded onto Youtube, so you will get to see me in action.
Holding pattern - it's snow joke
2 March 2018
More snow-melting warmth has landed in my inbox: I'm delighted to announce that I've bagged another pair of acceptances, one for an original story, the other for a reprint.
More news soon.
1 March 2018
My SF story One Is One is now online and free to read at Kasma SF magazine.
Kasma editor, Alex Korovessis, describes my story as "wonderful", which is heartening for any author to hear. He says the same about the artwork supplied by José Baetas and he's not wrong about that! I am a very lucky author when it comes to my illustrators.
This is the second reprinting of this story, which was originally published in Third Flatiron Publications' Cat's Breakfast: Kurt Vonnegut Tribute anthology last year. But this is the first time it has appeared online.
Kasma Is One
27 February 2018
(I'm now able to reveal details about one of those anthology acceptances I mentioned here a few days ago.)
I'm delighted to annnounce that Kasma SF magazine will be reprinting my SF story One is One in March. This story originally appeared in Third Flatiron Publications' Cat's Breakfast: Kurt Vonnegut Tribute anthology last year.
18 February 2018
Up to now It's been a slow start to the year on the publishing front, so it's good to report that I've received a couple of acceptances for reprints during the last few days.
More details to follow in due course.
13 February 2018
if you are interested in making use of my inexpensive critiquing service for genre short fiction, please note that it is open again. You can find details here.
I'm a highly experienced writer and critiquer of genre short stories. I'm also a first reader for a genre magazine (with several years of experience). If you need help getting a story "right", please contact me.
The Future In Kind
2 February 2018
I'm delighted to announce that I will be a member of the panel discussing utopia, dystopia, science and the future of story at the book launch for Jule Owen's latest novel, The Kind. The launch will be held in London on 19 March. The panel includes a diverse set of writers, scientists and futurists, so it should be a fascinating evening.
I first met Jule at last year's Virtual Futures Near-Future Fictions evenings, which I recommend to anyone who lives within reach of London. That series of events resumes on 20 February.
3 January 2018
A belated happy New Year to all my readers and visitors!
Here are a couple of news snippets:
My SF short story One Is One received a 2* ranking in Tangent Online's recommended reading list for 2017. That's a high ranking. This story originally appeared in Cat's Breakfast, a Kurt Vonnegut anthology published by Third Flatiron Press. Needless to say, I'm delighted.
I've finished my first novel and submitted it to a publisher's open call. It's taken me a long time, but i'm relieved I got there in the end. Interesting to note that it was my 1000th submission since I started in 1997.
That was the year that blog
24 December 2017
New blog entry here.
24 December 2017
A delay in the aforementioned family matters means that I have a moment to mention that Smashwords is holding a post-Christmas promotion. You'll find my two collections are half-price (Moondust Memories and Sons of the Earth, voucher codes: SEY50) and my newest ebook is free (Reeves Indeed!, voucher code: EY100). The promotion runs from 25 Dec to 1 Jan. My Smashwords author page is here.