Thursday, February 09, 2017

Book Review: The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds

I haven’t read any of Alastair Reynolds’ previous stories about interplanetary traveller Merlin, but in The Iron Tactician we have a novella of almost 100 pages that give enough hints about his background and that of the galaxy he inhabits to make previous knowledge unnecessary.



















Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.













1111

This is the seemingly-significant 1111th post on this blog!





Sunday, February 05, 2017

Small Beginings

After weeks of plotting I finally wrote the first few hundred words of my new novel. Only several tens of thousands of words to go...


Monday, January 30, 2017

Polish Tentacles

The Polish transplation of Rose Coloured Tentacles is published today in the winter special edition of Szortal. This is my third story in Polish, following Inside Every Successful Man in Fahrenheit in May 2009 and Hiking in My Head in Szortal in September 2014.


Rose coloured Tentacles was originaly published in Perihelion in May 2015.













Monday, January 23, 2017

Book Review: Now We Are Ten edited by Ian Whates

In celebration of ten years of well-known UK small press, publisher NewCon Press, editor and owner Ian Whates presents us with Now We Are Ten, an anthology of stories that in some way each feature the number ten. Some of the stories are in ten sections, some feature the number ten in some significant or symbolic way and one is a story in literally ten words.








Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Book Review: The Corporation Wars: Insurgence by Ken McLeod

The second book in The Corporation Wars trilogy, Insurgence, carries on directly from Dissidence in this multi-faceted plot involving far-future AIs, virtual reality and planetary colonisation.








Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.





Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Writing Plans for 2017

As usual, I have a whole list of story ideas and titles lined up, waiting for their turn to reach fruition and make it on to the page. I have no idea which, if any of them, I'll be working on soon, but currently I'm working on two stories - one in the style of Jack Vance and one in the style of Shakespeare, complete with iambic pentameter.


I want to work on a novel this year, after a couple of years off. I have a whole list of novels to write too, but two of them in particular are well advanced in planning and current rates of enthusiasm. Hopefully, one of them will see completion this year.





Friday, December 30, 2016

Polish Story Sale

To round off the year, my short story Rose Coloured Tentacles, which was published last year in Perihelion, has been accepted by Polish magazine Szortal.


This will be my third story published in Polish and means I have 4 stories lined up for publication next year.





Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Spaceports and Spidersilk

My oldest son Alex has sold his second story, this time to YA magazine Spaceports and Spidersilk. It's due to be published in the spring.

Continuing to develop the Jones literary heritage...



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Book Review: Crises and Conflicts edited by Ian Whates

Celebrating ten years of well-known UK small press publisher NewCon Press, editor and owner Ian Whates has launched a series of anthologies with various themes, including Crises And Conflicts, the third of such space opera and military SF anthologies from the imprint. This one includes sixteen stories by a fine array of well-known and up-and-coming authors.
 


Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.