Two Essays Included in Astonishing New Collection on Doctor Who Target Books

You on Target

I’m pleased to say that You on Target, an impressive 500-page love letter to the Target novelisations of Doctor Who stories, is now available from Watching Books. This amazing collection was edited by Christopher Bryant and features more than 200 essays from over a 100 writers, covering the much-loved range of books and what they meant to their readers. Included within these pages are two essays by me: the first on the adaptation of the radio show Slipback and the second on the novelisation of the last story in Classic Doctor Who, Survival.

I’m in good company in these pages, sharing space with Target editor Nigel Robinson, Matthew Waterhouse (Adric in the TV series), and many other familiar names. It’s a veritable Who’s Who of Doctor Who fandom. This book is not only great because of the superb essays it contains, it is also worthy of your attention because it raises money for the charity Tree of Hope, an organization that helps seriously ill children in the UK and Ireland.

To purchase this book from Amazon US, click here. I hope youll give doing so some serious thought.

Following is the back-page blurb:

If The Horns of Nimon was your first Target novelisation, if The Monster of Peladon was that elusive title you had trouble tracking down, if Four to Doomsday was a birthday present from your granny or if Galaxy Four was the book that taught you how to love reading, then this is the volume for you. Carrying on from where You and Who: Contact Has Been Made left off, You On Target is the history of the Doctor Who adapted novelisations – from the very first one back in 1964 to the latest releases in 2019 – as told by the people who read them. It’s the definitive story of how we have enjoyed Doctor Who‘s television canon in print fiction, and of how those titles changed and developed as we changed and developed alongside them. WITH A FOREWORD BY MATTHEW WATERHOUSE.

To read more about this book, including a full list of my fellow contributors, click here.

As always, thank you for reading.

Peace,

Mike

“Leaving Sedna” To Be Published in Next Year’s Martian Wave Collection

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The contract is signed – next year’s The Martian Wave anthology of science fiction stories centered around the exploration and conquest of our Solar System will feature my story, Leaving Sedna.

The Martian Wave is a series of annual anthologies, now printed by Alban Lake Publishing. The 2015 edition featured my story, The Tulku of Titan. I am very happy to be returning to its pages. Past editions of the series have featured some great stories from very accomplished science fiction writers.

Currently, the 2020 collection is expected to go into print around July of next year; although, that date is subject to the usual, normal changes. More details will be posted as soon as I have them.

Leaving Sedna is set, as you’d expect, on the very distant dwarf planet, Sedna. Discovered in 2003, Sedna lies far beyond Neptune and Pluto. I was fascinated by what everyday life there might be like for humans, and how they would cope with such extraordinary isolation and the challenges of surviving in such an inhospitable environment.

I hope you enjoy the story when it’s released. In the meantime, Alban Lake have many other stories available to read right now. Check out their store here.

Thank you for reading.

 

Peace,

Mike

“Everything He Ever Wanted” Available in New Master-Focused Doctor Who Charity Anthology

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Cover by Ginger Hoesly

This month saw the release of Altrix Book’s Master Pieces, an anthology of stories focusing on the Master, the arch Time Lord villain from the BBC TV series Doctor Who. My own entry in this collection is Everything He Ever Wanted, a story about what the Master does when he gets everything he wants. The answer? He wants even more, of course!

No surprise there – what else would you expect from the most charmingly ruthless of the Master’s incarnations, the original Master from Jon Pertwee’s era of the programme in the early 1970s, played to perfection by the wonderful Roger Delgado.

To say I had a blast writing for Roger Delgado’s incarnation of the villainous Time Lord is an understatement. Is there anything more fun than writing for such a wonderfully evil character?

Master Pieces is edited by Paul Driscoll. The book, released at the beginning of November, also features stories by Jon Arnold, Tim Gambrell, Simon A Brett, and Scott Claringbold, and can be purchased from the publisher here. It is also available as a paperback from Amazon here.

Along with the other writers, I was interviewed by Paul, and the interview is posted on Altrix’s site here. Please check it out!

Since the good people at Altrix Books can explain the collection much better me, here’s there back-page blurb, courtesy of their excellent website:

Master Pieces: Misadventures in Space and Time

21 stories, 19 authors, 14 Masters but not a single Doctor in sight? For centuries, whether by design or default, the Master has lived in the shadow of another Time Lord. An obsession and fierce rivalry with the Doctor has been at the heart of countless evil schemes, causing him to once observe that ‘the cosmos without the Doctor scarcely bears thinking about’. So what happens when the Doctor doesn’t show up? Can the Master emerge from the shadow of being the Doctor’s arch-enemy? Is there really no pleasure, no mischief, and no reward to be had in a world without the Doctor? Master Pieces is an unofficial charity anthology from Altrix Books, written in aid of The Stroke Association.
For further details about the book, click here.
And for details of all my professionally published short stories, please click here.
Thanks for reading!
Peace,
Mike

Poem Published in New Collection About Space Exploration & the Destiny of Humanity Among the Stars

A Poet Explores the Stars

I’m very happy to announce that my poem, We Can’t Go (But We Must), is now out in Nomadic Delirium Press’s new poetry collection A Poet Explores the Stars.

The poem laments how we, as a species, find every reason imaginable not to settle other worlds, or to even try, while at the same time continuing to make Earth uninhabitable. We can’t leave, we can’t stay… what’s to become of us all… (I fear we’re fast running out of answers to that conundrum.)

The book can be purchased from Smashwords here. It is also available via Amazon here.

The back-page blurb for this wonderful collection is:

Poets view the world differently than others, and as we explore this amazing cosmos, it will be very important to take poets on the journey, so they can show us the things we might otherwise overlook. Here’s just a small taste of what they might have to show us as we venture to the stars.

Contributors to this poetry collection also include the wonderfully talented Debby Feo, Lisa Timpf, and many others. For a full list of poets ad additional details about this collection, click here.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the poem!

Peace,

 

Mike

If You Go Down to the Woods Today… A Nasty Surprise Awaits in “The Door in the Tree” – Out Now as an E-Book

The Door in the Tree

If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise… but expect something a lot scarier than a Teddy Bears picnic.

This month sees the release of my story The Door in the Tree as an e-book in the Digitally Disturbed range from Alban Lake Publishing. (The range editor is Bill Otto.) This short story mixes science fiction and environmentalism, with a large dose of horror, to produce an end result that will hopefully creep you out.

Synopsis:

David Carver is a man who refuses to grieve. Instead, he spends his days walking the streets and countryside near his home in Yorkshire, in the north of England. These walks take him into the dark, isolated tangle of his local woods, where he discovers something no human was ever meant to see: a peculiar, unnatural door in a tree. This is a door untouched by human hands, and beyond it dwells a force of horror and death that cannot be escaped.

David faces a simple challenge: prove to that implacable force he deserves to live – or die, screaming, in the dark.

To buy this e-book story, visit the Infinite Realms online bookstore by clicking here.

More details about this story and a link to all my other published stories can be found here.

Thanks for reading!

Peace,

Mike

“Fishing Expedition” Reprinted in July Issue of Outposts of Beyond

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As announced previouslyAlban Lake Publishing accepted my Professor Lazarus story Fishing Expedition for reprint. It is now out in the July 2019 issue of the magazine Outposts of Beyond, edited by Tyree Campbell.

To buy the magazine, click here. As you can see from the front cover, it’s a beautiful publication.

Among the many talented writers included in its pages, you’ll find Eamonn Murphy, Vonnie Winslow Crist, H. David Blalock, Debby Feo, Terrie Leigh Relf, and Lisa Timpf, as well as myself.

For more details about the story, and both of the publications it’s been included in, click here.

I hope you enjoy the second airing of this science fiction tale. Please consider purchasing this magazine as it’s important to support publishers like Alban Lake, who do so much to nurture the careers of writers. They’re great folks at Alban Lake and they put together great books and magazines.

Thanks for reading!

Mike

“Buddy System” To Be Reprinted in Best of British SF 2018!

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It’s official: contracts are signed and the publisher’s website states it for all to see – my short story Buddy System has been accepted for this year’s edition of NewCon’s Best of British Science Fiction. This wonderful book (just look at that cover!) is edited by the very talented Donna Scott and will be available from all good retailers in August.

The publisher’s announcement is here.

I’m giddy, I tell you. I can’t believe I was accepted for an anthology this cool prestigious. And here’s something that blew my mind – you know who did the book’s layouts? STORM CONSTANTINE, that’s who! Can you believe that? I’m in a book that Storm “Wraeththu” Constantine worked on. That means… she read my story! I may actually pass out at any moment…

(She’s friends with NewCon Press’s truly lovely Ian Whates, it turns out, which may explain how she became involved…)

If you’ve forgotten all about Buddy System, a story set in India, Australia, and on an asteroid, you can read all about it and where it was originally published here, along with details of the award that first book won.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go do my happy dance.

Thanks for reading!

 

Peace,

Mike

 

 

 

“Once You Start” To Be Published in New Anthology from B Cubed Press

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Once You Start is a story of geoengineering and addiction, inspired in equal parts by my horror over President Trump pulling the United States out of global climate accords and by the death of my close friend of thirty years, Jane Hodgetts.

Set in a near-future world where environmental conditions have deteriorated to the point where the US government has resorted to reflecting light and heat back out into space to offset catastrophic climate warming, a young man called Podolinsky joins the band of private workers contracted (at very low wages) to perform this “atmospheric remediation.” When he reports for work aboard a converted stealth bomber, one in a vast fleet that seeds the stratosphere with aerosols, he meets his superior, J.J. –  a striking woman who is also an alcoholic.

A believer in the last-ditch effort to save the planet, Podolinsky is aghast to learn that quitting the seeding of the atmosphere would immediately subject the Earth to decades of pent-up temperature increase, wiping out large parts of the biosphere. But continuing with the geoengineering will lead to the obliteration of countries at certain latitudes, due to the way the effects of the seeding are distributed across the world. It’s an impossible dilemma – they can’t quit, but they shouldn’t continue. 

As J.J. knows all too well, there are certain things in life that, once started, cannot be put aside, no matter the consequences. It’s not just J.J. who’s on a trajectory to certain doom with her drinking, it’s every single one of us…

This only-just-science-fiction tale is included in the new anthology Alternative Truths III: Endgame from B Cubed Press. Here is the official announcement for the book from the publisher, including links where you can purchase the print or Kindle edition:

Alternative Truths III: Endgame is the final volume in the best-selling Alternative Truths series from B Cubed Press. Edited by Bob Brown and Jess Faraday,

Endgame features 30 of today’s best writers and political thinkers taking a look forward at possible outcomes of our political decisions.

Humor and satire reign supreme in this collection.  If you want to laugh, read Jim Wright’s “Bathroom Breakdown,” a side-splitting vision of Donald J. Trump at his best or follow the antics of a beleaguered Attorney General in Debora Godfrey’s work, “No Excuses” as he tries to convince the President that he has tried and convicted Hillary Clinton.

This collection has visions of a better world as well. In Paula Hammond’s “Fortunate Son,” we explore what kind of man Donald Trump might have become had he answered his country’s call and served alongside his fellow Americans in the Vietnam War.

Most of all Endgame will make you think, with thought-provoking essays by the likes of David Gerrold and Adam-Troy Castro as they seek to share their understanding of how this happened and what do will we do.

A significant portion of the proceeds of this book are donated to the ACLU of Washington to honor and support their unending quest for the freedom of the American people to express themselves.

The book is available in print and electronic media from Amazon.com.

ISBN-13: 978-1-949476-05-7

Electronic ISBN-13: 978-1-949476-06-4

The book is priced at $5.99 for ebook and $12.25 for print. The book is published by B Cubed Press and can be followed on Twitter @BCUBEDBOB.

Kindle Edition

Print Book

Please be sure to pick up a copy!

For additional details, including a full list of contributors and behind-the-scenes information, click here.

Endgame.

Thanks for reading!

Peace,

Mike

New Flash Fiction Piece Printed in Alban Lake’s “Mini Anthology”

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What an evocative cover, right? That’s why it was the writing prompt for this entire “Mini Anthology,” brought to you by the lovely Karen Otto at Alban Lake Publishing. All the flash fiction stories in this collection were inspired by that very painting, a work by Karen Otto herself. I was fortunate to have a story included in this very fun publication, entitled We Could Not Have Been Any Clearer.

Other contributors were: John Reinhart, Cindy O’Quinn, Debby Feo, Marcia A. Borell, Roxanne Dent, K. S. Dent, Nathan McCullough, Sheikha A., Matthew Meyer, Francis W. Alexander, Christina Sng, Karin L. Frank, and Matthew Wilson.

This collection is available for $3 from the independent online bookstore, Infinite Realms, here. I hope you give it a go – I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Mike