Recent Projects

I’ve been busy with various shorter projects this summer, fitting them around a holiday, my daughter’s being at home, and reviewing. In April/May I wrote a novella with Keith Brooke, a twenty thousand worder about clones, colonisation, parasitism and murder. Parasites is part of what I hope will be a bigger project, a series of linked novellas that will eventually form a novel – if we can find the time to write them. In late May, early June I wrote the first draft of the third Telemass novella, Reunion on Alpha Reticuli II, in which Matt Hendrick, searching for his ex-wife and their dead daughter, visits the world of Tourmaline and falls in with telepath Mercury Velasquez. I’ve recently completed the third draft.

In between these projects I wrote an eleven thousand word story entitled “Buying Time”. Years ago I came across the quote by Oscar Wilde: ‘No man is rich enough to buy back his past…’. The line intrigued me, and I knew that one day it would inspire a story. Then one morning in May I was working on something else when, in a flash, the story presented itself to me fully-formed: all I had to do was write it down, which I did over the course of the next three days. It doesn’t often happen like that, more’s the pity. Anyway, I completed a third draft of the tale earlier this week, and I’m delighted with it. All I have to do now is sell the thing.

I’ve also written three or four short-shorts – tales around a thousand words long –which I’ll try at Daily SF over the course of the next few months.

The next novel on the cards is the follow-up to Jani and the Greater Game: Jani and the Great Pursuit, which I hope to start in about a fortnight. With luck I should get a good second draft in the bag before Christmas.

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  1. Lee Pfahler

    Two quick questions. Will the Telemass books eventually be published in one volume like the Starship seasons books? And is the Parasites novella being published soon?

    • Lee Pfahler

      OK, I found the answer to my first question by reading the next update – the Telemass novellas will be released in one volume at some point. Great!

    • Hi Lee,
      Sorry for the delay in replying. The house move took time, and then I was busy with rewriting Jani2. As for Parasites, the novella I did with Keith Brooke… It’s still with the editor at Tor Novellas, who says he’ll be getting round to it soon. We’ll see. Cheers.

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