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 […]

JK Rowling & Transphobia

If you grew up in the 1980s, which apart from the cyberpunk bit at the beginning were a vile conflux of blandness and a weirdly conservative sort of greed, then the 90s were meant to be an antidote to all that. We had a Body Shop poster on the living room wall of our student […]

Dread & the Broken Witch – Origins

It’s certainly an interesting time to be talking about Dread & the Broken Witch. As you can see from the lovely pic, the Broken Witch is a black woman, and she is a trans woman as well. The book is a novella, albeit a long one. Novellas are the book form between short stories and […]

Dread & the Broken Witch

Dread & the Broken Witch is my new novella, which will be published by Luna Press next year. In the fabulous heart of the ancient, altered continent of Zabardu, a nameless Dread falls across the Village and traps Precious Child. The terrified villagers turn to their healer, a brilliant but outrageous transgender woman called Bambomiyi, who lives […]