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I’ve not really been blogging very well for the last few months, although lots of good stuff has been happening writing-wise. A New Year’s resolution along with the obligatory one about the gym, perhaps?

Anyway, I usually do an annual round-up of books I’ve read. It’s not exhaustive and wouldn’t include books I’ve read to my daughter. Maybe I should, for 2018 as some of them are excellent.

It’s quite a personal list and does not include several books that I’ve started and discarded for various reasons. With ambitions like reading all of Philip K Dick’s published work I have to be very picky. So, if it is here I at least liked it enough to finish it.

Deus Irae: Phillip K Dick & Roger Zelazny

Edge of the Screen: Joel Lane

Is there life outside the Tardis?: Peter Davison

The New Czech Poetry: Eds. Jaroslav Cejka, Michael Cernik, Karen Sys

Time Bomb: Samuel K Andrews

Pulp Heroes: Ed. Mike Chinn

Face of Twilight: Mark Samuels

The World Jones Made: Phillip K Dick

Broken Bubble: Phillip K Dick

A Life of Phillip K Dick: Anthony Peake

The Unsettled Dust: Robert Aickmann

Dream Archipelago: Christopher Priest

The Martian: Andy Weir

Childhood’s End: Arthur C Clarke

The First 15 Lives of Harry August: Claire North

Dead Man’s Shoes: Mike Carey

The Organised Mind: Daniel Levitin

The Martian Chronicles: Ray Bradbury

The Outsider: Colin Wilson

The Descent of Man: Grayson Perry

The Establishment and How they Get Away With It: Owen Jones

Coraline: Neil Gaiman

This Is Not a Game: Walter Jon Williams

A Princess Diarist: Carrie Fisher

Stoner: John Williams

Mortality: Christopher Hitchens

The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses over the Hills: Charles Bukowski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m involved in editing this anthology and have been going through what we’ve got so far. We’ve had some fantastic submissions so far, but room for more! Deadline 31 August 2017.

Open call for submissions of flash fiction and poetry for a charity anthology

 

We’re seeking submissions of poetry and flash fiction for a charity anthology  which will raise money for the Alf Dubs Children’s Fund.

 

Lord Alfred Dubs was rescued by the Kindertransport in 1939 and brought to Britain as a refugee when he was 6 years old. The fund’s aim is to help lone children refugees, protect them from traffickers, and get them to safety.

 

You can read more about it here.

 

Please note that as this is to raise funds for charity, no payment will be made to authors. The project is being run by volunteers with all profit going straight to the fund.

 

The anthology will be released in conjunction with a second anthology of science fiction short stories (for which submissions are full) later this year.

 

Submissions Guidelines

  • 100 line limit for poetry
  • 1000 word limit for flash fiction
  • Authors and poets may submit up to three pieces
  • The theme is child or refugee, but this can be a ‘flavour to the piece’ rather than a strict theme
  • Due to the nature of the charity, only PG submissions will be accepted
  • doc., docx., rtf., or txt. files please.
  • We’re not going to get strict on font or formatting, but nothing too weird please.

 

Please note that all pieces may be subject to editing (with your co-operation and permission of course), but please ensure that all submissions are as polished as possible.

 

We will ask for first publication rights. Full copyright and all other rights etc will be retained by the respective authors.

 

Any questions, please ask. Or get writing and send your submissions to charityanthology@gmail.com by 31st August.

 

Editors:

 

Sandra Fairbrother (writes as SW Fairbrother)

www.swfairbrother.com

 

Mark Lewis

https://syntheticscribe.wordpress.com/

 

Jesse Marbulcanti

Interesting Blog by Merlin Goldman following a discussion we were having about the dynamics of trios in popular culture which led, among other things to considering Dr Who, Preacher and Father Ted.

Have a read here:

http://www.magnetical.com/blog/dr-who-is-a-superhero

Excited to be reading a short extract of my novel at the next Novel Nights in Bristol, on the 24th July 2017. This a rare chance to hear how the novel is shaping up. I’m hoping it will catch the imagination.

The main reader is Dan Jeffries who will be talking about his novel and the process he went through in publishing it, which I am sure will appeal to readers and writers alike. I’ve seen him speak in Weston-Super-Mare and he’s well worth listening to.

For more details (and tickets :-)) see here:

http://www.novelnights.co.uk/

Out now! My story ‘Staring at the Sun’ is featured in the latest issue of Scrutiny Journal, the online literary journal of Magic Realism.

Have a read here:

Staring at the Sun

I’ve had a go at the latest writing challenge by Christopher Fielden and Allen Ashley, the aim is to write (over) descriptively. As ever, this type of contrarian writing is a lot of fund to do.

Mine is number 77!

Why not have a go? When a 100 is reached they will be published in an anthology, with the proceeds going to a good charitable cause.

http://www.christopherfielden.com/writing-challenges/sensory-writing-challenge.php

Nonsensically Challenged, available as ebook and paperback. Christopher Fielden‘s latest collection of contrarian writing challenges collects 100 stories with a nonsense theme. Includes a little piece of flash fiction by me, as well as David Turnbull, and Allen Ashley. All in a good cause too, the Daisy Garland charity.  

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=nonsensically+challenged

 

Product Details

 

 

Shipwrecked on the Shores of Time, is a dramatic monologue written by Mark Lewis about a Pirate having time-travelled to modern day Bristol. This was performed as part of the first ever Bristales and filmed at the White Bear in Bristol! Be warned Not Safe For Work due to bad language!

Performed by Tim Whitten, Direction by Kris Hallett and Production by Samantha Coghlan and Assistant Production by Aisling Coghlan

Pleased to say my dramatic monologue about a time-travelling Pirate, called Stranded on the Shores of Time is being performed as part of the Bristales showcase tomorrow.

Bristales is a special event featuring monologues, duologues and poetry written by Bristol writers, with a Bristol theme and performed by actors.

Tickets available here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bristales-tickets-34193237895?aff=erelexpmlt

Richard Cook has been busy over Easter and completed another stomping International Electromatics track! The music this time is dancefloor-friendly EBM. See the link below for Richard’s musical inspirations and synths used.

As for the lyrics this time I was thinking of military science fiction, particularly Joe Haldeman’s Forever War and Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. What struck me about these stories, beyond the tales of war was how isolated the people were, despite their noble aims and how ultimately despite their heroism they were essentially caught in a dystopian existence.