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August 28th, 2015

I admit it.

This blog hasn’t been a priority. Actually, it hasn’t even been on my radar, truth be told.

And like a neglected puppy, it’s becoming a frail, flea-ridden thing of festering sores and patchy fur–woah, that’s getting a bit dark—ahem, anyway, let’s just say the website isn’t in the best of health. Perversely, the very reason for this is because my writing life has been getting more and more hectic over the last year.

So, I’ll just have to list the major milestones, so folks know all the exciting news:

- My longest work to date, “On the Winds of the Rub’ al-Khali”, appeared in IGMS.

- With the “Six by Six” gang I self-published my first collection of short fiction, “Transit & Other Stories”

- The first novels set in the Maelstrom’s Edge, “Faith” and “Sacrifice”, co-written with Tomas Martin, were published in digital and paperback formats.

- Maelstrom’s Edge smashed its Kickstarter funding goal, bringing in over $70K and 800 backers. We are now full steam ahead on the first boxset release.

- I’m currently editing a collection of short fiction set in the Maelstrom’s Edge universe by leading sci-fi authors such as Alastair Reynolds and Liz Williams

- I wrangled an invitation to David Brin’s “Chasing Shadows” anthology. My piece “Vectors” will be forthcoming alongside authors such as Robert Silverberg and Neal Stephenson!

- I continued working alongside the awesome developers at Amplitude Studios on all things Endless.

- Most excitingly of all I finished revisions on my first novel, a dystopian eco-thriller, currently titled “The Unborn World”. After sending off my first query, the full manuscript is currently being read by one of my dream agents at a leading US agency. I pray to Gods of all denominations for a good reception…

- Oh, I also worked on a little known franchise for Bigpoint. It’s called “Game of Thrones”. It’s medieval fantasy featuring all those cliched fantasy tropes. You know. Dragons. Feuding Houses. Evil threats to the realm. You probably wouldn’t like it.

- And I hung out with Lexi. She’s the best.

Green Park, August '15

“Landscapes of the Martian Heart” published

September 26th, 2014

My story, “Landscapes of the Martian Heart”, a story that encompasses a base on Mars’ southern icecap, stunning vistas, and a mother’s relationship with her sick daughter, has been published in the latest issue of Albedo One.

That makes a second appearance alongside Peter Watts (the last TOC we shared was in the Extreme Planets anthology), which makes me very happy.

Digital editions are now available from Smashwords and Amazon.

Strata Five-Star Review!

September 26th, 2014

In conjunction with my interview and the publication of “Landscapes of the Martian Heart”, David Conyers at Albedo One reviewed Strata, the dystopian SF novella I co-wrote with Bradley P Beaulieu.

This is the line from the review that made me smile the most:

“Reading Strata I felt that I was on the brink of reading a tale comparable to anything Iain M Banks, Alastair Reynolds or Peter F Hamilton might have written”

Check out the whole review here.

Interview in Albedo One

September 21st, 2014

Ireland’s longest-running speculative fiction magazine, Albedo One, recently interviewed me. We talked about the heart of science-fiction, upcoming writers in world SF, and the red planet! Check it out!

Science Fiction Writers Sampler 2014

June 5th, 2014

Science Fiction Writers Sampler 2014Extremely excited to be part of this showcase of new voices in the genre. This collection is only a thin slice of what’s possible with science fiction, focusing primarily on off-world or space-based settings, but there’s a terrific amount of imagination and craft on display here. You can pick it up for a bargain price at everyone’s favourite online retailer at these places:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Extreme Planets published!

March 5th, 2014

Another item struck from my bucket list: get published alongside Peter Watts.

Yep, “Extreme Planets” from Chaosium is now available on Amazon US. Featuring all manner or weird and wonderful planetscapes that NASA and other space agencies are now beginning to find in our own galactic backyard, the anthology features adventurous characters exploring spectacular environments from SF luminaries such as David Brin, Brian Stableford, and Peter Watts.

Strata: A Story of the Future Suns

January 6th, 2012

Strata-Cover-v2.4-FinalThe interior of the sun really doesn’t get much of a runaround in the fictional creations of the late twentieth/early twenty-first century. I guess it’s hard to set office romances, or family sagas, or spy thrillers in a fiery cauldron hot enough for alchemy to be real.

Well, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, and the rest have missed a trick there. A trick that myself and Bradley P. Beaulieu haven’t. So it gives me great pleasure to annouce the e-release of Strata, a dystopian SF thriller, which as well as featuring giant solar mining platforms, skimmer racing over the surface of the sun, and a dangerous rebellion, also explores the glorious, complex structure of our favourite star.

Strata is available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, and Barnes & Noble.

First Line Friday: A Game of Thrones

October 6th, 2011

A Game of ThronesOkay, George R. R. Martin doesn’t need any more publicity (have you seen the Amazon SF&F Top 100 list? Approx. half come from A Song of Ice and Fire series!), but I thought it might make an interesting exercise to take a peek at Martin’s opening gambit to a postitively gargantuan edifice of imaginative fiction . . .

“We should start back,” Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them. “The wildlings are dead.”

“Do they frighten you?” Ser Waymar Royce asked with just the hint of a smile.

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Kickstarting Half a World: An Interview with Mary Anne Mohanraj

October 3rd, 2011

Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins) and nine other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. Mohanraj has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is now Clinical Assistant Professor of fiction and literature and Associate Director of Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park, just outside Chicago, with her partner, Kevin, two small children, and a sweet dog.

Mary Anne is currently mid-way through a Kickstarter funding drive to finance the creation of a set of interconnected stories that will together form an erotic science-fiction novel entitled Demi-Monde. I recently caught up with her online to ask about this project and her writing in general.

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First Line Friday: Servant of the Underworld

September 29th, 2011

Servant of the UnderworldFrench writer Aliette de Bodard is up this week with the first novel in her “Obsidian and Blood” trilogy, Servant of the Underworld, which is set in an ancient Aztec world suffused with magic. Let’s take a look at the opening:

In the silence of the shrine, I bowed to the corpse on the altar: a minor member of the Imperial Family, who had died in a boating accident on Lake Texcoco. My priests had bandaged the gaping wound on his forehead as best as they could; they had dressed him with scraps of many-coloured cotton and threaded a jade bead through his lips–preparing him for the long journey ahead.

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