#Lockdown on Malta then and now

The Maltese islands on which Xaghra’s Revenge is based is faring well in these times. My friends there tell me tourism between Gozo and Malta has reopened so that will help to stimulate their economy a little. Of course in the main they need overseas tourists but I...
Writing news in the lockdown

Writing news in the lockdown

Yeay, I am an April Featured Writer in The Horror Zine with my COTARD short story set in Venice. I’m honoured also because the Bram Stoker Award winner Elisabeth Massie is in there too. Cotard is a real syndrome where people think they are already dead –...

Row your boat

This excerpt from XAGHRA’S REVENGE illustrates the actual movement of the rowers on galleys in the 16th century. Contrary to what you might see in movies of galley slaves rowing while always sitting down, they stood for part of the cycle. It makes sense. For one thing...
Sexcerpt from Suppose We

Sexcerpt from Suppose We

After spending 1500 years, taking turns in hibernation on their spaceship, SUPPOSE WE, the four humans crashland on Kepler-20h. Sadly, the natives are so far ahead of Earth in technology and evolution, they ignore the humans, who need help. This excerpt is in a...

A #decade of writing 2000-2019

Decadal writing 2003 first short of the decade was called 2020 Vision published in the Chester Writers anthology 2003-05 ESCAPING REALITY http://hyperurl.co/nyjaiv  Only as an ebook now 2005-08 EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEE http://hyperurl.co/du4s3h 2009 HOT AIR...
Falling Up released

Falling Up released

The first novella in the Flying Crooked series was SUPPOSE WE. Commissioned by LL-Publications (the publisher of the ARIA science fiction trilogy) to bring back the passion in space exploration. In Suppose We a ship crashlands on a faraway planet, but the natives are...

#Chester Author is nuts

I was 26,291 days old (72 years in Earth orbit terms) and went for a hike in Delamere Forest in Cheshire. I forgot to smile because… …I am worried. It’s book three of the Flying Crooked series and it’s getting away with me. Characters are writing...
FALLING UP

FALLING UP

FALLING UP is the sequel to the surreal science fiction novella, Suppose We, published in May 2019. The fifth draft of Falling Up is now complete having gone through the rigours of Orbiters 7. Orbiters? That’s one of the critique groups of the British Science Fiction...

SUN DRAGONS

I’ve been taken over today by another writer, Gillian Rooke. We’ve known each other for many years online and unless she tells me differently, we actually met at a literary event in Derby many Earth orbits ago. Gillian was an early member of the British Science...
Is Ggantija an astronomical portal?

Is Ggantija an astronomical portal?

Watching a documentary on an ancient Irish dolman the other night, in which a theory was proposed that it was built to observe and time the equinoxes, it seemed to me that perhaps the Ggantija ‘temples’ in Gozo’s Xaghra was built for a similar reason. The Irish dolman...