Monday, September 16, 2019

Squirrels, Foxes and Other Romanian Specimens

I'm very pleased to anounce that my short story Squirrels, Foxes and other Fine Specimens has been accepted by Romanian magazine Helion SF. This will be my second story in Romanian, following my ubiquitous flash fiction tale The Gondolier several years back.

Squirrels etc. was first published on the podcast Escape Pod and this will be its first translation.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Book Review: Spaceside by Michael Mammay

Michael Mammay’s debut novel Planetside was highly addictive and very impressive. It introduced us to Colonel Carl Butler, who was sent to investigate the disappearance of a counsellor’s son on far Cappa Three. The fallout of that mission forms the background to Spaceside, in which Butler is back home on Talca 4, in a corporate security job, having been quietly retired from the military.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Monday, September 02, 2019

Escapades in Galician

My short story Escapades in Time, which was recently podcast at Tall Tale TV, has been accepted for publication by Galician webzine Nova Fantasia. This is my third story in Galician, following Travel by Numbers and The Gondolier several years back.

You can see it here.

Sunday, September 01, 2019

The Gondolier in Danish

While updating my Gondolier-related information after WorldCon, I realised that the Danish translation was never posted here due to an unfortunate oversight. So here it is:


 Den sorte stævn af min gondol skære jævnt gennem den rolige vande af den kanaler. Den slanke håndværk havde tjent mig godt i mange år, udført passagerer gennem den byens vandveje under den vejledende hænder af generationer af min forgængere.

      Den solen var indstillingen over den antikke stad, drejning den vand til blæk bånd ligget mellem elegante sandsten bygninger. Jeg åndede dybt af den køligt aften brise.

      Var der enhver sted smukkere end dette vidunderligt sted af kanaler? Som den båd lettet indvendig dens fortøjning jeg stoppede til blik med tilfredshed op til den mørkfarvning luften af Mars.

Translated by Olåf Spilka

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Book Review: Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear

A sentient salvage ship named Singer and its crew encounter ancient alien technology and evidence of a terrible crime in Ancestral Night, the first volume of Elizabeth Bear’s new space opera series White Space.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Gondolier in Klingon

As premiered at WorldCon last week, here's the Klingon translation of The Gondolier, translated by Alan Anderson of the Klingon Language Institute.

bIQtIq pargh bIQ beb jot SIj ra'wI' DujwIj 'et qIj.

qaStaHvIS DIS law' mutoy'chu' Dujvam vaQ.

qaStaHvIS puq poH law' veng bIQtIq tawDaq raQpo'pu' lupmeH luDevta' no'wI' ghopDu' po'.

veng tIQ DungDaq ghIrlI' jul 'ej wovHa'choH chal.

nagh qachmey 'IH jojDaq qoSta' Hurghqu' moj bIQ.

tlhom SuS bIr vItlhuHchu'.

nuqDaq 'IH law' bIQtIq taw vengvam Dun 'IH puS?

QIt verghpu'pa' Duj jIyev 'ej HurghchoHlI'bogh chal vIbej.

muyonmoHbej qo'wIj, Mars.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Review of Planetside Quoted in Spaceside

My copy of Michael Mammay's Spaceside arrived today and, rather excitingly, inside is a quote from my review of his previous book Planetside. Spaceside joins a small shelf of 4 books that contain quotes from me!

Monday, August 19, 2019

A Day at Dublin WorldCon

I’ve driven past the Dublin Convention Centre numerous times while I’ve been in Dublin on business, but this was my first time venturing into the huge glass edifice that features endless zigzagging escalators that seemingly reach for the stars. There were 6000 people expected at WorldCon, which meant it was almost impossible to find anyone you were hoping to bump into at random. The programme was also vast, but I’d downloaded the app to help me keep track of which items I wanted to see and when they were on.

Read the rest of my account at SF Crowsnest.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Gondolier Display

Here's me, next to a photo of me, next to the display of my story The Gondolier in 42 languages, at WorldCon in Dublin.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Book Review: The Redemption of Time by Baoshu

The Three Body trilogy was an epic tale of alien invasion, stunning large-concept feats of engineering, long-scale social development and tragic tales of the individuals caught up in events beyond their control. It was a cult phenomenon in China when first published and, like many popular books, spawned its own fan fiction.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.