Friday, September 12, 2014

Crowd Control at Perihilion SF

My multi-author collaborative story Crowd Control is on line today at Perihilion SF.

See if you can spot the joints!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Fellow Reader

For the first time ever, somebody said to me "I'm reading that book too!"

Except at SF conventions, I've rarely met anyone who's read any of the same books as me, never mind at the same time. I was reading the Jonathan Strahan anthology Edge of Infinity on the flight from Dublin when the stewardess checking we were all strapped in saw the book and made the comment.


I think everyone els on the flight was reading various volumes of Game of Thrones!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

The End of Barsoom

I really enjoyed the film John Carter when I saw it a year ago, unlike the critics who didn't like it at all apparently. I didn't realise until I watched it that it was based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom series, and in fact I was only vaguely aware of the books. I enjoyed the film so much that I got the entire 11 book series in omnibus edition.

 
I started them in December, reading each book individually with other books in between, and finished yesterday, 2500 pages later. I enjoyed all of them immensely, even though the plots started to become predictable. They have barely aged at all, despite being started 100 years ago. Barsoom is a fabulous place, and even though we now know nobody lives on Mars, it doesn't matter. I'm quite sad to have come to the end.

At WorldCon I picked p the omnibus edition of the first 3 volumes of Burroughs' Pellucidar series. I'm hoping they will be just as enjoyable.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

New Collaboration

My six-author collaborative story Crowd Control should be on-line in a week or so, but selling the story has inspired me to start work on another collaborative story that I started thinking about a long time ago. This time I have 12 other authors joining me! Should be fun!

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!

Earth

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.

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