The Irish SF magazine Albedo One 49 is out now and contains my tale “Panspermia High”. Here’s the first few paragraphs…
You’ve heard about the theory of Panspermia, right? And no, it’s nothing to do with the ejaculate of an eternally youthful fictional character called Peter.
Panspermia: the idea that microscopic biological life-forms exist out there in the gulfs of space. Well, not an idea. A fact. And I should know. I came to Earth on the back of a meteorite; me, a short-chain molecule in the steroid lactone range, known locally as a bufotoxin. These days members of my family can be found in the parotid glands of certain toads.
The rock I was riding came down in Australia ten thousand years ago. The meteorite squashed a colony of cane toads taking it easy in the noonday sun – but not all of them. One little critter moseyed on over to take a look.
And I – call me Bufo – decided that the ugly, ambulatory little fellah would make a perfect host. I needed an organic life-form to cloak me from all the lethal pathogens teeming across the face of planet Earth. I needed a host on which I could lie low and take it easy.
I made the leap, said g’day to toady, and made myself at home.
And it’s been pretty much plain sailing for the last ten millennia.
So what happened to end all that, and why am I recounting my life story in the voice of an Aussie stoner?
Cover art by Ben Baldwin, for Iterations
Murder by Numbers, the seventh novel in the Langham and Dupré series, was due out in May but has wisely been pushed back to August – though it’s listed as a November release on Amazon. Later this year the fourth novella in the Kont-Tiki Quartet, Iterations, written with Keith Brooke, will come out form PS Publishing.
A new imprint, Stone Owl Books, based in Edinburgh, will publish my homage to SF and Ace Doubles, the thirty thousand word novella, Ace Doubles. It’s about a curmudgeonly fifty-something SF writer, and strange goings-on in Yorkshire.
On the short story front, the latest edition of the Irish SF magazine, Albedo One, includes my short tale “Panspermia High”. Due out in Lightspeed SF magazine later this year is my collaboration with Keith, “Me Two”. My crime tale “Gorilla Tactics” will appear in 2020 in Impossible Crimes and Puzzling Deaths, an anthology edited by Maxim Jakubowski.
And finally, many thanks to Lee Pfahler for alerting me to something called ‘Search for Sol’; though it’s listed on Amazon under my name, I didn’t write it.
Out now is Stories of Hope, edited by Ian Whates, from NewCon Press – the proceeds from which will be donated to the NHS and healthcare workers. The anthology contains stories by Stephen Baxter, Peter Hamilton, Christopher Priest and many more. Also included is my “The Kings of Eternity”, from which grew my novel of the same title. To buy it, click here
Just out from Titan Books is my latest novel: The Martian Menace, a Sherlock Holmes tale set in H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds milieu.
For the second time in human history, Martian invaders occupy planet Earth. After a common terrestrial virus thwarted the first deadly invasion, another Martian armada arrived six years later to make peace. Now, mankind enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the aliens’ scientific wonders and technology, and an entente exists between the two races. But when Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are called upon to investigate the death of an eminent Martian philosopher, they unravel an intricate web of betrayal and murder that leaves no one – human or Martian – beyond suspicion…
Here’s the cover and blurb for the seventh Langham and Dupré novel, due out from Severn House in May.
December, 1956. Donald Langham’s wife Maria receives a chilling invitation to attend a death at the country house of Maxwell Falwell Fenton in Essex. The once-prominent artist has a number of enemies, and has faded into obscurity since the war. Is the invitation to his own death or someone else’s?
Arriving at Winterfield on a cold winter evening, Donald and Maria meet five strangers who have also received numbered invitations. Everyone present has a reason to hate or fear Maxwell – including Maria, who reveals a secret from her own past. But is she telling the whole truth?
The soiree produces a gruesome and dramatic twist, but it’s about to get much worse when someone starts picking off the six, one by one. Can Donald untangle lies, betrayal, and incredible revelations to identify the killer before Maria becomes the next victim?
My good friend and indefatigable colleague Ian Whates is offering great reductions on some of his NewCon Press titles at the moment, including a couple of my titles.
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Here’s the cover and blurb for my next one, out in February from Titan.
For the second time in human history, Martian invaders occupy planet Earth.
After a common terrestrial virus thwarted the first deadly invasion, another Martian armada arrived six years later to make peace. Now, mankind enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the aliens’ scientific wonders and technology, and an entente exists between the two races. But when Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are called upon to investigate the death of an eminent Martian philosopher, they unravel an intricate web of betrayal and murder that leaves no one – human or Martian – beyond suspicion…