Plot Sketch #4635

So Many Ideas, So Little Time…

(I have too short a lifespan to produce a full story from every idea I get, so will occasionally throw up out a plot sketch so you can see what you are missing…)

Plot Sketch #4635

Earth is the only planet in the galaxy where Continue reading

So Where Have I Been?

Debt Collector in Storm in the Stars

Andy as Debt Collector in A Storm in the Stars

I took a long break between posts this year. I’m sure you noticed.

So where have I been? Continue reading

So That Was August

augustIt was a month of ups. It was a month of downs.

It was a time for looking forward and a time for looking back.

I was delighted that my youngest daughter has taken up her place in the UK, where her two sisters already study and work. But it leaves the house rather empty as the seasons begin to turn from glorious summer to a grey-skied and chilly early autumn. Continue reading

Press Release: The Future Is Short Vol 2

A new anthology that contains two of my own stories…

THE FUTURE IS SHORT: SCIENCE FICTION IN A FLASH, Volume 2 Now Published
ISBN: 9 781514 151518 (trade paperback) Published June 3, 2015
E-book published June 11, 2015

TFIS 2 - 100x150Thirty-six authors took a leap of faith in January 2015 to contribute their stories to The Future Is Short: Science Fiction in a Flash, Volume 2. Twenty-two of them, published in the inaugural volume in June 2014, returned to present new ideas, tales and imaginative spins on specific topics in this latest edition; over a dozen of Volume 2’s contributors are new writers, many being published for the first time in this anthology. The Future Is Short: Science Fiction in a Flash, Volume 2 includes seventy-six glimpses at what the future might hold, arranged under 14 themes: among these are Apocalypse, It’s a Wonderful Life, Distance, First Contact, Unwanted Gift, Adolescence and Espionage. Continue reading

Anthologies and Contests #2

250px-Quill_(PSF)Last time, I praised the opportunities for unpublished writers offered by submitting to Anthologies and Contests.

So where do you start in your search for Anthologies and Contests seeking submissions? Continue reading

No Revolution Is Too Big: Finspace

cover

I am proud to announce that the latest in the series is my own work.

The alien Rescue Broker, Stelfson, visits a teenage Earth girl with whom he had worked as a small child, leaving confused memories. He needs a good swimmer for a mission to help a peaceful aquatic race who are being oppressed by a powerful, land-based civilization. Her mission — to block the pollution channels being used to poison the aquatics, while there is still time.

Trouble is, the aquatic race are shark-like creatures — and she’s terrified of sharks!

Available in the USA from Amazon.com

And in the UK from Amazon.co.uk

Barnes & Noble

Nook

No Revolution Is Too Big: Vols 1-3

1383956_707985585895488_1782034761_n

After a bit of an absence, due to family, writing and acting commitments, I’m back with news about one of the projects I have been working on.

Award-winning writer, Mike Lynch, has launched a series of short books, all set in the universe established in his original story, “No Revolution is Too Big“.

That story features a student’s adventures with an acerbic alien, Stelfson, who unexpectedly Continue reading

A Beginner’s Tale #2

hSo it’s 2012 and I am trying to write a novel, despite characters seeking independence, stories inflating to epic proportions and the looming specter of SF’s accursed “infodump”. How to keep it lean and clean but coherent and credible?

With a bound, our aspiring author was free! Continue reading

A Beginner’s Tale #1

h

At time of writing, my Book Summaries page indicates that I am working on two books at once.

But it’s much worse than that. Grab a coffee, pull up a chair and listen to the salutary tale of a beginner…
Continue reading