Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Sound of Reviewing

The first review of IGMS #38 is up at Tangent Online, 'the genre's premiere review magazine for short SF & Fantasy since 1993.'

Of 'The Sound of Death', reviewer Michelle Ristuccia concludes by saying:

As hard as Jones works to present the reader with a profoundly alien world, he puts equal effort into painting Ek-Lo-Don as a sympathetic character solving a mystery that plays on the aliens' human-like nature.
 That's pretty much what I was aiming for, so I'm happy with that.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Side Show Freaks

My post on the story nehind the story of 'The Sound of Death' is now online at the IGMS blog Side Show Freaks.

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Sound of Death at IGMS

My 6300 word alien murder mystery is now on line at IGMS with absolutely awesome artwork by Scott Altmann.

This is my 7th pro sale and a story I'm really proud of.

From the editorial:

Our cover story is "The Sound of Death" by British author Gareth D. Jones, proving that while murder is universal, exploring an alien world and culture through the eyes and ears of a detective investigating that murder is an event not soon forgotten.


Monday, February 03, 2014

Book Review: Freefall by Mercurio D Rivera

I have read and enjoyed several of Mercurio D Rivera’s ‘Wergen’ stories in ‘Interzone’ over the past few years, so I was very pleased to receive a review copy of his new novella ‘Freefall’, set in the Wergen universe.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

The Gondolier in Thai

I attempted unsuccessfully to make contact with various Thai SF sites, so having failed to find this translation a home I thought I'd kick off the new year with The Gondolier in Thai.


ผู้พายเรือกอนโดลา

หัวเรือกอนโดลาที่ดำสนิทของฉันได้ตัดผ่านน้ำที่สงบนิ่งของลำคลอง เรือที่มันปลาบนี้ได้รับใช้ฉันมาอย่างดีเป็นเวลาหลายปีแล้ว บรรทุกผู้โดยสารมากมายผ่านการเดินทางทางน้ำของเมืองภายใต้การนำทางของฝีมือคนรุ่นแล้วรุ่นเล่าของบรรพบุรุษของฉัน

พระอาทิตย์กำลังตกลับเมืองเก่าแก่แห่งนี้ เปลี่ยนสายน้ำให้เป็นดั่งริบบิ้นสีหมึกที่ทาบอย่างสวยงามอยู่ระหว่างสิ่งก่อสร้างหินทรายเหล่านี้ ฉันสูดอากาศเย็นของยามค่ำสู่ลมหายใจลึก ๆ

มีที่ใดที่จะสวยงามมากไปกว่าเมืองแห่งลำคลองที่น่าอัศจรรย์นี้อีกบ้างไหม เมื่อเรือเข้าจอดอย่างสงบนิ่งที่ท่าเทียบเรือ ฉันหยุดเพื่อที่จะเพ่งมองขึ้นไปในท้องฟ้าที่มืดมิดแห่งดาวอังคารด้วยความพึงพอใจ

 

จบ

Translated by Mei Lim

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Hiking Review

Several months later, Hiking in My Head has been reviewed at Diabolical Plots, home of the Submission Grinder. The last line of the review sums up what most readers seemed to think:

'An odd tale I had to read twice to partially understand it.'
Strangely, I had to write it twice before I understood it!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Paralelismos Out Now

My Spanish short story collection Paralelismos is out now as a free ebook, with an introduction by Santiago Eximeno.



Monday, December 30, 2013

A Year of Writing


In terms of sales and publications, 2013 has been my most successful yet, though certainly not my most prolific. In terms of writing I’ve done pretty well too.

I’ve written 8 stories this year – 5 of them flash fiction and 7 of them in the first half of the year. I wrote Hiking in My Head in January and it was published in Daily Science Fiction in August. Ode to an Earthworm was completed in May and published in Looking Landwards in October. The book launch for Looking Landwards at BristolCon was my first, in which I sat on the platform and talked about my story, as well as signing 100 sheets for the limited hardback edition. The others stories are still biding their time, or being edited. From April onwards I concentrated on my novel Galaxy’s Game and wrote 60,000 words to complete it in December.

In total I’ve had 4 semi-pro and 2 professional publications this year, along with 3 more appearances for The Gondolier, in Serbian, German and Ligurian. The year was rounded off nicely with the sale of The Sound of Death to IGMS, due out in the spring.

Meanwhile I’ve collected together my 10 stories that have appeared in Spanish and with permissions from the various translators put them together into an e-book that should be ready to launch early in the new year.

So another half dozen short stories are queuing up to be written, one novel is several thousand words in, several more novels are suggesting themselves to me. Looks like 2014 could be pretty busy!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Review of Anthology of European SF - Romanian Translation

My review of the Anthology of European SF, published earlier this year in SF Crowsnest, has been translated into Romanian for SRSFF, the Romanian fantasy and SF website.

The anthology included stories translated into English, so it's only fitting that the review is translated back out of English!

Monday, December 09, 2013

Galaxy's Game Complete

Weighing in at 105,000 words, Galaxy's Game is finally complete. It was the first novel I started writing, and the third to be completed.

Phew.

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