Thursday, July 29, 2010

New UK-Based Podcast

While searching through Duotropes this week I came across a new audio fiction podcaster I'd not seen before. CossMass Infinities is a UK-based science fiction and fantasy podcast that pays for submissions, one story per month. They started in January, so I've missed them for six months. I've had three stories podcast so far - one in Catalan and two in English, but both with American accents. It would be interesting to hear one of my stories, particularly one with a British setting, read with a British accent.

I submitted four stories to four different podcasts this week - including CossMass Infinities.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Cornish Translation Coming

The publishers of An Garrak, the magazine for learners of Cornish, have been in touch. They are now planning to publish the Cornish translation of The Gondolier in their new newsletter Te Ha Tasednow. I'm hoping to see that some time this year.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Stalker Awards Anounced

The results of Estonia's Stalker awards have been anounced. My story Travel By Numbers, translated for Algernon magazine by Juhan Habicht had been nominated in the 'Best Translated Story' catagory. It was voted joint 16th, out of 49 contenders. I'm very pleased with this as it's my first nomination for anything. :o)
The winner of the catagory was Charles Stross, and many of the others were translations from French or Russian whose names I didn't recognise.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cat Tales Contributor Copies

After some time lost on the Atlantic, my contributor copies of Cat Tales 2: Fantastic Feline Fiction have arrived. My 100 word story Delayed Reaction is the shortest in the anthology, though there are a few short poems too.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Steampunk Story Sale

My retro-future-steampunkish story World Wire Web has been accepted by internationally renowned scientific journal Nature. This is my second sale to that august magazine, and my fouth professional sale.

I'm pretty chuffed.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Steampunk Shaping Up

The contributors to The Immersion Book of Steampunk are begining to sign up. We have an exciting selection of professional authors, novelists, up and coming authors, steampunk enthusiasts and everything in between. I can't as yet confirm who exactly will be involved, but when you find out I hope you'll be as thrilled as I am.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Book Review: The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang

The development of artificial intelligence has been dealt with numerous times before and often used as a fait accompli in science fiction. In The Lifecycle Of Software Objects we are taken on a journey through the process of just how this could happen – the development not just of the software and technology to make an AI a reality, but the process of teaching a piece of software instead of programming it, of allowing it to grow and develop, to nurture it like a child.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Book Review: New Model Army by Adam Roberts

The biggest triumph of Adam Roberts’ new novel ‘New Model Army’ is that he has written a literary and engrossing book despite the narrator.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Book Review: Hard-Luck Diggings by Jack Vance

Before I start I should point out that Jack Vance is one of my favourite authors, with his novels The Blue World and Night Lamp counted among my favourites. I love the way he wrote – the formal yet flowery language, the fabulous descriptive work and exotic cultures – so I was very excited to receive Hard-Luck Diggings. This is a collection of early Jack Vance stories from the 40s and 50s presented chronologically. I don’t recall ever having read any of his short stories before, so I was interested to see what editors Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan had put together. I had high hopes for the book, which always leads to the worry that I might be let down.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.