SFF, Short stories


CapriciousCover002_600I’ve a new story out today!

“Bone Length, Wavelength” can be found in issue 2 of Capricious, a new speculative fiction zine from New Zealand. It’s set in the same universe as some of my other stories – if you’ve read “The Mistress of Fishes”, for instance (or listened to it on StarShipSofa) then you’ll recognise the references to Carnival.

Like the other stories in this universe, “Bone Length, Wavelength” is set in a future New Zealand that is primarily concerned with ocean restoration after marine ecological collapse. This story looks at a family who, after death, use their bones to build a giant underwater organ to make music for whales. Enter Eli, whose bones are too twisted for song…

They’d been marked off, all of them, in the kitchen. On the door jamb, at every birthday, and every generation the wood would be removed to the shed to be nailed up along the wall and there they were, all of them, all of their large and extended family for the better part of three hundred years.

All of them but Eli.

There was no standing for him. He’d been born with useless legs, the bones all twisted and his femurs would go to the grave with him. He’d never stand, let alone walk, and when he died, it’d be the Carnival for him…

SFF, Short stories

StarShipSofa: “The Mistress of Fishes”

SSS_SEPT_2014-500x647Now from the “Oops, I’m so behind!” file, comes some very late-breaking news. My short sci-fi story, “The Mistress of Fishes”, has been podcast by the good people over at StarShipSofa. You can listen to the very fine narration by Barbra Dillon here.

Now granted, I’m still quite new at this writing thing, but whenever anyone makes a comment to me about one of my short stories it’s generally this one. It seems to be quite popular, which is nice. Originally it appeared in Regeneration: New Zealand Speculative Fiction II, last year, when it also won a small prize at one of the sci-fi conventions. That prize being Terry Pratchett books, which is fantastic for me as I’m a big fan.

It’s one of several stories I have that focuses on or around the fishing industry in future New Zealand.  Two other of these stories are due out soon from The Book Smugglers and Apex Magazine, and I’m currently writing up another on seaweed. Mostly to help encourage myself to finally finish and submit that paper I have on algae that’s been 90% done for some years now…