Excellent News

I could not be happier! I can now share some news that I have known about for a few days: My short story ‘Warm Gun’ has been awarded first place in the 2016 BFS Short Story competition. This is an … Continue reading

The Egg Timer of Science Fiction

That egg timer in the picture has some history.  I am its new keeper. I’ve been to the Milford SF conference three times now. Every time was different, every time I  learned new things about being a better writer. Every … Continue reading

Redensive Epiphanies – A New Anthology

I’m happy and proud to announce the birth of my second* publication/editing project – The Redensive Epiphanies of Pouty McNavel. Epiphanies is an archetypal slim volume. It’s not made of genre, but it’s spiced and seasoned by it. One story … Continue reading

A New Anthology Arrives

Blimey, looking at all this! I’m proud and delighted to bring this slim anthology of stories, poetry and collodion photography into the light of day. The Redensive Epiphanies of Pouty McNavel contains stories and haiku by BFS-nominated Gaie Sebold, *Helen … Continue reading

Torosay Castle, and the Cthulhu Tree

Last summer I spent a week with some friends on Mull, a large and beautiful island off the west coast of Scotland. You reach it by ferry from Oban, home of one of my favourite whiskeys. From Mull you can then … Continue reading

Embryo novel – first peak.

No, not a novel about embryos (hmm, makes quick note), but here’s my 0.02 draft of a new SF novel. As usual this consists of a whole lot of little bits of paper laid out in rows according to Acts, … Continue reading

Open Waters – Now on Kindle!

My short story collection, ‘Open Waters’, from TheEXAGGERATEDPress, is now available as an e-book from all the usual places. Open Waters has sixteen of my short stories, a mix of SF and fantasy and the strange, including four never previously … Continue reading

Stinko Ginko!

Image – James Field, CC BY-SA 3.0 We had a lovely weekend in Cambridge last weekend, staying over with a friend. We’d come up to attend a talk called  “Challenging the gender binary through science fiction and fantasy“, given by … Continue reading

How To Get an Agent in 530,000 Easy Steps

So this time around I signed with an agent. It was interesting to look back at previous submissions and think about what I did differently. Apart from one thing, it wasn’t that easy to see exactly what that was. My … Continue reading

Zen and the art of story-prompts

I came across this Zen Koan recently and thought it would make a good story prompt – perhaps along SF-nal themes of consciousness and perception. I believe it is attributed to (or about) Hui neng, the sixth and last Patriarch … Continue reading