Friday Flash – The Desert

The Desert Ancient, desiccated cacti crumbled to nothing under Amroye’s boot. The sand was freezing, icy air leached heat from her face. The low sun hadn’t moved for hours, a distant pale disk. It was the worst sort of lost. … Continue reading

Jack Vance – Farewell

Jack Vance, one of the all-time great storytellers and literary stylists of genre fiction passed away on 26th March, 2013, aged 96. I love his story-telling, his exuberant and unique writing style. I’ve written a brief appreciation over at the … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Benny Checks In

Benny Checks In Benny gripped the stolen handbag and got in the queue. He’d got the itch, got it bad. He couldn’t bear it. He went back down the alley. It wasn’t fair. He’d sweated for that bag, he’d done … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Jimmy Checks Out

Jimmy Checks Out He’d caught a bullet. Pow! Snatch! Just like that. He’d seen it coming he told them later. He’d snatched that motherfucker right out of the air. Burned his palm but that was OK. Anyways, it wasn’t a … Continue reading

Fiction and Climate Change

I’ve just finished reviewing Tony White’s riveting novel Shackleton’s Man Goes North for Arc magazine, a novel about the past, present, and future of climate change. One thing he’s interested in is seeing how we can predict what the future … Continue reading

Times of Trouble anthology released

This is nice. Times of Trouble (A Time-Travel Anthology) is released this week by Permuted Press. Edited by the ever-charming Lane Adamson, this includes my story, Previous, as well as contributions from Stephen Gaskell, Ruth Nestvold, and many more. Permuted … Continue reading

Friday Flash – The Prison

This is the start of a new sequence and this time I’m taking inspiration from two sources: Titles are the chapter heading from my soon to be released SF novel, Shopocalypse; the stories and characters are inspired by current work … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Epilogue

Epilogue ‘Just leave him alone, Pablo.  He’s in one of his moods.’ Pablo looked at his grandfather more sympathetically than his mother.  The old man was rich, but he’d grown up poor, missing out on many things his own generation … Continue reading

Why I Hate Genre

Last week I went to see Karl Wallinger and World Party at the brilliant ‘Under the Bridge’ Venue. Chances are you’ll never have heard of them, though their second album, Goodbye Jumbo, was Q magazine album of the year (1990). … Continue reading

Friday Flash – The Spade

The Spade He loved the desert, loved the stillness and the parched sky.  Loved feeling the sun pushing down on the world like a hot hand. It was so hot the entire universe seemed paralysed.  At night cold stars blazed … Continue reading