Monday, July 18, 2011

Indefinable Story Sale

My indefinable non-prose story Expenses Claim for Snowdonia 'Bigfoot' Expedition has been accepted by the incomparable Murky Depths magazine.

This will be my fourth, or third, appearance in Murky Depths. My flash fiction Looking In, Looking Out appeared in issue #1, and my 1 page comic Frozen was in issue #15. My 5 page comic Plugged In has already been accepted, and now Snowdonia too. I have another 2 page comic under submission there, so I'm hoping to make 5.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Reviewing Fatigue

After five years and 140 reviews, I've decided to hang up my reviewing hat, at least for the foreseeable future. It's been a wonderful privelege to read and comment on so many authors' work, often in advance reading copies weeks or months before most people are able to read them.

My initial motive for writing reviews was to give more exposure for the UK's small press magazines, where my first few stories were published. This blossomed later into book reviews too, appearing at Laura Hird, UK SF Review, Whispers of Wickedness and ultimately SF Crowsnest for the last 112.

I find myself now suffering from reviewing fatigue, so I shall give it a break, allowing more time for my own writing and to catch up on reading a whole backlog of books I intended to read but never got round to. The final review won't appear on SF Crowsnest for a few months yet. Who knows, I may be back writing them again by then.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Book Review: Troika by Alastair Reynolds

I read Troika in a single sitting in Eindhoven airport, as one does, and found it to be an enjoyable and engrossing tale that did far more than merely while away the time while drinking tea and eating a baguette of uncertain content.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Magazine Review: AltHist #2

The second issue of AltHist magazine builds on the solid basis of the first issue, bringing a collection of historical fiction and alternate histories from a broad cross-section of history.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Monday, July 04, 2011

German Delay

I was expecting to see the German translation of The Gondolier in the new issue of Exodus this month, but the magazine is full and my story has been bumped to the next issue. It should now be out next January.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

World Wire Web in Galician

My future-steampunk story World Wire Web, published last year in Nature, has been accepted by Galician webzine Nova Fantasia. This will be my third story in Galician.