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Here are some favourite stories of mine online or to download. All (c) all rights reserved.
Particularly recommended – How Cory met Meteor (Aka Gloria) – an introduction to the world of my novels. The Art of Mending with Gold, a beautiful fantasy. And the year of shouting a lot, which is funny and has no speculative elements and still manages to be a bit odd…
The last two stories are NSFW, and the Kaiju one is for those who don’t mind pretty weird.
How Cory met Meteor – (This is set between Our Child of the Stars and Our Child of Two Worlds)
lA murder mystery set in a post apocalyptic England. Min is Freetown’s doctor, who must find who brutally killed one of her patients.
Today they’d take down the moon. Megan walked home past the cold playing fields, watching the few clouds scurry away. At least they might have a clear view, this last time. She loved the moon and she couldn’t understand why it had to go.
Above Pop, the burning bowl of the cloudless sky, in every direction parched earth and dusty trees, and rocks striped with colour long before there were men. The old man looked at the empty road, from the empty diner, believing he was alone.
The Student, the Kaiju and the Eight Basic Plots
Her vast breath warmed him. Then headlights came, and she was gone, sending waves over him. She left him his life as a gift. (This one is pretty enigmatic.)
The year of shouting a lot
On Saturday morning, early and dark, Kitten heard a crash. Her Monsters, Inc. clock said five and a bit, which was very, very early.
The Lamb Chops. (In Lightspeed)
A queer romance in modern London
1957 (Apex Magazine).
This is one of my favourite stories and got much love (and some grumbles) online. It won an Honorary Mention in the Year’s Best Science Fiction 2016 [Ed. Gardner Dozois]. Most positive reviews suggested reading it twice. Some sexual content.
And Andrea Johnson interviewed me about it
Yes Our Child of the Stars used to be called something else.
A note: suspended the free story a month because of other commitments. May resume if interest