A Coming of Age Story Perfect for Spring

Despite that spring is my favourite season, it seems that I’ve written few stories set during the three months between the end of March and June. It’s a period that defines new life, a new start, new beginnings and people tend to be blessed with a certain air of positivity and relaxation. Spring for me […]

Science Fiction’s Sub-Genres in a Nutshell (Part 1)

To the uninitiated, science fiction is about space battles and exploring planets full of strange and wonderful creatures. Yet science fiction has never “just” been about spaceships and alien planets. That is just one subgenre of our weird and wonderful genre. There are many more and you might be surprised at some books and films […]

Book Review: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

I saw Dark Eden advertised in SFX magazine a few years ago and added it to my mental wish list. It sounded my sort of thing and I eventually bought it on Kindle. A tale of strange alien worlds and life forms, exotic yet hostile, beautiful yet problematic about a small colony trying to survive. […]

Snippet Sunday: Syzygy Part 8 (Finale)

Here we are, the final part of my current serial. I hope you have enjoyed the adventure, please don’t forget to offer your feedback. Previous parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7. The next few minutes seemed to pass in slow motion – up the stairs into a gunfights. The woman in […]

Snippet Sunday 12/6/16: Syzygy Part 4

“What is this?” I hear you say, “has he actually got back to this serial and stopped leaving us on that cliffhanger from part 3?” Yes, dear reader, indeed I have. We left our dimension-jumping hero in a ruined wasteland nearly two months ago. Here is part 4… My “brother” smirked. He knew he had […]

Snippet Sunday: Syzygy Part 2

Part 2 of my new serial. If you have not read part 1 yet, it is here Well, to say I was not in the same place is not technically true. I was sat on a chair and at a table just like the one I was on moments ago. It was the world around […]

Snippet Sunday: Syzygy Part 1

A new serial! This idea has been bouncing around my head for a few weeks now but until now I haven’t had much to go on apart from this opening scene. I hope you all like this and forgive the unusual nature of the title. It is explanatory – partly – but I have always […]

What is “New Space Opera”?

… there are plenty of American writers who, like the Brits [list of names provided] have been engaged in reinventing and refurbishing space opera’s cherished but almost fatally tarnished and rusted tropes. In short, the New Space Opera is more of a confluence than a movement: a wide range of writers working on a broad […]

Social Commentary in Science Fiction: Mockingjay

I know I have already written a post on The Hunger Games but here I want to write specifically about the final book/film where everything changes and the story is brought to a satisfactory conclusion (well, for some). Though it follows the same theme of celebrity culture, there are other elements that make this final […]

Book Review: An0maly by CJ Moseley

CJ has been kind enough to review two of my released self-published works in the past, most recent a fantastic review of Dead Heat. Having bought this about a year ago, I felt it was time to return the favour. With the promise that this would be a good weird-fi romp (as promised by reviews […]