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Persistence Pays Off

Anyone who writes, or more specifically anyone who submits their writing to be published, will be familiar with rejection. Our stories get rejected, sometimes for reasons that make sense to us, sometimes with no reason given, sometimes for reasons that perplex us. We just have to suck it up and move on to the next […]

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Review – Embers of War

Set in a post-war galactic civilisation, Embers of War delivers classic space opera action whilst feeling like a true 21st century novel. The Trouble Dog is a sentient warship, now decommissioned and run by a skeleton crew of misfits. The war is over and it’s a time of reconciliation and redemption so these days the […]

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Recommended… and recruited.

So far 2018 has seen various pleasing developments on the writing front. One of these is finding that my interplanetary heist novella, ‘The Martian Job‘ has made it onto Locus’s Recommended Reading List. Another is being accepted as a writer for the marvellously named Black Library, the fiction arm of Games Workshop. My first piece for […]

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The Last Jedi – review

I’ve left it a while to post this review, for two reasons. Firstly, I needed to see the film again to gather my thoughts. Secondly: here be spoilers, so I was waiting until most of those who have an interest had probably seen it. Overall, I wasn’t that impressed. This was, in part, because the […]

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The Martian Job

Happy Book birthday to me. I went off a bit early, announcing the release of my new novella from Newcon Press a couple of weeks back, but it really is out today. I loved writing it, given my brief was just to write a story set on Mars, an idea which then collided with my […]

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Double Story Release Bonanza!

I’ve not had much news to share here recently – OK, I could have gone on about winning the BSFA Award, but I kind of blanketed social media with my joy over that at the time – but in the last week I’ve had not one but two stories see print. Actually, one of them […]

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The Worm Within – book review

The Worm Within is a story of loyalty, intrigue and extra-dimensional threats set in a future so far distant it looks a lot like a mythical past. The protagonist, Iago, is a sorcerer’s apprentice, of sorts; he is also an orphan with a destiny, who goes on what could be seen as a quest. These […]

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Eastercon schedule

I missed last year’s Eastercon, so I’m really looking forward to this year’s. As it’s only just over a week away it’s time to post my schedule: Friday 19:00 – 20:00 – Emotional Storytelling Through Music.  The trailer for Logan, the third solo Wolverine movie, was backed up by Johnny Cash’s cover of Hurt. It immediately […]

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A year of patronage

More good stuff to celebrate, although not unexpected; I’ve now been on Patreon for a full year. It still gives me a genuine warm and fuzzy feeling to know people are willing to give up some of their hard-earned dosh to help me get my stories out there. Partly in general exuberance, but mainly because […]

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Designed by Martin Reed


  • Also, while it’s a massive room it has no storage space - unless we’re meant to put our undies and t-shirts in these? ,
  • Staying in a comfy room decorated in the ‘junk shop on acid’ style ,
  • This weekend I am mainly eating too much ,
  • What, it's ? Damn, should have gone back to sleep after the alarm went off after all.,
  • Liking the guest spot for The Great Cthulhu in this week's Shame he didn't get the job.,