Then there was the time Donald Trump cost me a book deal. The feedback from one of the major publishers came in via my agent. The editor praised the high quality of the prose, the East Asian noir setting, and compared my work favourably to Philip K Dick. So far, so pretty fucking good. But   Read More …

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200 shots fired in my ongoing campaign to have you motherfuckers read one of my stories. Not many have hit: 14, to be precise, new sales*. Good sales, most of them, to be sure – many professional, six to the excellent Interzone, one to Australia’s Grimdark mag, the venerable Asimov’s, a few others. But fuck-a-duck   Read More …

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It’s a question writers ask throughout their careers. While it is one, I suspect, most frequently posed (yelled, sighed) at the beginning, even the best have been known to lament. Richard Flanagan, for example, nearly quit writing to be a miner. 2013 and he was broke. A professional novelist for many decades, and one of   Read More …

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Let’s start with the good news: an Aurealis Award and an ‘Best of the Year’ Anthology inclusion. The Aurealis nomination for Best Horror short story was unexpected, because I’d never written horror before, and well, I’d never thought I’d be nominated for an Aurealis, either. The story, Flame Trees, is certainly science fiction, but yeah,   Read More …

Categories: Fiction, Reviews

I respond with a mixture of envy and fear every time a writer tells me they were born to write. Every time I read about this famous writer getting their first type-writer at 10, or that famous writer publishing their first story at 14, it rankles. It’s not all bad, starting late, there is an   Read More …

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The shortlist for the Ditmar Awards has been released and I’m on it. Twice. Which means I’m double-decker chuffed, as my five year old son would say. The Ditmars are voted on by the Australian spec fic community (where the Aurealis Awards are a juried prize). First, Flame Trees was nominated in the Best Short   Read More …

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Kazuo Ishiguro writes in the aftermath of the noir event. The tragedy has passed, the noir moment of betrayal now an unreliable memory. Ishiguro is my favourite living author. I re-read one of his novels recently: An Artist of the Floating World and a second, When We Were Orphans, for the first time (the latter   Read More …

Categories: Fiction, Reviews

I was fucking chuffed to have received my first (and shit, maybe last) Aurealis Award nomination a few days ago. For the uninitiated, the Aurealis Awards are the juried prize for best genre fiction in Australia.  The short story – Flame Trees – started as science fiction, as with everything I write, but ended up   Read More …

Categories: Fiction, Reviews

Neil Clarke recently announced the table of contents for his ‘Best Science Fiction of the Year’. It’s an impressive line up. What the fuck I’m doing in it, I’m not sure, but hey, I’ll take it. Short fiction-wise this is probably my biggest achievement, certainly up there with my first sales to Interzone and Asimov’s.   Read More …

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Writing about other cultures is bloody difficult. It’s also important, and speculative fiction writers in particular should always be thinking about different realities. But it is not something to be taken lightly. I don’t want to talk about Lionel Shriver. That’s been done. It’s old news. (click on PDF icon, above right, if you prefer to read   Read More …

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