The Sick Girl

A story of mine, “The Sick Girl” has just been published in The Rusty Toque. This innovative online magazine has editors in London and Toronto and publishes art, reviews and writing.

Mary is twelve. She has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease after several months of sweaty nights, swollen lymph nodes, weight loss and her family doctor’s initial, casual suggestion of growing pains. Growing pains? That’s not even a real condition,” her mother says after a day at the university library

Read the rest at The Rusty Toque.

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Sick of the Apocalypse

I’ve written a little essay, cleverly titled (by the editor) “Apocalypse No” for Arc Magazine’s blog:

I’m sick of the Apocalypse. It’s a tired, worn-out trope and an excuse for lazy writing and I wish it would go away.

 

I’m currently writing a novel set 200 years from now and you know what? It’s hard. It occurs to me that someone writing a novel when the first steam locomotives were just appearing couldn’t possibly have imagined the chain of events that would lead to something like the Facebook phone — not even close. So how the hell can I create something convincing that far in our future? Wouldn’t it be easier to just drop an asteroid/global warming/zombie invasion/plague on everything and then write a novel about people struggling in a world gone to hell?

Read the rest at the Arc Tumblr.

Twentieth Century House Ebook

As an experiment, I’ve created a short ebook containing five speculative fiction stories published over the last decade or so. Titled Twentieth Century House after one of the stories in the collection, it’s available at the low, low price of $1.49. All the stories have been published before in magazines including the Canadian On Spec and Malahat Review, as well as the Tesseracts 11 anthology (edited by Cory Doctorow of Boing Boingand the Intel Tomorrow Project UK.

Small Accidents E-Book

It’s been a while, but Small Accidents, my first book, is now available as an E-book. It can be purchased from Amazon and as a DRM-free title through Kobo, for the remarkably low price of $2.99. Lawrence Hill called the book “exquisitely painful and eminently readable”, so there’s that… Get ’em while they’re hot!

Arc Science Fiction Contest

I was pleased to be selected as one of five finalists for the Arc Magazine (UK) 1.2 competition. My story “A Node in the Network” was a runner up, and is still available to read as a downloadable PDF file from the Arc page at the Intel UK Tomorrow Project website. They’re all interesting stories, and I was particularly taken with Ghost Girl”, by Rich Larson.