Using side stories for #promotion

Using side stories to help promote a main novel. This isn’t the same as when readers of a novel urges you to write a sequel. A side story might be in the same time line and characters and settings might be referenced but it shouldn’t depend on the main...

Why am I answering the door to myself?

What if you open your front door to find yourself staring back? Not a long lost identical twin but a kind of doppelganger intent on doing you harm and taking your place. But why? How to keep them out of your house? Who would believe you’re the real you? Thanks...

X-rays from sticky tape!

Interesting science fact of the week. Sellotape can generate X-Rays. Apparently when sticky tape is peeled off (not Elastoplast on a cut finger, but the tape you use to wrap my presents with) X-Rays can be produced. Known as triboluminescence and seen in the form of...
#Tsunami Risks for me

#Tsunami Risks for me

One snag I knew about before moving from Chester to Trafford in Greater Manchester is that I’ve only raised my house by 5 metres. My Chester house was at 17m above sea level. My Flixton house is at 22m asl. Hopeless for long term global warming and for tsunamis. If...

Best #bizarro fiction

I blogged Ira Nayman’s BAD ACTORS this Autumn but I didn’t leave a review from my own reading. Here it is. Hang on to your hats. Published in October 2021 by Elsewhen Press Strap yourself in when reading this hilarious, bizarro scifi adventurous mystery...

#Parallel Universe story

Out of this world, into the next. Are there an infinite number of universes? Possibly, or probably if you’re a quantum mathematician. If you’re a science fiction writer let’s have some anyway. Two likely lads race up a Macclesfield sandstone knoll known as Tegg’s...
#Blog for Ira Nayman’s BAD ACTORS

#Blog for Ira Nayman’s BAD ACTORS

Leg 4 of a blog tour for Ira Nayman organised by Mark Iles. It’s my privilege to give this blog over to a writing pal over in Canada. I’ve long enjoyed his surreal books on alternate realities and the way Ira Nayman takes characters and pushes them over the limit is...

Gardens of Earth #New scifi

I’ve thrown my blog open to a brilliant science fiction writer’s latest creation. Gardens of Earth is quite different from Mark Iles’ previous military science fiction, well worth your attention. Supposing you were a pilot on the cusp of a battle (Yes I said it wasn’t...
When poop is beautiful – #butterfly

When poop is beautiful – #butterfly

When bile is beautiful In my SUPPOSE WE science fiction novel, the Chief Science Officer, Gaston, is enamoured by an alien butterfly he calls Papillon. The creature looks like a butterfly with the size of a Red Admiral, but it really is in a symbiotic connection with...
Ancient trees in my garden

Ancient trees in my garden

This is the time of year that weeds are spotted and snarlingly eradicated. Before you lacerate the horsetail Equisetum plants just give it a little thought. Maybe even lie down on your lawn to look at them and imagine them twice the height of a house! Horsetails are...