Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Book Review: Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu

Another of renowned Chinese author Cixin Liu’s novels has been translated for our enjoyment by Joel Martinsen in the form of Ball Lightning, a hard-SF, physics-based tale of obsession, complicated mathematics and the force of nature.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Friday, August 03, 2018


My 16,000 word novelette Quivira, co-written with Jonathan Gillespie, is now available at The Society of Misfit Stories.
Described (by me) as Avatar meets Lord of the Rings, I'm hoping it will be picked up by a major film director!

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Book Review: Planetside by Michael Mammay

Set around two millennia in the future in a society of planetary colonisation and terraforming, Planetside is Michael Mammay’s debut novel of mystery and conspiracy against the backdrop of a prolonged planetary war.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Quoted on the Cover

I received a copy of the new paperback version of Our Memory Like Dust by Gavin Chait, and I was rather excited to see that my review of the hardback version was quoted on the back cover. It's the third book to add to my 'Quoted on the Cover' shelf!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Book Review: The Quanderhorn Xperimentations by Rob Grant and Andrew Marshall

Like other great comedy Science Fiction novels before it, The Quanderhorn Xperimentations is based on a BBC Radio series or, at least so the cover of the book says, though it also claims to have travelled back in time to be written before it occurred and also possibly to be a true story, so who knows what to believe?

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Parsec Award Nomination

I'm rather excited to hear that the podcast of my Victorian time-travel story The Long Afternoon of Sir Rupert Moncrief on Gallery of Curiosities has been nominated for a Parsec Award in the Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form) category.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Book Review: Nemo Rising by C. Courtney Joyner

It’s a long time since I read 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne, so I don’t remember a great deal about it. Admittedly, it’s even longer than that since Jules Verne wrote it in 1870. Nemo Rising features the return of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus, as well as more sea creatures, marvellously advanced technology and dodgy seamen.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Book Review: Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi

In a complete change from his high concept, far future Jean le Flambeur trilogy, Hannu Rajaniemi takes us back to 1938 for his latest novel, Summerland. It’s a world of espionage, brewing conflict and political intrigue, set amongst various government departments where Rachel White is trying to discover the truth behind a Russian defector’s claim that there is a traitor in the British government’s security services.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Book Review: After Atlas by Emma Newman

‘Planetfall’ was a fabulously engaging novel of deep characterisation and otherworldy intrigue that left me highly impressed. ‘After Atlas’ and ‘Before Mars’ are both dubbed as ‘Planetfall’ novels, as they are set in the same universe, but the stories are seemingly unconnected other than a shared background and references to the departure of Atlas, the ship that carried the colonists featured in ‘Planetfall’.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.