Category Archives: SciFi

In Praise of Iain M. Banks

By all appearances, science fiction is about to lose one of its greats. I’ve only gotten into the Culture series relatively recently, but coincidentally I was in the middle of reading one of Iain Banks’ books (Excession) when I heard his horrible news. Amongst the outpouring of shock and sadness online, various retrospectives have been written regarding Banks’ work, which makes me think this may be as good a time as any to offer my meager contribution to the subject.

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EPIC FANTASY 0.9b Review

The nice folks at All Book Reviews have posted their review of Epic Fantasy 0.9b. This actually comes at a great time; I’m in the process of having the cover re-done and generally putting more time into marketing it as the work on my novel (gradually) wraps up. The review itself is very positive, although they do make a couple criticisms which I think are somewhat fair. It looks like their blog is getting off to a great start, so I urge you all to subscribe to them if you want to find more great books to read.

Dead End Bridge

It’s that time again! I have a new story up on the Kindle store. Science fiction of course, but this time with a hint of noir. To quote my Amazon blurb:

Leonard was nothing but a grit fiend, whiling his days away in a high-rise slum on the wrong side of what used to be the George Washington Bridge. That all changed when Camille, a beautiful woman from his favorite dive bar, drew him into a plot to kill her boyfriend, a dangerous and abusive local gangster. Suddenly Leonard is sucked into a world of spine-tapping arachmods and ruthless gang warfare in 22nd-century Manhattan, muddling through a half-baked scheme that may save Camille’s life — or cost him his own.

If that sounds interesting, click the image above and give it a look. It’s free today and tomorrow (Friday, May 4th and Saturday May 5th, for those reading from the future). The standard offer applies: if you would like a free copy after the promotion ends, follow me on Twitter and send me a @message and I’ll get you a review copy.

Thanks to my Radial Works Media cohorts John Shutt and Pete Ingham for editing, as well as J. Daniel Batt for another excellent cover design.

The Start of Something Exciting: A Grave in cloudSpace

Confession time: I’ve had a secret brewing for a little while. For the past few weeks, I’ve been working with a group of writers on an experimental project: a co-operative web-based publishing imprint named Radial Works Media.

What is a co-operative publishing imprint? It means that as a group, we share our talents for free with each other. As individuals we have expertise in editing, content development, layout and cover design, and when one of us has a short story or book we feel is ready to be published, we all work together to make it the best it can be.  Each author keeps the royalties from their own work, but we publish with a group imprint logo that signals to readers that they can expect each book we put out to be up to our high standards for content, editing and design.

So, why am I so excited about this? Because it’s a completely new model for publishing, one which I think you may see a lot more of in the future. It’s been really cool these past few weeks experimenting behind the scenes, ironing out the details, and getting our first short story ready for publication. And best of all, by sheer coincidence that story happens to be one I wrote.  It’s called:

A Grave in cloudSpace

As of today, it’s available to borrow for free for Amazon Prime subscribers.  However, if you don’t have Amazon Prime, it will be free to download tomorrow (Thursday, March 1st 2012) for a period of 24 hours.  Alternately, if you’re following me on Twitter, send me a mention and I will direct message you a free review copy.

As for the story itself, it’s science fiction with a touch of horror; more details can be found at the Amazon page.  But really, it’s just the start of some awesome content coming down the pipeline from the Radial Works authors.  If you want more information about RWM or our process, we have a blog that will have updates posted soon.

It should be obvious to just about everyone at this point that the publishing world is in the process of being turned on its head.  Some people see the rise of self-publishing as the future and assume that traditional publishers are destined for extinction.  Others believe that without traditional publishing, there is no way to filter out noise and prevent readers from drowning in a sea of mediocrity.  I’m not going to pretend that Radial Works is some giant revolution in publishing; its simply a combination of ideas that have been around in various forms for some time.  But I think if we can execute on our vision, then we have a chance to alter the debate by changing the way the industry looks at self-publishing.  And the best part is, everyone else gets some really awesome stuff to read in the meantime ;).

Stay tuned for more, it’s going to be an interesting year…

EPIC FANTASY 0.9b, Part 2

(Continued from Part 1)

Chapter 2

“Mortimer, you stink!” Gus said, pointing a finger at the object of his ridicule.

“Hey, leave him alone.” Bart’s head, topped with his mop of brown hair, peered over Gus’s shoulder. It was an easy feat, since he was a foot taller than his companion. “What did ol’ Mort ever do to you?”

“It’s true!” Gus slapped his hand on the fence of the corral. “All the other pigs try to avoid their own poop, but Mortimer doesn’t care. He’s so old and fat, he just lays right in it. Don’t you, you stupid fat hog?”

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EPIC FANTASY 0.9b, Part 1

The following is the first chapter of my new science fiction novella, EPIC FANTASY 0.9b. It’s also available as a full e-book; click the link above for more info. Enjoy!

Chapter 1

Ian looked down from the outcropping of gray rock and spied on the Dracinarium nestled in the gully. To his right, the path meandered back and forth, forming an easy route to its front door, but Ian was in no mood to prolong his journey. After a quick check to make sure the leather pouch was still attached securely to his belt, he leapt forward, bounding down the rock face with a few well-timed hops to the clearing below.

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