A relatively short video essay on Prey (2022), the original Predator (1987), science fiction, and the value of central metaphors. [more inside]
And They Were Not My Words is a small collection/zine of various cut-up fiction experiments, in which I’ve tried creating new works from old pieces by various authors. Includes Five Entries Recovered From Jorge Luis Borges’ Imaginary Book Of Beings, In The Terminals Of Minraud (a William Burroughs trilogy), Thirteen New Tales by the Brothers Grimm, Five Tributes To The Works Of Daniil Kharms, and What Haruki Murakami Talks About When He Talks About Women. [more inside]
Avoidance Procedures is a short comic about persevering in the face of the immensity and eternity of everything. It's also the 60th (and last) episode in the lo-fi sci-fi comic series Places In Space, an episodic journey across the universe and back again spread out across two different 30 episode series (previously on projects). [more inside]
I have collected my short fiction from the last ten years into three collections. [more inside]
Places In Space is an episodic ultra lo-fi, and occasionally experimental, science fiction serial, detailing a voyage of discovery through the solar system and beyond, with new episodes appearing every Monday. Volume One ran for 30 episodes between May and November 2019, and Volume Two started this week, with the 32nd episode, I Remember Andromeda, a short rumination on the slow decay of facts over time. [more inside]
In The Terminals Of Minraud is a trilogy of thematiclaly-linked short stories - March My Captive Head, Last Of The Gallant Heroes, and Fading My Name Through Dying Air - assembled entirely out of sentences from William Burroughs novels. (Stories contain sex, violence, unpleasant language) [more inside]
An Accumulation Of Things is a website which collects together various selections of my (fairly eclectic) writing output, including numerous fairy tales, short stories, comics, graphic novels, children's picture books (both rough scripts and fully illustrated books), and occasional short poems and other ephemera. This week is the site's first anniversary, and in that year to date so far it has accumulated roughly 300 things, and my current ongoing projects include Violent Penguin (a daily comic strip about a Penguin), A Thousand And One Tales (my weekly ongoing fairy tales project), and Places In Space (a weekly series of short science fiction comics, detailing a voyage through space). [more inside]
In 2018, I completed work on Chronin, a queer historical SF duology and my debut as a solo graphic novelist. It follows Mirai Yoshida, a college student in an elite program which uses time travel for research, who finds herself trapped in 1860s Japan as civil war is brewing. The complete arc is 730 pages. Today, Volume 1 is out in the world. [more inside]
An Escape is a short illustrated dystopian fiction story, told obliquely through a series of 15 interconnected (mostly) single-page vignettes.
In The Adventure Of The Empty Nursery, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are called upon to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a child from a locked nursery room. But as the case progresses, things begin to take a turn for the strange and the weird. (10,000 words long, contains some violence, self-harm)
Destination: Mars is a 180-page graphic novel, that tells a tale of exploration, love and strangeness on an odd and incomprehensible world. Three people (and a cat) set out on a journey to Mars, only to discover that the world there is stranger and more dangerous than they could ever have known. [more inside]
A short SF story I’ve been trying to sell since 2015 that suddenly has relevance thanks to the Vice story about face swap pornography so I decided to self publish it to Medium. Celebrity! Copyright! Intellectual property! Puns!
A procedural planet generator that uses a clever templating system and a mildly terrifying shader to produce an endless stream of pictures and descriptions of alien planets.
An old prototype SF game about mysteries, weird aliens, and managing your crew. [more inside]
A fundamentally hopeful new genre, solarpunk envisions a future of green, sustainable energy used by societies that value inclusiveness, cooperation, and personal freedom. Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation features A.C. Wise, Daniel José Older, Kristine Ong Muslim, Nisi Shawl, Lavie Tidhar, and others, all exploring solutions to environmental disasters. [more inside]
For years and years, I’ve been collecting editions of the Annual World’s Best SF anthology series, which ran from 1972 to 1990. A couple of years ago I decided to commit to reading or rereading every single one of them, and to reviewing every single story in each of them on Goodreads. As of April 2017, I’ve gotten through 10 of them and reviewed a total of 107 stories. [more inside]
My first professionally published short story. It's about robots playing baseball. Well, sort of. But mostly it's about industrial espionage.
Released today, The Museum of All Things Awesome and That Go Boom is an anthology of science fiction featuring blunt force trauma, explosions, adventure, derring-do, tigers, Martians, zombies, fanged monsters, dinosaurs (alien and domestic), ray guns, rocket ships, and anthropomorphized marshmallows. [more inside]
A Tumblr with one list a day, almost completely unburdened by truth or common sense. Some examples: nine notable letters and marks; seven guests not to invite to your party; seven lesser-known pirate hoards; three light meals; the seven great societies of time travellers; Instructions for Those Who Wish To Take the Path Through the City and Emerge Unscathed on the Other Side; four lesser-known English Explorers of the Early Victorian Period; six proposals for a transient architecture.
The Museum of All Things Awesome and that Go Boom has a world-class collection of artifacts, equipment, weapons, clothing, disguises, letters, taxidermied kills, holodeck simulators based on actual memories in amber, exotic life forms, artwork, vehicles, technologies, listening devices, and memorabilia and insignia designed, manufactured, or used by swashbucklers, pirates, ninjas, adventurers, privateers, spaceship commandos, illuminati, and intelligence organizations now and in the past. [more inside]
The Smoking Moon is an album by Toby Vok, with an accompanying science fiction novelisation by Ted Vaaak. All available for the great price of free (or more, if you so desire). [more inside]
Iconic British science fiction magazine SXFX will celebrate its 21st anniversary later this year, so here’s a quick look back at some of the articles from the rarely seen and much sought after first issue. Articles include a raucous talk with Lori Petty and Naomi Watts about the upcoming Tank Girl movie; a chat with the new Doctor Who on the set of his long-awaited TV turn; a conversation with Jonathan Frakes about his return to the Star Trek franchise with his on-going role on new series Voyager; Iain F. Banks discussing his Culture's Dawn trilogy; a review of the first six episodes of David Lynch's new TV show, The X-Files; a look ahead at the launch line-up for Nintendo's new Play Station console; and even an interview with GRR Martin about his long-awaited new book.
After three invitation-only anthologies organized by founding editor Paul Starr, in 2015 The Sockdolager made three key changes: an additional editor (Alison Wilgus), open submissions, and a quarterly release schedule. As of December 15th, with Issue #4, we've completed our first year! [more inside]
My first novel, "Faust: The Movie," will be released on the next upcoming Friday 13th (November 13, 2015) but is available for preview and pre-release purchase now through SmashWords. Work on this project started over 13 years ago, when I'd originally intended to write the story as a work of short fiction for the liner notes to a concept album named "Faust" that my wife and I released together in 2002, as the indie pop duo Tangmeenie. The album was intended to be the soundtrack to the movie that features in the story.
For the last few months (and probably for many months more) I've been using vine to make short videos of various entrancing bits from old Doctor Who episodes - including memorable quotes, incredible music, dramatic entrances, utterly terrifying monsters, mystifying machinery, general weirdness, repeated exhortations to obey, charming old computer graphics, horrifying mutations, fist fights, and the just plain odd. And about 200 more. [more inside]
A cyberpunk retelling of Hamlet, from Ophelia's perspective. My first published science fiction story!
How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens explores the immigrant experience in a science fiction setting, with fiction and poetry from Sturgeon winner Sarah Pinsker, James Tiptree, Jr., Award winner Nisi Shawl and Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award winner Ken Liu, as well as 32 other writers, most of them themselves immigrants or the children of immigrants. [more inside]
For two years running I've published genre fiction anthologies on the internet, and now the third one is out! It's called You Gotta Wear Shades, and it's about the kind of problems you want to have. It opens with a great story about a camping trip on Mars by Metafilter's Own Narrative Priorities, and follows that up with six more tales of brighter futures. [more inside]
A science fiction anthology of stories written for a middle grade audience, with a focus on diversity and representation. 20 stories from amazing authors, ranging from Nebula and Hugo winners to relative newcomers to the field. 90% of the stories in the anthology are brand new, and 80% have central female characters. We don’t have girls who are prizes to be won or waiting to be rescued. All of our heroines and heroes are on their own adventure, not a side note in someone else’s. Our characters are white, black, asian, latino. Human and robot. Everyone belongs here.
I'm going to be exhibiting at Small Press Expo this year. I'm bringing the SF/F YA comics I've written, and I'm looking for other people who write or draw standalone SF/F YA comics whose work I can include at my table. Towards that end: Tesseract Comics, which will be functioning as, essentially, a zine distro for YA speculative fiction in comics form. [more inside]
It's Good to See You: How do you react when you find your ex-wife is traveling with you to the same interstellar colony?
An Honest Man: The narrator reveals himself as very unreliable on the first sentence.
She Wakes Up: Chick-lit (written by a lad).
An Honest Man: The narrator reveals himself as very unreliable on the first sentence.
She Wakes Up: Chick-lit (written by a lad).
Last year I edited a collection of short stories called The Ships We Sail. It was so much fun I decided to do it again, and so I did, with a new, longer anthology entitled Puzzle Box. [more inside]
This anthology of speculative fiction stories on the themes of colonialism and cultural imperialism focuses on the viewpoints of the colonized. Sixteen authors share their experiences of being the silent voices in history and on the wrong side of the final frontier; their fantasies of a reality in which straight, cis, able-bodied, rich, anglophone, white males don’t get to tell us how they won every war; their revenge against the alien oppressor settling their “new world”. [more inside]
A bunch of ideas I've had tumbling around in my head for some time about science fiction, fear, isolation, and death, have finally gelled into an article looking at all of SF through the lens of Margaret Atwood's "Survival."
My debut novel (well, long novella, actually) has been published by Champagne Books! It's a time travel SF romance called A QUESTION OF TIME. It's about an SF author who finds herself transported to her high school days in the late 1980s, where she realizes she has a chance to save a favorite teacher from death. [more inside]
Over the summer, I packed my hard drive with NASA technical documents and wrote a novella-length story about a manned mission to Mars. Now that and six other stories of adventure and romance are available as an ebook, of which we are very proud! [more inside]
Hey! I wrote another book! My first book Why Not A Spider Monkey Jesus? was about a talking chimpanzee who becomes a televangelist. My new book NewTown is about a cybernetic man-plane battling a con artist for control of an alien spacecraft. Available as a Print Edition or ebook with cover art by Michael Kupperman!
We have a great interview with science fiction author Ted Chiang up at The Margins, the magazine of the Asian American Writers' Workshop. Vandana Singh talks to him about the scientific basis of his work, artificial intelligence and race. Please check it out!
AEscifi is the newest addition to the list of SFWA qualified markets, joining such venerable publications as Asimov’s and Analog on a short list of thirty-two professional English-language science fiction markets.
AEscifi has released its second annual podcast, this time featuring our favourite science fiction short stories from 2011. As always, everything is free and Creative Commons licensed. [more inside]
AE - The Canadian Science Fiction Review, of which I am the editor and co-founder, has now been publishing free Creative Commons SF continuously for one year. In celebration, we are releasing our first issue as a free ebook (Kindle and EPUB) and throwing a party in Toronto. [more inside]
The Intergalactic Academy is a new blog specializing in sci-fi for teenagers. [more inside]
AE has released it's second annual microfiction zine: AE Micro 2011. Enjoy five extremely short original SF stories, including an offering by MeFi's own The Whelk, all in a adorable printable papercraft PDF. Like all things AE, AE Micro 2011 is Creative Commons licensed and free-as-in-beer.
The second quarterly issue of our CC-licensed digital magazine AE – The Canadian Science Fiction Review debuts today, featuring the first ever English translation of French author Jacques Barbéri's 1985 piece "La promenade du garçon boucher" ("The Butcher Boy"). Also, if you want to check the original fiction we published in our first issue, it's all there in the new Issue #1 Podcast. [more inside]
AE - The Canadian Science Fiction Review is a new professional market for science fiction of which I happen to be the editor. The site updates with new content every Monday. All content is released under a Creative Commons NC-BY-ND license.