Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Assorted Stories

I've come across some real gems as I've been reading through my latest influx of magazines:

In Jupiter 14 there were The Truth About Watermelon Seeds,
The Roots of Martian Civilisation and Stranded.

The highlight of Scheherazade 28 was A Token of our esteem 2298 AD .

I've just finished Forgotten Worlds 5 that included the brilliant story The Last Moments of Rapture and Peak.

I'm on to PostScripts 8 now and hoping for more.

Although these magazines contain SF, fantasy, horror and other 'speculative fiction', all of my favourites are definately in the SF arena. That's just my taste though. They're all worth reading to look for your own gems.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Online Database

An unknown benefactor out in the world of SF has put together a
Database of Online Authors, providing an alphabetical list of authors with links to their stories on line. I was about to submit my information for inclusion when I discovered that I am already on there!

There are links to two of my stories, so I've provided information for the others; they should appear within a few days.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Magazine Progress

I'm currently reading Scheherazade #28, a magazine that I've somehow overlooked previously. The review for this and for Jupiter #14 should be posted on UK SF Review at some point, though at the moment it's all quiet over there.

Meanwhile the latest news from Static Movement is that the print issue with my story The Last Adam will be out by the end of the year.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Too Late the Hero

This is the final retrospective look at one of my stories that was published before I began this blog.

Too Late the Hero is the story of a superhero who finds himself becoming obsolete due to advances in technology. It was published in Aphelion a year ago today and received a number of comments in their Lettercol.

Friday, November 10, 2006

A Feast of Eyes

I have been unable to contact the former editors of Star Trek and Science Fiction Stories, and as the site seems to have vanished I have decided to repost my story A Feast of Eyes here.

It was the first of my stories to be published and I have since decided that it occurs in the same universe as my novel. There are a couple of obscure references in the novel for the sharp eyed to spot. When I finish it, of course.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Missing Links

I've put most of the page back together finally, except some of the 'Other Links'. I can't remember what they all were, so I'll add them back in as I think of them.

While putting the story links back in I discovered that A Feast of Eyes and the whole Star Trek and Science Fiction Stories website seems to have vanished. I'll keep looking...

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

New Illustration

While putting all the lost links back together I discovered that my story The Last Adam now has an excellent illustration to go with it. It's a great picture and really adds to the emotional impact of the story.

Weekend Reading

I've been reading a fabulous Jack Vance novel Night Lamp for the past week or so. His books are full of brilliant description and characters with great names who all talk like they've come from Pride and Prejudice. He also has a phenomenal vocubulary; I have to keep a dictionary to hand while reading.

Much as I was enjoying it I took a break over the weekend to read the new issue of Jupiter magazine that turned up in the post. It's a convenient A5 size, easily manageable with one hand while drinking a cup of tea. I've written a review that should be appearing at UK SF Review in due course

Friday, November 03, 2006

A Few Paragraphs

I've started on the next chapter of the novel - only a few paragraphs so far, but I can feel it all coming back to me. Once I'm back into the flow of writing I should start making some significant progress.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Novel Ideas

While I'm waiting for the rest of the collaborators to send in their contributions, I've turned my attention to my long-neglected novel. I've been reading it through, making some minor amendments and generaly getting back into the story so I can pick up where I left off. There's still so much more to write and I'm starting to get enthusiastic about it again!