Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Squirrels, Foxes and Other Fine Specimens

My slightly humourous urban SF story Squirrels, Foxes and Other Fine Specimens is now available to read or to listen to at Escape Pod.

The narrator is brilliant. He sounds a bit like Idris Elba and gets all the punctuation and emphasis just right to make the story really shine.

I'm really pleased with it.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ten Professional Story Sales

When updating my submission tracking spreadsheet this week, I realised that my recent sale to Escape Pod is my tenth professional story sale.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Victorian SF Story Sale

I'm very pleased to have sold my 7100 word stoy The Long Afternoon of Sir Rupert Moncrief to steampunk / retro futurist podcast Gallery of Curiosoties.

This is my second recent podcast sale after Squirrels, Foxes and Other Fine Specimens was accepted by Escape Pod last month.

Moncrief is my second Victorian SF story, the other being The Journey Within that first appeared in the anthology Ancient New and this year was published in German in Austrian magazine Visionarium.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Third Story Sale to Perihelion

I've sold my flash fiction story The Heat of the Night to Perihelion magazine. It will be on line on September 12th and will be my third story to appear there, following on from Rose Coloured Tentacles last year and Crowd Control the year before.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Book Review: Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson

‘Europe At Midnight’ is Dave Hutchinson’s follow up to his debut novel, the anarchically enjoyable ‘Europe In Autumn’, which I reviewed here in September 2015. I say follow-up rather than sequel because this book doesn’t follow the same character or continue the story from the first novel but the setting is the same and some of the elements introduced in the first book are followed up here.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Book Review: The Corporation Wars: Dissidence by Ken MacLeod

The first volume in Ken MacLeod’s new ‘Corporation Wars’ series, ‘Dissidence’, takes us straight into the action as we learn the back stories of the two main characters. Carlos is a reactionary/computer-hacker/terrorist in the midst of a war over London, controlling drones and weapons and swiftly meeting a violent end. Seba is a mining robot in a far distant star system who attains consciousness and quickly discovers that the powers that be are keen to quash any such self-awareness.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.