Terra Nullius

Good news! (Because there’s not much of that around these days, so let’s take what we can!)

Terra Nullius, a forthcoming anthology from Kristell Ink Books, edited by Kate Coe and Ellen Croshain, will include a brand new story by yours truly.

Terra Nullius: land belonging to no-one. An anthology of speculative fiction that explores the colonisation of our Solar System and far beyond, where pioneers carve out a new existence under other stars. New worlds and new challenges, with alien races and strange technology, but also the many facets of human emotion during the struggle to make a new home…

My story, Escape, looks at a team of far-future explorers discovering a long-lost colony world from the first, pre-hyperspace diaspora. Of course, not everything is as straightforward as the exploitative explorers expect…

Other stories in the anthology will include:

Regolith – Nina Johnson
A Salt Moon – Jessica Reisman
Reaper – Matthew Pederson
Terra Incognita – Jessica Rydill
The Chlorophyll Run – Erica Eastick
Countdown to Deliverance – Thomas Spargo
My Sister’s Grave – Jonathan Oliver
Tap – Shaun Brassfield-Thorpe
Wind and Stars and All Creation – Gregor Hartmann
No-Name – John Bayliss
The Brides of Rack and Ruin – Jill Hand
First Contact – Will McMillan-Jones

Now that’s a fantastic line-up of new and established names, and I’m looking forward to reading them all! Oh, and there’s already artwork for the anthology – check out this fantastic Nele Diel cover art, and look out for Terra Nullius later on this year!

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Heads Up!

It’s been awfully quiet on here for a while. But that doesn’t mean that there’s nowt going on – like the proverbial duck, there’s a lot of movement under the surface.

High King’s Vengeance has been pummeled with the red pen of actiony action, which is to say that the editing process is well underway. I keep getting that “did I really write this?” sensation, and I should point out that this is a good thing. You’re going to like this.

The audio mastering of Heir to the North, narrated by Diana Croft, is about one-third done, and sends shivers through my skin every time I go and listen to it. Seriously, you’re going to like this.

I’ve just submitted a short story for a prospective anthology from a new small press next year, assuming all goes to plan. It’s a nicely brutal slice of grimness with a couple of twists that really ought to hurt. Yeah, I think you’ll like it.

Fox Spirit Books are lining up the last few in their series of Fox Pockets – the mini anthologies of themed short stories. Take Me With You and Full Compliance will be on the ToC of those books – I’m particularly proud of Take Me With You, but Full Compliance also introduces South Yorkshire’s last superhero, Johnny Silver, who (as the old tagline goes) will return… guess what? I reckon you’ll like ’em both.

And if you fancy winning yourself a signed copy of Heir to the North – and why not? – get yourself to Goodreads next weekend, because from 15th May there’ll be one up for grabs! You have to be in it to win it, so why not add it to your TBR list now? 🙂

 

Meanwhile, over in Starburst…

Reviews are important – and here’s a good one from the friendly folks at Starburst magazine for the Fox Spirit Books anthology Things In the Dark.

Which, as y’all should know, contains my short story Junior Twilight Stock Replacer. Not that I’m bragging, or anything. Except that I am, of course. Aw come on, it’s Friday. If you can’t brag on a Friday, when can you brag?

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Click through to Starburst to see the full review

 

A Singular Sale!

I’ll return to loudly trumpeting the forthcoming release of Heir to the North soon (October 23rd worldwide, fact fans, and available for pre-orders now!) but meanwhile, it’s time to celebrate and buff the knuckles for another reason.

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The Singularity – Issue 1.

The new and rather spiffy magazine The Singularity – details here, on sale here – has taken on my shaggy-dog epic space opera The Day Brockwell Park Stood Still. A galaxy-spanning whirl of first contact, bad puns, and nods to the Culture, all in a bite-size portion, it walks small and thinks big. A bit like The Singularity itself – a magazine that is well worth checking out.

Under The Waves

The very excellent Fox Spirit Books have released the fifth in their series of Fox Pocket anthologies this last weekend. Under The Waves is now available in paperback and, very shortly, in electronic formats too.

Under The Waves – Click to Buy!

This is noteworthy because, alongside stories by Den Patrick, Fran Terminiello, Margrét Helgadóttir, Hardeep Sangha, KC Shaw, Emma Maree, JB Rockwell, and Alec McQuay (and that’s not all!), there’s a small tale entitled That Sinking Feeling by little old me.

I might be somewhat biased, but I recommend you go add Under The Waves to your basket right now. And then go find the first four Fox Pockets as well, because nobody likes an incomplete series….

Meet Johnny Silver!

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The Evil Genius Guide, art by Sarah Anne Langton

Or, you will do later next year, when Fox Spirit Books release their ninth Fox Pocket Anthology, The Evil Genius Guide, guest edited by Darren Pulsford, and you read the tale Full Compliance contained therein.

Johnny who? you’re asking right now. 

Johnny Silver. Silverdale’s last, best hope for peace. Lantern-jawed hero with muscles of steel and nerves of steel, in a city of steel. The only man who stands between Silverdale and chaos. Holding back the night with his bare hands and an unlicensed Particle Defibrilation Cage…

I like Johnny Silver. In fact, Full Compliance will only be the beginning. Johnny Silver will return for a series of 15k-ish adventures after The Evil Genius Guide is published, battling such enemies as The Sweet Pike Monster, DJ Enzyme, and the nefarious knitter MetaStitch. I give you fair warning… 🙂

Foxy Fiction!

Now can it be told…

FPV5 Under The Waves ebook 72ppiNext year will see yours truly contributing to not one, but three (at least) Fox Pocket anthologies from Fox Spirit Books. You may already know about Under The Waves (which will include That Sinking Feeling alongside work by Emma Maree, Fran Terminiello and Kate Shaw) – but here’s the details about the other two.

FS6 Thing In The Dark ebook 72ppiThe sixth Fox Pocket will be Things In The Dark. Hidden amidst the shiny talents of Andrew Reid, Danie Ware, Kate Laity, Den Patrick, and Sarah Cawkwell, you will find Junior Twilight Stock Replacer – an urban fable that takes in magic, time paradoxes, and rolls of palletwrap.

FS8 Piecing The Vale ebook 72ppiThe eighth Fox Pocket will be Piercing The Vale. Ghosts, goblins, and things that go AARGH in the night. And a rocket too, apparently. But! Along with the mighty Alasdair Stuart, Jen Williams, Colin Sinclair, and fellow S²F² writer Jo Johnson-Smith, there will you find the frankly awesome (if I do say so myself) Take Me With You.

Don’t forget that the first three Fox Pockets are already available as cunningly-priced ebooks through all your usual outlets (though I can recommend Spacewitch as being particularly worth your time). (All cover art by Sarah Anne Langton for Fox Spirit Books, and rather fine it is too.)

Meanwhile, I’m off to try to polish up the third Johnny Silver tale (or is it the fourth? Well, that kind of depends…) and pack my bags for FantasyCon in York. More news soon, possibly…!