TWTYTW (2014)

On the publishing front, the highlight of 2014 was receiving an acceptance for my short story ‘Supply and Demand in the Post-War Economy’ from Daily Science Fiction, who published it in October. Also of note was the reprinting of ‘Dark They Were, and Strange Inside’ in Futures 2 (from, a best-of of stories published in Nature Futures), also an acceptance from Quasar for the translation of ‘The English Dead’ into Italian. That story should appear next year, as should ‘A Walk in the Woods’ (reprint) and its sequel ‘A Walk in the Rain’, in Postscripts 34/35 from PS Publishing.

Although I have not been particularly active on the ebook reprinting front this year, it was good to see my previously e-published collection of SF stories, Moondust Memories, become available in a paperback edition, courtesy of CreateSpace. You can find it on Amazon and other sites.

I’m always on the lookout for new venues for my previously published short fiction. October saw the launch of a new publishing venture called QuarterReads. It employs a $5 for 20 reads model, with 88% royalties accrued to the author’s account each time their work is read. This website publishes both original and reprinted work: short stories, poems, essays and memoirs. There is a lot of good fiction by both established and less well-known writers on QuarterReads, which currently hosts
ten of my short stories.

On the events front, I greatly enjoyed Loncon3, my first World SF Convention. I attended the middle three days. I met many friends, showed my face at the ‘Futures 2’ launch party and applauded during the Hugo Awards ceremony. I also said “Hi!” and “Thanks!” to several editors who’ve published my work over the years. But my highlight was briefly talking to Christopher Priest after his reading. He’s one of my very favourite SF&F authors.

One negative aspect of this year has been my productivity, which was restricted by an unresolved shoulder and neck problem. Pleasing changes on the domestic front also caused some downtime. Similar issues can be expected in 2015, but I shall push on regardless. You will find news of my publishing adventures in the usual places, including on this website.