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 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 […]

Beautiful Gun Cover Reveal!

Here is Ashel 5, grumpy superwoman, penitential antagonist and big-hearted, heavily-armed lunatic. Isn’t she beautiful? I love all my covers, but wanted to go in a different direction with a new heroine. It was also important that the new cover scream science fiction, but in a way we haven’t seen before. The design is by […]

Why plague sci-fi is crap

I knew there was a reason I’ve never liked plague sci-fi: it’s because it’s always dull and not really sci-fi. Just substitute the plague for any other calamity and it’s just a set of standard disaster tropes. Plague is a tedious antagonist because it don’t make choices based on opportunities afforded by technology, it simply […]

New Outer Spheres artwork by Rowena Candy

In ‘The Outer Spheres’, Charity Freestone is aided by characters who were previously antagonists. One is a special forces operative called 23, who becomes Charity’s heavily armed fairy godmother. The protean 23 is never encountered in person; Charity doesn’t even find out what she looks like. Instead, 23 appears as a giant cannon, a warship […]