Monday, 30 March 2009

Twitter sale

Yet more March news...

I've sold my first twitter story. Survivor will be appearing in the near future in new magazine (or rather, twitterzine)
Nanoism.

For those of you as ignorant as me about such things, twitter is a web-based networking service supporting messages of up to 140 characters. That's not a lot of space to tell a story in, but it's a fun challenge to try.

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Space and Time # 107 out

A late big of March news: Space and Time # 107 is out, and amongst the tales hidden behind Stephen Gilberts' stunning cover is my In the Service of the Guns.

I know that writers, like parents, aren't supposed to have favourites, but of the work I've had published so far this is the story I'm most proud of.
In the Service follows profiler Ran Pilate, picked by Earth's post-human military the Guns to provide a unique perspective on their interstellar war with the alien Abadoni. Pilate is sent to the planet commonly known as the Singer Homeworld after its bizarre indigenous species, in the hope that he might discover something there that will turn the tide of conflict. Trouble is, Pilate is washed out and a borderline alcoholic; he has no idea what he's looking for, and things get even more complicated when he becomes involved with the local ethnologist Erin Ballantyne. Can Pilate find an answer before the Guns pull the plug on his career? And if he can, what will be the price?

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Imaginary Prisons, Giant Thief 1st Draft Completed

A couple of snippets of news:

First up, Stephen Theaker has accepted my story Imaginary Prisons to appear in
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction, hopefully this coming June. TQF (as it's known to its friends) is probably the most reliably eccentric small press magazine out there, and Stephen's self-declared amateurishness (coupled with a heavy dose of editorial nouce) has seen it survive where countless competitors have fallen by the wayside. It's a reliably fun read, and Imaginary Prisons - up there for silliness with The Tyranny of Thangrind the Cruel, which Stephen accepted for Dark Horizons a few months back - should be right at home.

Second ... after nearly twelve months of hard graft, I've finished my first novel. I put the last touches to Giant Thief, as it's tentatively known, at around 8 o'clock last night. It came in at a little under 100'000 words. This isn't quite as exciting and dramatic as it might be, because - according to my current schedule, anyway - there's another nine months or so of work, in the form of multiple redrafts and a lot of retrospective research, to do before I even think about trying to get it published. Still, I can now officially describe myself as a novelist at cocktail parties, and that's got to count for something, right?