Hi. It’s been a while since I updated my blog. I’ve been busy working on two new SF short story collections, which I’m happy to say have just been released as ebooks: Strange Blue World and Future Imperfect.
Future Imperfect is a collection of eight science-fiction short stories set in the far future. It includes five tales previously published in anthologies and three new ones exclusive to this SF book.
We all live on one strange blue world called Earth. This collection of SF is set on Earth – but not necessarily our Earth. This book contains a wide range of speculative fiction, including short stories about parallel universes, artificial intelligence, steampunk societies, alternate histories and many other science-fiction topics. Strange Blue World explores our planet in nineteen short stories for fans of quirky collections of science fiction.
I’m happy to announce one of my short stories will be in a new steampunk anthology called Clockwork Cairo, released on May 28th. Clockwork Cairo is a collection of Egyptian-themed steampunk that includes twenty stories.
Here’s a list of the contributors:
Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine
John Moralee (me!)
E. Catherine Tobler
K. Tempest Bradford
More information about this book can be found at the publisher’s website: Twopenny Press.
The sixth anthology in Lillicat Publisher’s series of science fiction books is now available to buy on Amazon and other major retailers. Visions VI: Galaxies contains thirteen short stories, including my story Canyon Falls.
Visions VI: Galaxies is the latest anthology from Lillicat Publishers edited by Carrol Fix – a collection of thirteen science-fiction stories. They include Forecasts by Bridges DelPonte, involving a research station beset by the psychic trauma released by a genocidal event. It’s an interesting story with some great ideas. There’s also an alien abduction story called Shidee by W.A. Fix, which reveals the disturbing activities of the so-called Grays. I also enjoyed reading an intriguing aliens-meet-humans first contact story called Cloud Marathon by Gustavo Bondoni.
Visions VI contains a diverse selection of SF – a mix of hard and soft SF, some space opera, some military SF, some dystopian, some not.
From the publisher:
Edited by Carrol Fix, the sixth anthology of the Visions Series features: Bruce C. Davis, W. A. Fix, J. Richard Jacobs, John Moralee, Sharon Kraftchak, Gustavo Bondoni, Mary Madigan, Al Onia, Thomas Olbert, Sidney Blaylock, Jr., Bridges DelPonte, Doug C. Souza, and Amos Parker.
You can check out Visions VI: Galaxies on Amazon via these links:
I’m pleased to have one of my science fiction stories in the latest speculative fiction anthology in the Visions series edited by Carrol Fix. It is now available from Lillicat Publishers, Amazon and other retailers.
From the publishers:
Visions V stories take place somewhere…anywhere…in the Milky Way Galaxy. Planets, stars, and aliens, with no limitations, form the subject and action taking place outside our Solar System and within the Milky Way.
Humankind has forded the immense stream of space between stars and reached our nearest solar neighbors. What will we discover on hospitable planets circling those new stars? Will we find almost familiar moons, asteroids, planetary rings? Or, could there be never before seen astronomical formations? The sky is no longer the limit for our soaring imaginations, because somewhere out there is a potential haven for the remnants of our beleaguered civilization.
The fifth anthology of the Visions Series features: Steve Bates, Sam Bellotto Jr., Tara Campbell, D. A. Couturier, Bruce C. Davis, W. A. Fix, Teresa Howard, Margaret Karmazin, Leigh Kimmel, S. M. Kraftchak, Marie Michaels, John Moralee, Fredrick Obermeyer, Thomas Olbert, Timothy Paul, Jonathan Shipley, E. J. Shumak, Doug C. Souza, Jay Werkheiser, and Richard Zwicker.
Visions V: Milky Way is the fifth SF anthology from Lillicat Publishers on the subject of space exploration. It contains 400 pages and 20 short stories, including one by me. (I’m a little biased – so I won’t review my own story.)
There’s a wide variety of stories in this collection, covering many aspects of space exploration and adventure. Some are hard SF (like the first story by Jay Werkheiser, a story first published in Analog magazine). Other stories focus more on social issues and satire. Timothy Paul’s Black Hearts and Blue Skins is a heartfelt tale about xenophobia, for example. There’s an unusual story called Dropworld by Fredrick Obermeyer set almost entirely in the sky, a clever tale of clones and copies in Mirror Dialogues by Richard Zwicker, and a very long-distance relationship story called Pan Ad Aster by Bruce C Davis.
These stories reminded me of the kind of fiction you’d read in Asimov and Analog magazines. I think Visions V is worth checking out if you like the SF stories in those magazines, like I do.
Visions IV: Space Between Stars is the fourth volume of science fiction short stories from Lillicat Publishing. Like the previous collections, volume IV explores an aspect of space exploration. It includes fifteen stories.
I particularly enjoyed reading Sari Sari by Mary Madigan for its rebellious cyberpunky feel, which reminded me of William Gibson’s early work. It’s an excellent story with a strong plot and characters.
The collection includes stories set on space stations, asteroids, colony ships and even inside a black hole. Many stories made me think of the great stories from the Golden Age of Science Fiction, when writers like Asimov and Clarke wrote upbeat hard SF stories about space exploration, telling realistic stories about the men and women (and aliens) living in space.
Each story has been carefully edited by Carrol Fix, making it an easy read.
If you like space opera, I hope you’ll check out Visions IV.
This anthology is now available from the publisher and Amazon.
I’m pleased to also have a story in the previous anthology, Visions III: Beyond the Kuiper Belt. It contains stories by seventeen authors, imagining life on the edge of our solar system. Hard lives, hard radiation and hard SF, it’s a 305-page collection about space exploration and the future of humanity.
I am very happy to be among the winning entries of March’s Cult of Me writing competition, organised by Michael Brookes. The three prize-winning stories can be read on the Cult of Me website, where you can also read the previous winning stories and lots more.
I’m already looking forward to entering April’s competition. I hope you’ll enter it too. You can find the rules on Michael’s website.
There were only two jobs I wanted to have as a kid. The first one was a writer. The second was an astronaut.
I gave up that second ambition when I realised the investment necessary for space travel wasn’t going to happen any time soon, making it very unlikely I’d ever get to go into space.
I’d still love to travel up there – but until it becomes as routine as train travel, I will have to satisfy my ambition by writing science fiction.
I’m pleased to announce one of my SF stories is in a new anthology published in December called Visions III: Inside the Kuiper Belt. It’s edited by Carrol Fix and includes stories by seventeen international writers.