Brave New Year

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope the holidays gave everybody the chance to rest, reflect and recharge, ready for 2022. Over the Christmas period I was invited by the splendidly mad AnRoinnUltra to contribute to a bit of festive science-fiction whimsy he’s called Twelve Robots of Christmas. The premise is simple: over the twelve daysContinue reading “Brave New Year”

November Roundup

November was very busy! The SFF Chronicles podcast, Chronscast, continues to get ready for our January launch, and we recorded another episode at the back end of November. This second episode was with the lovely Jo Zebedee, author of the Abendau Trilogy and Inish Carraig. We discussed Klara And The Sun, which I wrote aboutContinue reading “November Roundup”

Literature Long Read: Service with a Smile in Klara And The Sun

One of the great things about being a fiction writer – or any sort of artist, I suppose – is that we have the ability (one might almost say the obligation) to present the world not in terms of scientific logic but in terms of intention, orientation, motivation, and choice. But we still have toContinue reading “Literature Long Read: Service with a Smile in Klara And The Sun”

The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas, Chapters 10 & 11

This week, I’m publishing a double-header of the final two chapters as I bring this novella to a close. Last time, Antonios was confronted with the true nature of the terror sleeping in the deep, awoken by the folly and nihilism of others. Now, in the endgame, Antonios tries to make good his escape fromContinue reading “The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas, Chapters 10 & 11”

Write Beat Death: Words To Save Your Soul

Writers are strange creatures; we tend to get rather anxious about almost every aspect of the creative process. The first draft, writer’s block, the editing process, our characters, narratives, plot mechanics, writing query letters, writing synopses, submitting queries, and generally anything else that goes along with the whole business. That’s even before you actually getContinue reading “Write Beat Death: Words To Save Your Soul”

The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas, Chapter 9

After coming to the terrible realisation that the dire events that have played out in the archaeological dig are mirroring the ancient fate of the Giants, who were doomed by their own hubris, Antonios ploughs on through the darkness for answers, and meets somebody he does not expect, in terrifying circumstances. I inched along theContinue reading “The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas, Chapter 9”

The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas, Chapter 8

Last week two terrible catastrophes befell the dig party. As the survivors survey the wreckage of the calamity, Antonios tries to find his friends among the rubble, and as he has a violent confrontation he comes to a terrible realisation of what links the history of the Giants to the tragedies afflicting them in theContinue reading “The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas, Chapter 8”

The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas, Chapter 7

Last week, Medas paid a visit to Antonios in the night, and the sense of an otherness in the camp grew. This week, as day breaks in the darkness two terrible calamities visit themselves unto the party. The next day, the diggers set about excavating the great tunnel with a strange blend of alacrity andContinue reading “The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas, Chapter 7”

The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas, Chapter 6

Last week, tensions were heightened in the sinkhole dig as whispers of a malevolent force being the cause of the accident made their way through the camp. This week, Antonios and his friends consider the merits of such superstitious claims, and Medas pays a visit on Antonios in the night. We stopped for the night.Continue reading “The Gigantomachy Of Antonios Costas, Chapter 6”