Monday, August 22, 2016

Third Story Sale to Perihelion

I've sold my flash fiction story The Heat of the Night to Perihelion magazine. It will be on line on September 12th and will be my third story to appear there, following on from Rose Coloured Tentacles last year and Crowd Control the year before.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Book Review: Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson

‘Europe At Midnight’ is Dave Hutchinson’s follow up to his debut novel, the anarchically enjoyable ‘Europe In Autumn’, which I reviewed here in September 2015. I say follow-up rather than sequel because this book doesn’t follow the same character or continue the story from the first novel but the setting is the same and some of the elements introduced in the first book are followed up here.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Book Review: The Corporation Wars: Dissidence by Ken MacLeod

The first volume in Ken MacLeod’s new ‘Corporation Wars’ series, ‘Dissidence’, takes us straight into the action as we learn the back stories of the two main characters. Carlos is a reactionary/computer-hacker/terrorist in the midst of a war over London, controlling drones and weapons and swiftly meeting a violent end. Seba is a mining robot in a far distant star system who attains consciousness and quickly discovers that the powers that be are keen to quash any such self-awareness.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Book Review: The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J Walker

This sounds good, I thought. A post-apocalyptic tale about a man who has to run the length of Britain to find his family. The cover does not look like a Science Fiction book, though, it looks like a ‘literary’ book. More worryingly, when it arrived, it had a sticker on the front cover advertising the ‘BBC Radio 2 Book Club’.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Novel Anouncement

I omitted to included a link to this at the time, at Immersion Press:

'this year we hope to release a novella by Gareth D Jones'

It's a novella or short novel, depending on how you count these things. Plans aren't firmed up yet, but should be news coming soon...

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Cancelled Story

Sadly, the Electronic Encyclopaedia of Experimental Literature has ceased publication, which means they won't be publishing Expenses Claim for Snowdonia Bigfoot Expedition after all. This story seems doomed never to see the light of day.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Review: Invisible Planets: Collected Fiction by Hannu Rajaniemi

I first came cross Hannu Rajaniemi when I read the story ‘His Master’s Voice’ in Interzone. I remember being struck by its original voice and intriguing ideas as well as the fact that the protagonists were a dog and a cat.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Ten Years Ago

Ten years ago, in 2006, I'd just had several landmarks in my early career as an author:

April 2006 saw my tenth publication, and my first story to appear in print: A Word in the Right Place in Scifantastic #4

In June 2006 The Grey Void was published in Aphelion #102. This was my first sequel, a follow up to The Grey Hole published in Aphelion the previous year.

Also in June, Artefact Nouveau was published in the English edition of Greek magazine Universe Pathways. This was my first reprint in a magazine other than the original, Fluctuations having been reprinted by Bewildering Stories the previous year.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Escape Pod Story Sale

I'm very pleased to have sold my short story Squirrels, Foxes and Other Fine Specimens to Escape Pod, the leading sci fi pod cast. This will only be my 4th podcast and I'm really looking forward to hearing how it comes out.