Monday, June 27, 2011

One Hundred Billion Dollars Out Now

The July issue of Bards & Sages Quarterly is out now, available in print or electronic formats. It includes my tale One Hundred Billion Dollars.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mercurial Nights at Raygun Revival

My golden-age style story Mercurial Nights is on line today at Raygun Revival. Go and enjoy a bit of old-fahioned escapism.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Steampunk Anthology Update

The updated list of contributors for The Immersion Book of Steampunk is now on the Immersion Press website. Launch is now scheduled for FantasyCon in September. There are some fabulous stories for you to look forward to.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Whole Lot of Editing to do

In the past couple of weeks I finished the second edit of Gap Years, the first drafts of a new screenplay and a new 4000 word short story and the supporting proposal to go with the screenplay. Now, I’m faced with lots of editing, reviewing and critiquing, both of my own work and of short stories I’m critiquing for others. After a first edit of the screenplay and story they will go off to be critiqued, then come back for further editing. Gap Years is now with a Reader, after which I shall work on The Final Edit.

Somewhere among all this, which will keep me busy for several weeks, a new short story is beginning to take shape and hoping to make it onto paper…

Monday, June 13, 2011

Palindromic Story Sale

My 26 word palindromic story Time Did Emit has been accepted for publication in The Palindromist magazine, the next issue of which is due out in the next month.

This will be my shortest story in print, though if you read it forward and then backwards it's double the length.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Magazine Review: Murky Depths #16

Issue 16 of Murky Depths may well be the darkest yet, with death and depravity forming an atmospheric backdrop to many of the stories. As usual the quality of the magazine shines through in terms of glossiness, paper and artwork; it just feels like a great product. What though of the contents?

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Book Review: The Coincidence Engine by Sam Leith

The coincidence engine of the title is a machine, or a device, or maybe just an idea, that affects probability to create the most extraordinary coincidences and accidents. At the centre of a string of such bizarre occurrences is Alex Smart, driving across America to meet his girlfriend. He has no idea what’s going on. In pursuit are two mercenaries working for a global arms manufacturer, and two agents working for the Directorate of the Extremely Improbable. At least, they think that’s who they work for. It’s a wonderfully convoluted and confusing trip, full of outrageous coincidences delivered with a dry humour and incidents narrated as ironic commentary on American culture.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.