The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 51 – The Scholar

Author’s Note: Just made it this week as I’ve been at the Milford SF Writers Conference, which is busy but enormous fun, and very very useful. Mood: Tired but happy. Chapter 51 – The Scholar Caked in stinking river mud … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 50 – Bigger Fish

This week’s chapter comes to you from N. Wales, where the holiday home’s internet appears to be made of tin cans and string. We made it! Chapter 50 – Bigger Fish The sound of voices woke Smith. By now he … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 49 – Evasion and Deceit

Author’s Note: I’m very pleased to announce I’m working on print and ebook versions of this story. It has now been professionally proof-read and edited, and I’ve commissioned new cover art – which is absolutely beautiful. I’m now deciding if … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 48 – The Price

Chapter 48 – The Price Electra sat on the white leather settee, a portable console on her lap. ‘The one on the desk has stopped sending.’ ‘Wassiter’s not a complete dunce,’ Dolores said. ‘Not completely.’ Electra returned to studying the … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 47 – A Lonely End

Chapter 47 – A Lonely End The foreign thief fell into the turgid river like a stone and vanished. Banipal, the merchant and the young scribe hurried across the bridge to the downstream parapet and watched the surging river for … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 46 – Don’t Be Afraid

Chapter 46 – Don’t Be Afraid ‘Mr Wassiter?’ A stocky man with cropped greying hair and dressed in dungarees and tough workman’s boots stood at the front door. He held a tray of carpenter’s tools in one hand, a folding … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 45 – Too Much Too Soon

Chapter 34 – Too Much Too Soon Smith was on his knees peering under the vending machine when he heard Heidi’s voice. ‘Hello again. Lost something?’ Embarrassingly aware that she could see his bottom Smith hastily clambered to his feet. … Continue reading

Less is More – Looking at Jack Vance

I love Jack Vance’s stories for their wit and imagination, and for his accomplished use of language. I’m not alone, he’s inspired a devoted readership*, significant critical praise, and some writers mimic his distinctive style. Vance vividly describes worlds, cities, … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 44 – Crud

Tim needs a stiff drink in: Chapter 43 – Consultants The one thing that hadn’t been on Tim’s to-do list was identification of the potato-shaped lump from the sack in the boot of the Imperial. He rinsed it under the … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 43 – Consultants

Chapter 43 – Consultants Down in the control room of the Kylma Kala offices Ralf Tuppence scratched his head with a 12mm socket wrench and scowled at the environmental management display. ‘I don’t understand it,’ he said. ‘We installed it, … Continue reading