Free Short Stories

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Uh-oh. I’ve had one of my short story collections signed up with KDP Select for the last three months without remembering to do any free days – so I’m now making it free until September 21st for anyone interested in reading some free contemporary stories about love, loss and lies.

I also have some other free ebooks on other websites – crime and science fiction – which you can read more about here.

Here’s the Amazon links for anyone wanting to download The Good Soldier before the offer runs out.

Amazon US

Amazon UK

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Clockwork Cairo – steampunk anthology

Clockwork Cairo – steampunk anthology

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.

Clockwork Cairo is released in May 2017.
Clockwork Cairo is released in May 2017.

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Here’s a list of the contributors:

Gail Carriger
Sarah Caulfield
Jonathan Green
Tiffany Trent
Zan Lee
Chaz Brenchley
David Barnett
Nisi Shawl
Benjanun Sriduankaew
George Mann
Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine
Matthew Bright
Rod Duncan
Christopher Parvin
M.J. Lyons
Anne Jensenrriger
John Moralee (me!)
E. Catherine Tobler
K. Tempest Bradford

More information about this book can be found at the publisher’s website: Twopenny Press.

New Release: Visions VI: Galaxies – science fiction anthology

New Release: Visions VI: Galaxies

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Includes “Canyon Falls”

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:

Amazon US: Paperback/Kindle version

Amazon UK: Paperback/Kindle version

or at Smashwords

New Science Fiction Anthology Release

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 PublishersAmazon and other retailers.

Visions V: Milky Way is an anthology of science fiction.
Visions V: Milky Way is an anthology of science fiction.

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.

My review:

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.

 

 

 

New SF release: Visions IV: Between the Stars

New anthology published May 2016

 Visions IV: Between the Stars

visions IV space beyond starsThis new SF anthology includes my story – Paradise Saved – as well as many others. Visions IV: Between the Stars is a diverse selection of science fiction edited by Carrol Fix, each exploring the space between the stars. It contains short stories by J. Richard Jacobs, S. M. Kraftchak, Tom Olbert, Timothy Paul, Mark P. Steele , Emma TonkinJohn Moralee (Me!), Sidney Blaylock Jr. , Sarah Buhrman , Preston Dennett , Jeremy M. Gottwig , Margaret Karmazin , Jeremy Lichtman , Mary Madigan , and Jonathan Shipley .

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.

Lillicat PublishingAmazon US /Amazon UK

kuiper belt coverI’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.

Cult of Me March Winners

 

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.

 

 

Book Release: Visions III

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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.

Visions III is available from: Lillicat Publishing,  Amazon US and Amazon UK.