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Review: 4321 by Paul Auster

Time moved in two directions because every step into the future carried a memory of the past, and even though Ferguson had not yet turned fifteen, he had accumulated enough memories to know that the world around him was continually being shaped by the world within him, just as everyone else’s experience of the world…

New work: Dark Magic anthology

My science fiction story The Wasteland will be one of many excellent works to appear in Dark Magic: Witches, Hackers and Robots. The anthology will be released today by Owl Hollow Press. You should grab a copy. This story took a while to find a home for so I’m thrilled to see it in such…

What are you reading Wednesday

Hey, remember this old series?! It’s been a while! At the moment I’m still reading Hanya Yanagihara’s novel A Little Life, which I continue to love. Each character is so convincingly wrought and the central mystery of Jude’s past, and the care and responsibility his friends feel towards him, is so compelling. I really recommend…

New writing: death and queues

It’s been an exciting week. I have four new pieces of writing out for you to enjoy. I’ve already told you about my work at The Big Issue and at Slink Chunk Press. Slink Chunk Press has just started a Patreon account which you’d do well to support, they print some really funky stuff and…

Book review: The City and The City by China Mieville

China Mieville’s name, and fictional city, have to be without their accents in this post because there’s been four days above 40 degrees here in Perth and my patience with computers has short circuited along with the rest of my higher functions. But I couldn’t not tell you about how much I enjoyed his novel…

Book review: The Sinkings by Amanda Curtin

I’ve had a go at writing historical fiction, or fiction fused with research, recently. My attempts were, honestly, awful. Smoothing over the junctions between historical fact, well informed conjecture and pure imagination is a time consuming, painstaking, labour of love, something that I have never been able to do but that Amanda Curtin mastered in…

I will not stay silent

Many, many moons ago I ran a  different blog. It started off being some place to write but gradually morphed into a feminist and critique blog. Ultimately I couldn’t keep up with posting (the beast required daily feeding by the end) so I locked it. (Don’t worry, the site is archived with the National Library…

Five thoughts while travelling

1. I saw the sun rise from the plane. It didn’t look so much like it was rising, more like the horizon was bleeding. A heavy pinprick of blood welling out of the earth, violently lit up from within. 2. The energy that goes into these reheatable meals, single serving mints. What if we could…

N by John A Scott

I do not move. I stand, and everything is taken from me. Someone else decides the distance between us. Whether an of us shall see each other again. Emptiness is everywhere. I inhabit no room, no town, no state. You who read these words, am I not fully absent from your space? What am I…