Science Fiction, Flash Fiction, Shortlisted Fiction

All the news that’s new and approved.


First up, I’m really pleased to announce that I have been made Reviews Editor of Shoreline of Infinity, a new Scottish-based international science fiction magazine. I was a big fan of the concept of the journal when it was first floated and became a subscriber (you can even see me in the credits of issue one to prove my hipster credentials) so when I saw they were looking for someone to coordinate and edit their reviews, it was a no-brainer. Issue two isn’t out until December but is almost in the bag so I will be directly involved from issue three (out March 2016 calendar fans). We have some reviewers but are always on the lookout for more so if you like science fiction, love free books and want to get involved, send me a sample review via the submissions form on the website. Publishers and writers who want their books reviewed, feel free to get in touch at reviews[at] There will also be a public event, cunningly called Event Horizon next week in Edinburgh featuring metaphorical SF Giant Ken MacLeod and one of my favourite writers, Pippa Goldschmidt. Details here.


Today (being Friday 23rd October) the Twisted Tales 2015 Anthology is published. I was one of the guest judges for this and can therefore say without any word of a lie that all 13 stories are crackers. $5.50 through Amazon if you’re interested.

Congratulations to my publisher Freight Books who scored a triple last night when the Saltire Literary Awards when Janice Galloway (Jellyfish), Jim Carruth (Killochries) and Gill Fyffe (Lifeblood) were all nominated. How Kirstin Innes wasn’t nominated for First Book I will never know. Frankly a shocking omission.


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