April / May recap: stories, sales & reviews

What the heck, May? I had three stories appear in three different publications this past month. Not that I'm complaining or anything... quite the opposite! The lovely threesome: The Machine of the Devil in Flash Fiction Online. (Read for free, subscribe, buy the issue.) Metal, Sex, Monsters in Gamut. (Subscribe, or buy the issue.) Firstborn… Continue reading April / May recap: stories, sales & reviews

Book review – INFOMOCRACY, by Malka Older

The official blurb: It's been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything's on the line.… Continue reading Book review – INFOMOCRACY, by Malka Older

12 awesome speculative fiction short stories

It's been a strange month for me, and maybe some of you as well. Even so, I read some awesome short fiction, and here are my favourites. Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies, by Brooke Bolander in Uncanny Magazine. "This is not the story of how he killed me, thank fuck." The fiercest and most ferocious… Continue reading 12 awesome speculative fiction short stories

Book review – ‘A Taste of Honey’, by KAI ASHANTE WILSON

The official blurb: Long after the Towers left the world but before the dragons came to Daluça, the emperor brought his delegation of gods and diplomats to Olorum. As the royalty negotiates over trade routes and public services, the divinity seeks arcane assistance among the local gods. Aqib bgm Sadiqi, fourth-cousin to the royal family… Continue reading Book review – ‘A Taste of Honey’, by KAI ASHANTE WILSON

Book review – VIGIL, by Angela Slatter

  The official blurb: Verity Fassbinder has her feet in two worlds. The daughter of one human and one Weyrd parent, she has very little power herself, but does claim unusual strength - and the ability to walk between us and the other - as a couple of her talents. As such a rarity, she… Continue reading Book review – VIGIL, by Angela Slatter

13 most excellent speculative fiction short stories

This month, like every month, I read a lot of amazing speculative short fiction. This is also the month when I've decided to switch from calling the stories I list "fantasy and science fiction", to calling them "speculative fiction". Quite simply because I include stories that are horror, magical realism, and, well... whatever other kind of… Continue reading 13 most excellent speculative fiction short stories

10 must-read fantasy & science fiction stories

I read some awesome speculative short fiction this month. As always, I don't pretend I've read everything out there, but here are some of my favourite things that I read in August. I Remember Your Face, by E.K. Wagner in Apex Magazine. I do love having my heart broken by great fiction, and this short story… Continue reading 10 must-read fantasy & science fiction stories

Book review – THE LILIES OF DAWN, by Vanessa Fogg

The official blurb: There is a lake of marvels. A lake of water lilies that glow with the color of dawn. For generations Kai’s people have harvested these lilies, dependent upon them for the precious medicines they provide. But now a flock of enchanted cranes has come to steal and poison the harvest. The lilies… Continue reading Book review – THE LILIES OF DAWN, by Vanessa Fogg

It’s release day: pick up your copy of TALES FROM ALTERNATE EARTHS!

It's here, and you can get it on Amazon! The new alternate history anthology 'Tales From Alternate Earths' from Inklings Press is now available at Amazon. Get it from Amazon! Read a great spotlight on authors, stories, and the anthology at Sci Fi Roundtable. Read about the inspiration behind my story 'Tunguska, 1987' at Darcia… Continue reading It’s release day: pick up your copy of TALES FROM ALTERNATE EARTHS!


SciFi Roundtable has just put up an author spotlight for Tales From Alternate Earths, the new alternate history anthology from Inklings Press that includes my short story 'Tunguska, 1987'. Huge thanks to Ducky at Ducky's Quill for this great feature, and the very kind words about the anthology and my story: I love when I… Continue reading Some kind words about TALES FROM ALTERNATE EARTHS

13 brilliant fantasy & science fiction short stories

I read a lot in July: both zine/online short fiction and books. I also discovered an important life-hack: reading short fiction when you're traveling long distances by plane is a most excellent way to pass the time in airports and on airplanes. Here are 13 brilliant short stories I encountered this month: The Big Bah-Ha, by… Continue reading 13 brilliant fantasy & science fiction short stories

Book review – THE KRAKEN SEA, by E. Catherine Tobler

The official blurb: Fifteen-year-old Jackson is different from the other children at the foundling hospital. Scales sometimes cover his arms. Tentacles coil just below his skin. Despite this Jackson tries to fit in with the other children. He tries to be normal for Sister Jerome Grace and the priests. But when a woman asks for… Continue reading Book review – THE KRAKEN SEA, by E. Catherine Tobler

Book review – UPROOTED by Naomi Novik

The official blurb: Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at… Continue reading Book review – UPROOTED by Naomi Novik

11 fabulous fantasy & science fiction short stories

I've read a lot of great short stories this past month. Here are 11 of my favourites. You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay, by Alyssa Wong in Uncanny Magazine. "But here, as the mountains cup the sky with deep brown hands, the call to bound away, howling, with the coyotes in the brush becomes almost unbearable."… Continue reading 11 fabulous fantasy & science fiction short stories

Books for your summer reading list

  There are a lot of awesome summer reading lists around the web, and I'm adding my reading recommendations to the pile. Most of these are books I've already read, but some are books I want to read. And yes, there is lots of awesome speculative fiction on this list, but some other literary fare as well.… Continue reading Books for your summer reading list

Book review -THE FIFTH SEASON, by N.K. Jemisin

The official blurb: A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.… Continue reading Book review -THE FIFTH SEASON, by N.K. Jemisin

Book review – The Jewel And Her Lapidary, by FRAN WILDE

  The official blurb: Buried beneath the layers of a traveler's guide is a hidden history: two kingdoms, powerful gems, and the even more powerful Lapidarys who bind them. Lin and Sima, caught in a web of intrigue and deceit, must find a way to escape the traps set by the past and save their… Continue reading Book review – The Jewel And Her Lapidary, by FRAN WILDE

Book review – MORT(E), by Robert Repino

The official book blurb: The “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that would forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. Under the Colony's watchful eye, this… Continue reading Book review – MORT(E), by Robert Repino

9 weird & wonderful science fiction & fantasy short stories

In my continuing quest to read as much new and fabulous science fiction and fantasy as I possibly can, and shout about it on the internet, I'm sharing these nine short stories you can read online right now: weird, wonderful, and highly recommended. St. Dymphna’s School For Poison Girls, by Angela Slatter at tor.com. Over the… Continue reading 9 weird & wonderful science fiction & fantasy short stories

My review of UPDRAFT, by Fran Wilde

The blurb: Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage. Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother's side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city's… Continue reading My review of UPDRAFT, by Fran Wilde