In which I am slow off the mark with an update (or three)

30 11 2014

First up, I have been unconscionably slow in mentioning that my story ‘Lakeside on the Via Australis’ has been out for some time, online, in the October issue of Perihelion Science Fiction. It’s another of my Titan stories — there are seven of them out there now — but it should, I hope, work reasonably well as a standalone, even if (a) it does feature a protagonist who’s appeared in an earlier story, and (b, and spoiler alert) it does also serve as part of the setup for an as-yet-to-be-actually-written novel …

Second up, I’m thrilled to be able to report that my piece of flash fiction ‘Insecure Alternation’ is scheduled to appear in the 200th issue of AntipodeanSF, next February. Two hundred issues is a prodigious achievement, and a testament to editor Ion Newcombe’s tirelessness and zeal. I’ve got a lot of fond feeling towards AntiSF, which I would say has given a start to a lot of fine writers, with a target wordlength that (for a new writer particularly) is not too long, not too short. It’s a good venue for experimentation, and the site always has a wonderfully fresh feel to it — which, with the 200th issue approaching, is no small achievement. I’ll give no hint as to the content of my story, other than to suggest it might be interesting to run the title through an anagram generator, and to assert that, really, it isn’t quite fanfic …

Third up, I have been meaning to spruik Tsana Dolichva’s most excellent five-star review of Difficult Second Album ever since said review was released. I’m tempted to quote at length from the review, but instead I shall direct you to follow the link, and shall restrict myself to these two summative sentences: ‘Difficult Second Album is an excellent varied read. I highly recommend it to fans of Petrie’s work and newcomers alike.’

And I’m sure my publisher would think me remiss if I did not point out that the book can be procured from the Peggy Bright Books website

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