Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Book Review: Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

Two books came to mind as I started reading Sam J. Miller’s book Blackfish City: Austral by Paul McAuley and America City by Chris Beckett. Of course, it turns out the book is not particularly like those novels at all, except in some superficial sharing of tropes. It’s set in a future where climate change has drowned much of the world and where political breakdown, riots, disease and violence have radically changed society.










Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.







Friday, April 20, 2018

Book Review: The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson

The idea behind dating apps meshes with social media to create compatible social groupings known as Affinities in Robert Charles Wilson’s near-future novel that initially seems to be heading towards a utopian tale of co-operation and acceptance, but soon turns into a wonderfully complex tale of social revolution.










Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.







Thursday, April 05, 2018

Putting the Science in Fiction Official Anouncement

Putting the Science in Fiction has been officially announced by Writers Digest. The book is due out in the autumn and includes a chapter by me on waste management in science fiction.







Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Book Review: Origamy by Rachel Armstrong

The art of origamy (sic) weaves space and time, alternative universes and parallel histories in a mind-bending and befuddling fashion that allows the origamy circus-troop family of Mobius to see and experience any point in space and time.










Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.







Monday, April 02, 2018

That Thing Lurking Over There

My eldest son Alex has had his third story published, this time at Aphelion where several of my stories were published a few years back. This one is entitled That Thing Lurking Over There.




Friday, March 16, 2018

Book Review: Planefall by Emma Newman

In a small colony settlement on a far planet, the appearance of a stranger from outside brings change to the community and unpleasant echoes of the past in Emma Newman’s haunting interstellar tale Planetfall. It’s a psychological drama with convincingly complex characters and a multi-layered plot that wraps interplanetary colonisation around faith, biology and betrayal.










Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.







Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Long Afternoon of Sir Rupert Moncrief

My chronologically confused steampunk story The Long Afternoon of Sir Rupert Moncrief is on line today at Gallery of Curiosities. It's read out in a fabulous Scottish voice and sounds wonderful.




Sunday, February 25, 2018

Book Review: The Smoke by Simon Ings

Simon Ings brings us an alternative Earth in his latest book The Smoke, where history has diverged at some point from what we know to produce something far more bizarre than usually encountered in alternative histories.





Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.





Monday, February 19, 2018

Book Review: Something Coming Through by Paul McAuley

When the alien Jackaroo come to Earth, they claim to be concerned only with the welfare of mankind. They provide access to fifteen extra-solar planets for mankind to colonise and from these worlds come a steady stream of alien artefacts from the lost Elder Cultures, artefacts that are little understood but that affect people in many strange ways.





Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.





Saturday, January 27, 2018

Book Review: Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds

I have found all of Alastair Reynolds’ Revelation Space books and short stories to be wonderfully atmospheric and perpetually gripping and, out of all of them, the standalone novel The Prefect, featuring Prefect Tom Dreyfus, was my favourite.





Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.





Saturday, January 13, 2018

Book Review: By Light Alone by Adam Roberts

A century or so from now, the problem of famine has been overcome by a technique that transforms hair into solar energy collectors that works by a kind of photosynthesis, so that nobody need eat food any more. This means that the poor must wear their hair long in order to survive, allowing them to soak up the sunlight, while the rich style their hair short as they can afford to eat food which has now become a luxury.





Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.





Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Reprint Cancelled

A reprint of my story The Accelerati, which first appeared in the print magazine Lore, has been due to appear on line at SciPhi Journal for quite some time, but the magazine has now sadly anounced its closure. It's not the first time this happened, and I suppose it won't be the last either. I still have another 3 stories due to be published this year though.