Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Valley Has Two faces

My 1800 word story The Valley Has Two Faces has been accepted by Domain SF and is now on-line for your reading pleaseure. You have to log on when you get to the site before you can read the stories.

Domain SF's theme revolves around this:

The future has some profound, existential problems for our species to resolve if we are to persist into the far future. Two of the themes related to these problems are:

  • What it means to be human
  • How humans relate to the natural environment as their technologies become ever-more powerful

As soon as I read that I realised that my stoory was a perfect fit. Admittedly I've thought the same before about other stories and other venues, but this time I was right!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hiking in Polish

I was contacted this week by Polish webzine Szortal, who would like to translate my story Hiking in My Head that first appeared in Daily Science Fiction. This will be my second story in Polish, following Inside Every Successful Man that was published in Fahrenheit in 2009. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Crowd Control

I'm very pleased that my collaborative story Crowd Control has been bought by Perihilion magazine. This was written as a blind collaboration in which the other authors didn't know what the plot was - much like the original story The Blind Collaborators.

My co-authors in the venture are Aliette de Bodard, Nancy Fulda, John Murphyy, Deborah Walker and Sylvia Spruck Wrigley. I'll write more about the process of creating the story in a future post.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Futures 2 Anthology Launched

Futures 2 Anthology, featuring the best stories from Nature magazine's Futures column, was launched at WorlCon on Friday evening. The anthology is available in various e formats, and includes my story World Wire Web, along with a host of well known authors and fabulous stories.

I was at the launch party where I met editors Henry Gee again and Colin Sullivan for the first time, as well as several of the other authors.

Monday, August 11, 2014

WorldCon Approaches

LonCon 3 - WorldCon - the World Science Fiction Convention, starts at the Excel Centre in London on Thursday. I'm going on Friday and Saturday - it's only an hour's drive from my house. This will be my first WorldCon so I'm pretty excited, especially as I'll be attending the book launch for the Futures 2 anthology.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Spanish Review

A nice review on Smashwords of my short story collection Paralelismos:

Un gran descubrimiento. Me ha encantado, es un libro de ciencia ficcion al 100%, me ha enganchado des de el primer momento. Las historias son inmersiva y te metes de lleno en ellas. Se desarrollan todas con un ritmo perfecto que te mantiene sumergido de principio a fin, quedándote con ganas de más.

Which roughly translates as:

A great find. I was delighted, it's a science fiction book 100%, I was hooked from the first moment. The stories are immersive and you get right into them. All are developed with perfect rhythm that keeps you immersed from beginning to end, leaving you wanting more.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Appearing In Somebody Else's Collection

A while ago I worked with Ken Schneyer on one of his short stories Grapple With Thee, a minimaly sfnal futuristic legal / political tale of corporate greed and single-mindedness.

Ken has been nominated for the Nebula and Sturgen awards and his work has appeared in many top-notch magazines, so it was a pleasure to work with him. It's even more exciting that Ken's first collection is being published imminently in print and ebook format by Stillpoint Digital, and Grapple With Thee is included among the thirteen stories therein.

Entitled The Law and the Heart, the collection is described thus:

Exploring the seams where humanity and technology, society and individuality intersect, Nebula- and Sturgeon-nominated author Kenneth Schneyer presents thirteen mind-bending, thought-provoking tales of near and far futures that will amuse, amaze, and unsettle. The law will change, and the heart will change, and the heart will change the law. These stories confront the question of just what makes and keeps us human.

I'm looking forward to getting a copy soon.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Sound of Reviewing

The first review of IGMS #38 is up at Tangent Online, 'the genre's premiere review magazine for short SF & Fantasy since 1993.'

Of 'The Sound of Death', reviewer Michelle Ristuccia concludes by saying:

As hard as Jones works to present the reader with a profoundly alien world, he puts equal effort into painting Ek-Lo-Don as a sympathetic character solving a mystery that plays on the aliens' human-like nature.
 That's pretty much what I was aiming for, so I'm happy with that.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Side Show Freaks

My post on the story nehind the story of 'The Sound of Death' is now online at the IGMS blog Side Show Freaks.

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Sound of Death at IGMS

My 6300 word alien murder mystery is now on line at IGMS with absolutely awesome artwork by Scott Altmann.

This is my 7th pro sale and a story I'm really proud of.

From the editorial:

Our cover story is "The Sound of Death" by British author Gareth D. Jones, proving that while murder is universal, exploring an alien world and culture through the eyes and ears of a detective investigating that murder is an event not soon forgotten.

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