Tesseracts 22 Alchemy and Artifacts

Because it’s important to examine new possibilities, explore new experiences, I’ve agreed to co-edit the next Tesseracts anthology from Edge Publishing, with fellow author and colleague, Susan MacGregor. I’m looking forward to this journey, especially in light of the fact the anthology examines the magic behind history, what it is has sparked the imagination of countless generations to either quest for the reality of a legend (Vasco da Gama and the Fountain of Youth), or formed the…

Excerpt from Caliban

To tempt you a bit, I’m giving you a preview of my new novella, Caliban.  There can be an inherent bias in anthropological study. Perspective is everything. Report from the Commissioner on Dreamweavers. The problem with what Jabod McCullough asked was it didn’t make any sense. Why choose a permanent assignment Active on a quarantined planet? Tine asked that question. “Because I think you’re incorruptible,” Jabod answered, his holo standing in one of the rocks Tine…

Short story sale

After a bit of a dry spell, I’m tickled silly to announce I’ve sold a short story to R. Graeme Cameron’s excellent online magazine of SF&F, Polar Borealis. A Bear at the Fridge, the story in question, is a short, strange tale which will hopefully entertain and delight. No deep, angst-filled passages in this story. Just, well, weird. Graeme tells me A Bear at the Fridge will appear in Issue 6. So, visit Polar Borealis, and have a good read….

Review: The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin My rating: 4 of 5 stars The conclusion of N.K. Jemisin’s stunning and original trilogy, The Broken Earth perfectly completes in The Stone Sky. I have said it before, and I will say it again, Jemisin has written a remarkable, unique and fascinating world, people by fascinating characters and species, wrapped in flawless and beautiful writing. There is no lag in tension, no meandering exposition. This is storytelling at…

Review: The Obelisk Gate, by N.K. Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin My rating: 4 of 5 stars The second novel in N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth series, The Obelisk Gate expands upon the broken society, world, and characters of her unique and stunningly realized creation. The concepts she deals with by way of unique species and abilities, and the hardships they endure because of those extraordinary characteristics, expand in this second novel, with expertly crafted details which flow seamlessly through…

Review: The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is simply one of the most stunning and original works of speculative fiction I have read in a number of years, and a novel very much worthy of all the accolades it’s received. N.K. Jemisin has created a unique world, peopled with compelling and complex characters, who, although extraordinary, very much pull at the common threads of humanity. It is a novel…

Caliban now available for pre-order

Finally, after six years, I have new novella out! Very pleased to present my readers with Caliban.  I started writing this story back around 1981-2. Did it all in one mad go, scribbling away. And then let the story simmer until three years ago, some 25 years after that first draft. When I unearthed the story, I realize why I’d written it, the journey Tine, the main character, had to take, both physical and psychological, and…

Review:The Borgias: The Hidden History, by G.J. Meyer

The Borgias: The Hidden History by G.J. Meyer My rating: 3 of 5 stars A slog of a book to get through, but certainly a comprehensive history of this infamous family known as the Borgias. Another book you read because you should, and certainly one you should read to dispel all the sensationalism which has gilded this family via steamy film and stage productions. View all my reviews

Review: A History of Milan Under the Sforza

A History of Milan Under the Sforza by Cecilia Mary Ady My rating: 3 of 5 stars If you’re looking for a comprehensive, albeit dry, history of the Sforza, this is the book to study. Every minute detail of their lives, their rise to power, the cultural and political surround has been painstakingly researched, if not particularly engagingly written. Certainly a book one reads because one should. View all my reviews