Saturday, January 18, 2020

Three Occitan Tales

Rather excitingly, three of my stories have been accepted for publication by Diu Negre, a website of science fiction, fantasy and horror in  Occitan.

The three stories to be translated are The Gondolier, Englebert and The Righteous Indignation of the Naked Mole Rat.

Occitan will be my 28th published language.

The Gondolier, being the shortest, is up first and you can read it here.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Neon Yeti

Long-running UK literary magazine Neon has accepted my non-prose story Expenses Claim for Snowdonia Bigfoot Expedition. I'm really excited to see how this will look in print as it's a decidedly unusual format.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Galician Observers

My short story Observers, recently published in Emerging Worlds, has been accepted by Galician webzine Nova Fantasia - my fourth story in Galician. They work pretty quickly at Nova Fantasia, so you can read it here already!

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Magazines Review: Visions #2: Visions of Humanity

The second issue of Visions magazine landed on the doormat with a solid thud: a chunky, serious-looking magazine of 256 pages in red, black and white with monochrome illustrations, innovative fonts and unconventional layout. I had been very impressed with the first single-themed issue when it came out earlier in the year, so I was intrigued to see what this second volume would bring under the title Visions Of Humanity.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Authorial Activities in 2019

My writing and publishing has slowed down over the past few years, but 2019 was not a bad year for both. I wrote six flash fiction stories at the beginning of the year, co-wrote a novelette with Alex and Haydn during the summer and then wrote another short story in November.

In terms of stories published this year, I had two stories podcast in English, stories published in Estonian, Galician, Hungarian and Romanian, a short story published in English and a reprint of a novelette. I also had a story accepted for a Slovenian magazine, and I was expecting the publication of Putting the Science in Fiction in Korean, so that's at least two lined up for 2020.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Book Review: Radicalized by Cory Doctorow

Don’t you hate it when technology tells you what to do? My car keeps telling me what gear to change into. It’s so annoying! If I wanted my car to tell me what gear to change into I’d have bought an automatic! I know how to drive a car without being told what gear to change into!

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Monday, December 02, 2019

The Gondolier Reprint: Ligurian

The Ligurian, or Genovese, translation of The Gondolier appeared on the website Genoves a few years back, but the website has since vanished. Here's the translation again.

O Gondolê

A neigra proa da mæ gondola a se fava stradda spedia tra e carme ægoe di canæ. A luxente barca a l'aveiva filòu pe tanti anni, pe portâ i pasagê atraverso i corsci d'ægoa da çitæ, goidâ da-e man de generaçioin di mæ antighi.
O sô o calava in sciâ çitæ vegia, e o rendeiva l'ægoa 'n frexetto d'inciòstro desteizo tramezo a-i eleganti palaççi de pria. Ò respiòu profondamente a fresca brixa da seia.

Gh'ea miga 'n pòsto ciù bèllo che questa mâvegiôza çitæ di canæ? Mentre a barca a s'avixinava a l'òrmézzo, me son fermòu a amiâ de d'ato, sodisfæto, o fâ da seia in scî çê de Marte.

Translated by Alan Gazzano

Friday, November 29, 2019

Squirrels and Foxes in Romania

The Romanian translation of Squirrels, Foxes and Other Fine Specimens is out now in the latest issue of Helion SF.

For the first time ever I have top billing on the cover!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Book review: Luna: Moon Rising by Ian McDonald

Things are changing on the Moon as the third volume of Ian McDonald’s Luna trilogy, Moon Rising kicks off. The remaining four Dragons of the Moon and their powerful and rich families are still plotting and fighting amongst themselves while the remains of the Corta family live in exile and fear in several supposedly safe locations spread across the habitats of the Moon.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

The Ballad of Robinson Clyde

Alex's latest story The Ballad of Robinson Clyde is out now at Emerging Worlds. Its a lyrical kind of a story that put me in mind of J.G. Ballard.