eBook Review: Dear Coca Cola by Terry Ravenscroft

Terry Ravenscroft likes to write letters of complaint ansd praise to businesses about their products. He is a bored retiree with a sharp sense of humour and in Dear Coca Cola he has taken on the persona of a daft fanatic / complainant about a variety of well-known products. In each case he takes a [...]

Book Review: War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

I'm sure everybody knows this story by now. If they haven't seen any number of what seems like an unending supply of screen adaptations, then they know the musical or in some way, the basics of the plot so the recap here will be very brief: A male narrator writes in diary form, the events [...]

Book Review: 1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke

As tongue in cheek as the title sounds, this is an informative history book that charts 1000 years of Anglo-French mutual adoration loathing. Stephen Clarke leaves no stone unturned as he charts events surrounding the momentous events from history involving the two countries. The text is as tongue in cheek as you would expect and [...]

Flash fiction challenge starting with this sentence – Post a Day #252

Another fiction challenge from The Daily Post. As with the last one I've set myself an arbitrary word limit of 300. Let's see how this goes... I told him where I was going, and he hurried me out, pointing to the door with the gun, but what he didn’t know was I couldn't go that [...]

Book Review: The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

This is the least typical of Wyndham's novels in that it is set in the far future and not in middle England. This is a tale of a small agricultural community on the island of Labrador in a far future post-apocalyptic world. Their historical documents refer to the people of old who were destroyed by [...]

Social Commentary in science fiction: How it changed after 9/11

I'm not here to offer platitudes, express outrage or appeal to jingoism and xenophobia. I think there has been enough of that in the last ten years and there is nothing I can say about the event that hasn't already been said. What I do want to do is discuss how the world's worst terrorist [...]

Challenge: Flash Fiction using the word “Dendrofilous”

Post a Day has set a flash fiction challenge. Here is my effort. Word limit: 300 "New to this?" Asked the site foreman with a knowing grin, passing me a coffee. I sipped it and watched the drill descend. It wasn't quite at the deepest permissible point but it was close. "You learn not to [...]

Challenge: Write a Story in Only Six Words

Challenging post a daytoday. I've seen on other blogs that some writers rise to the challenge of flash and micro fiction. These are incredibly short stories typically, 1000 words or (far) fewer for flash fiction, 500 characters or fewer for micro fiction. There is no formal set limit, different websites have different ideas about what [...]

Steampunk: Quirky, Funky, Sexy

I must admit that I've recently developed a bit of a fascination for the sub-genre and its something I've approached through the artwork. On my woefully underused tumblr page I have posted several steampunk'd science fiction icons (a dalek, optimus prime, predator, R2D2 and C3P0) and a computer just for the amusement. However I do [...]

Examples of Social Commentary in Horror

Having already established that science fiction often contains elements of social commentary, I wish to explore whether the same is true of horror. I had this idea about a week ago and in preparation felt I ought to write a few book reviews of my favourite horror novels. To be perfectly honest I can't think [...]