Beautiful Gun Update!

Also, a spot of guidance about developing a novel on a low (for which read zero) budget. The substantive edit (the one where an editor gets under the bonnet of the book and ensures it works structurally) was done by a fellow novelist – FD Lee – and in return I edited her most recent […]

Review of Room 15 by Charles Harris

It’s 2009, and DI Ross Blackleigh finds himself alone on a road in winter covered in blood with no idea how he got there. As far as he knows, a moment ago he was at a party at his house, and it was summer – but that party was a year and a half ago. […]

Best of British SF 2019

  I’ve been a fan of these anthologies for years – here is my review of the 2016 volume, also edited by Donna Scott. I was therefore delighted when my short story The Minus-Four Sequence was accepted for the 2019 collection. Here’s the table of contents: 2019: An Introduction – Donna Scott The Anxiety Gene […]

London Centric – Tales of Future London

This awesome short story anthology from NewCon Press was originally going to be one volume that included science fiction/fantasy tales about London past, present and future. However, it was eventually split in two, with Volume 1, Soot & Steel, already available on the NewCon Press website. The book I’m in is about London future. Me […]

Female Violence in Genre Fiction

This post is linked to the next one on Life in Sci-Fi, a guest piece by novelist Jane Davis, whose new book At the Stroke of Nine O’Clock explores the motivations for female violence in the twentieth century. It’s interesting to compare how historical fiction and SF deal with this theme, because Jane’s story looks […]

The Witcher vs The Mandalorian

Both ground-breaking genre TV shows came from the ‘new media’ of internet/streaming services rather than established terrestrial networks. The Witcher was made for Amazon Prime and The Mandalorian by Disney+. Each series is an adaptation of an existing work in another media. The Witcher evolved from a short story by Polish author Andrej Sapkowski and […]

The Whiteness of Ashel 5

I have just finished a punishing second draft of Beautiful Gun following edits, and the book has now gone off to beta readers to prepare for draft three. Draft two is pretty much a digital remastering already, with a whole new third, although the story spine is the same. It’s so much better, with the […]

Review of Wonderland by Juno Dawson

17-year old Alice’s quest to find her lost paramour Bunny is a twisty head trip down the class and gender rabbit hole. Driven by personal demons and seduced by beautiful psychopaths, transgender Alice must negotiate the beguiling social horrors of an exclusive party called Wonderland. The novel explores the glamour used by the rich to […]