Tesseracts 22: Alchemy and Artifacts reveal

There is nothing new in the world except the history we do not know. Alchemy and Artifacts (Tesseracts Twenty-Two), edited by Lorina Stephens and Susan MacGregor, is a collection of twenty-three amazing stories based on historical artifacts combined with fantastic historical fiction. The stories meld culture, concept and incident into a rich collection of ‘what if’ speculations that provide warnings yet revel in the cultural celebrations we continue to observe today. They are the touchstones that…

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…