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My SF short story Bee Futures is currently FREE to read at QuarterReads (until sometime on 1 September).

Bee Futures was also recently loaded onto AnthologyBuilder.

And finally... Bee Futures will be appearing in a new British SF magazine, The Singularity.

(Bees get everywhere!)

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A couple of items that might interest my legions of readers...

Over at AnthologyBuilder, you'll find a new print collection of my published alternate history stories: Never Was, Nor Ever Will Be. The cover, by Dean Spencer, has been used by other AB anthologists, but it's so surpassingly beautiful (and apt for this collection) that I couldn't resist it.

Fair warning: five of the seven stories collected in this book have appeared in various ebook editions.

And talking of ebook editions: I wasn't intending to do any more free promos for my first Kindle e-book, but as have kindly publicised Alternate Apollos in their Explore section, I've decided to make it available for free today on Amazon. There's a "buy" button linked to at or you can find the ebook in the usual way at the other Amazons, e.g. here for the Brits.

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Over at LJ, Nancy Fulda, the esteemed director of the wonder-of-the-Internet that is AnthologyBuilder, has announced that my most recent anthology, March of the Robots, is Anthology of the Week. Yay for discounts!

Needless to say, there's lots of excellent robot-themed fiction beneath that stylish Frank Wu cover.

G'wan. You know you want to!


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Prompted by this recent post by AnthologyBuilder's owner/publisher/master-of-all-trades, the inestimable[info]nancyfulda, who kindly suggested using one of my stories as a prompt, I've assembled another of my themed anthologies. If you like stories about robots, March of the Robots is the book for you.

I've included two of my own stories, one of which I'm currently using as the basis for my novel-in-progress, also stories by two of my LJ friends [info]will_couvillier and [info]snickelish, plus eleven other masterpieces of mechanical mayhem.

I love the cover illustration, supplied (yet again!) by the amazingly talented Frank Wu.

March of the Robots is available to purchase here, for only $14.99 of your e-money.
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Well, not to any great extent, but someone must have bought a copy of my collection of stories, With Stars in His Eyes, on recently, as my royalties statement now exceeds $20, which means I'll be paid the next time Nancy does a payment run. Woot!

If you fancy owning a handsome physical copy of this collection, which was created by my dear friend and mentor, Liz Holliday, and contains fifteen of my SF (mostly!) stories, then please click here here. Yours for $14.95 plus P&P.

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My most recent effort, which I freely admit was prompted by finding this cover in the AnthologyBuilder picture library. More evidence of the genius that is Frank Wu, if you ask me.

Nancy Fulda, proprietor of AnthologyBuilder must have liked the line-up I put together, because she made this book her Anthology of the Week shortly after I created it.

Best story? Impossible to say, but if Liz Holliday's 'All of Me' doesn't make you cry then I don't know what will.

Available for the discounted price of $13.95 plus p&p from:
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A while back someone told me that green book covers don't sell. Please prove them wrong. This one, by Jeliza Patterson, is a beauty, which perfectly matches the anthology's theme of all things green and growing.

My favourite story in this set is the richly imaginative and very moving When Thorns are the Tips of Trees, by Jason Sanford, which was originally published in Interzone.

If you're interested in purchasing this book, it's available for the discounted price of $13.95 plus p&p from:
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This anthology doesn't only contain stories about climbing mountains, although you'll find splendid examples of that particular sub-genre here, including one of mine; but there also stories that happen to be set in upland locales, or on a high-altitude balloon, or on a space elevator.... Anywhere, in fact, that's "on high".

If I had to recommend just one story in this anthology it would be Matthew S. Rotundo's Ascension, which is giddy-making in all the right ways. It's a fabulous piece of work. There are also very fine stories by M. K. Hobson and Jaine Fenn, amongst others.

If you'd like to purchase this anthology, it is available at for $14.95 plus p&p.
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I've subscribed to Interzone since Issue 1, which was published way back in 1982. Since then, it has retained its status as one of the best SF magazines published anywhere. Seeing one of my stories appear in it, in 2003, was a career high for me.

I assembled Planet Interzone as a way of a thanking David Pringle, who published and edited the magazine for most of its long history, also Andy Cox and co (of TTA Press fame) who have done a brilliant job since taking over in 2004. The anthology contains some wonderful stories, with particular favourites by David Langford, Nicola Griffith, Gareth L Powell and David Redd, but my biggest thrill was to be able to include the undeservedly obscure (and frankly wonderful) The Finn by Sue Thomason.

If you'd like to purchase a copy of this anthology, which contains 17 stories, it's available
here for $14.95 plus P&P.
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Two years ago, I compiled Kill Your Darlings in honour of my dear friend Jaine's successful ascent to pro-dom, as signified by the publication of her first novel (Principles of Angels) by Gollancz. Since then more books have appeared. A successful career is well under way. Long may it continue.

As well as including four of Jaine's excellent stories, I took the opportunity to interleave four stories by other members of the One Step Beyond writers' group, of which Jaine was (and remains) a founder member. These include works by [ profile] lizholliday, Mike Lewis, Heather Lindsley and, um, me. Terrific writers the lot of them. Well, all except one of them ;-)

Anyone who has read much of Jaine's fiction will understand why I chose that title. M. K. Hobson's wonderful illustration matches it perfectly.

If you'd like to purchase a copy of this anthology, it's available
here for $14.95 plus P&P.
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Paradoxical Pasts contains twelve reprinted stories on the theme of alternate history. It probably goes without saying that some of my favourite books and stories tell tales of a past gone weird, or of a strange-seeming future that derived from some obscure point of diversion. Keith Roberts's Pavane remains my personal favourite at novel-length.

My favourite story in this collection is Ted Kosmatka's The Phrophet of Flores
. Before I included it in this anthology I hadn't read it; now I think of it as one of the best SF stories I've ever read. Yes, it's that good.

The cover art is by Frank Wu. A perfect fit to the anthology's theme and gloriously witty to boot. I am happy to confirm that the cover looks even better in printed form.

Nancy Fulda, AnthologyBuilder's founder and owner, was kind enough to feature this anthology not long after I completed it.

If you'd like to purchase a copy of this anthology, it's available
here at the discounted price of $13.95 plus P&P.
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Two Degrees of Separation was the first anthology I assembled using AnthologyBuilder. It contains 18 reprinted stories written by friends of mine and friends of those friends, plus me of course; hence the title. Having bought and read the book, I am happy to confirm that the standard of printing and the quality of the stories is very high.

My favourite stories include Hitting the Skids in Pixeltown by
[info]matthewsrotundo, This is the Universe by [info]lizholliday and  On the Deck of the Flying Bomb by David Redd.

It would be remiss of me if I didn't state just how much I love Robert Hole, Jr.'s picture. It's probably my favourite on AnthologyBuilder.

Two Degrees of Separation currently stands at Number Eight in the sales-ranked list of anthologies at

If you'd like to purchase a copy of this anthology, it's available
here at the discounted price of $13.95 plus P&P.
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Loving the Alien is AnthologyBuilder's Featured Anthology for this week, which means that it's available for purchase at the discounted price of $12.95 plus p&p.

This is a themed anthology that I put together a few weeks ago. It features stories about aliens and alien artifacts, written by some of the best writers around (plus me). If you can finish Liz Holliday's story without blubbing you're probably not human.
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Nancy Fulda, the inestimable publisher of AnthologyBuilder, has announced that my SF story Star in a Glass is available for purchase here:

Plus she says good things about it, which is always pleasing. See

This story was originally published in the Music for Another World anthology. It's the one about a prog-metal-ballet band and their quest for performance enhancing substances... Go on, you know you want to read it ;-)

[Yes, I did wait for the 6 months of exclusivity to expire. And even after that, I did check with Mutation Press. Publisher Mark Harding was happy for me to go ahead. You can still purchase his excellent anthology here:]
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Having pondered the response to my last-but-one post (, I bring to you:

New contest rules!

Question: Which is Liz's favourite story in With Stars in His Eyes?

Clue: A little research here should narrow the field:

Prize: The first person to answer correctly wins the book. Or, if you don't want With Stars in His Eyes, I'll buy you any other anthology that made it into the final stage of AnthologyBuilder's 'Most Liked' contest (see: Even the one featuring dragons.

Closing date/time: 2359 GMT, today (18 August 2010).

Go on, you know you want to.

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So, my three anthologies lost, but I won all the same!

To celebrate, I'm running a contest. This one requires skill luck!

The rules:

Answer these two questions in your comment to this post:

Q1. In Liz's collection of my stories, which is her favourite?
Q2. Which is my favourite?

You can have as many goes as you like.

I'll answer 0, 1 or 2 to each comment, depending on how many questions you get right. First to get a "2" wins a free copy of 'With Stars in His Eyes'. I'll buy it and AnthologyBuilder will despatch it to you.

Get guessing!

Edit: A big "thanks" to my dear friend Liz Holliday for compiling the winning anthology. I'm in her debt, of course.
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The AnthologyBuilder 2010 Most-Liked Anthology contest closes on Sunday. If you log on to the site, you can cast one vote every day until then.

There is also a 15%-off sale, today and tomorrow. Lots of great anthologies to buy, or you could build one of your own. If you haven't tried that yet, prepare to lose what little free time you thought you had available ;-)

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The second and final phase of AnthologyBuilder's "most liked anthology" contest is now open.

The nine finalists are here:

The rules are here:

Enjoy voting.

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Pure coincidence, but my dear friend (and superb writer, also accomplished former magazine editor) Liz Holliday has just posted a collection of my published stories on AnthologyBuilder. The cover, title and intro are absolutely wonderful.

I owe Liz huge thanks.
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My stories Stars in Her Eyes, originally published in Postscripts, and Extra Time, originally published in Hub, have been loaded onto AnthologyBuilder. That's 15 of my stories in all, so if anyone has ever wanted to own a collection of my work...


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