Sunday, August 30, 2015

Book Review: Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs

I enjoyed the film ‘John Carter’ a lot, even though the critics didn’t seem to like it. I enjoyed it so much in fact that it prompted me to buy the three-volume omnibus edition of the entire Barsoom series, comprising all 11 books, which I then read over the course of the following year. Towards the end of last year, I picked up the omnibus edition of the first three Pellucidar books, too. I didn’t enjoy them as much as the Barsoom novels, but having got a taste for Edgar Rice Burroughs I was intrigued to see ‘Worlds Of Edgar Rice Burroughs, edited by Mike Resnick and Robert T. Garcia, Baen’s anthology of new ERB-inspired stories set in all of his famous series.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

The Gondolier

A comment yesterday made me realise I don't really know where you can read The Gondolier in English any more, so here it is again:

The black prow of my gondola cut smoothly through the calm waters of the canals.  The sleek craft had served me well for many years, carried passengers through the city’s waterways under the guiding hands of generations of my forebears.

 The sun was setting over the ancient city, turning the water to an inky ribbon lain between elegant sandstone buildings.  I breathed deeply of the cool evening breeze.

 Is there any place more beautiful than this wondrous city of canals?  As the boat eased into its mooring I stopped to gaze with satisfaction up into the darkening skies of Mars.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Englebert at Daily Science Fiction

My short story Englebert is on line today at Daily Sience Fiction. This is my second story to appear there after last year's Hiking In My Head, and like that one also follows a non-linear chronology.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Filling Up My Bookshelf

My contributor copy of Slovenian magazine Jashubeg en Jered arrived, which includes my story The Gondolier. It's the first print magazine I've received for a while, and I realised there's barely any room to squeeze it onto the shelf with my other magazines.