Monday, 20 October 2014

What does God look like?

My five year old son asked me what God looks like yesterday. I immediately started thinking about the way I asked myself that question while I was writing Schaefer's Integrity about ten years ago. But I replied, "Well, what do you think God looks like?" He said he didn't know, but could we look him up on the iPad. So we Googled God. And sure enough, on the internet you get a lot of pictures of a bearded old white fella parting the clouds. I explained that nobody had ever seen God and these were just people guessing. Then I suggested maybe my son would like to draw his own idea of what God looks like. So he did. What does it tell you that he drew a man dressed in black with a red face and... are they horns...?

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Winner - Best Large Service Desk Award Of The Year 2014 - CoSocius (Forrest Screendump)

About a year ago on this blog I presented a spoof video I had written and directed for our company called "Service Desk in Black", which, as the name would suggest, was a riff on Men in Black. This year, the company's submission (again written and directed by yours truly, although not without some stellar input from many others) was a spin on Forrest Gump. Not only did the video win (unofficially) best video at the Service Desk Institute awards, but our company CoSocius won the overall award for Best Large Service Desk. Well done to all involved. And here is "Forrest Screendump"...

Thursday, 19 June 2014

"The Axiom Few" moves on

I'm going to use the word "tapestry" here because I can see no other way of describing the route my new set of Axiom Few short stories seems to be taking. BRENDA's origin story is well underway and I'm really excited. The stories are becoming a tapestry and that may well influence the title of the story collection when it comes out. It won't all be about new characters though. At the end of The Autumn Structure our friend Geek was trapped on an alien vessel and I have to get him off there!

All this will come in time. I'm having a lot of fun with it at the moment. In the meantime, why not head over to Amazon and get the book that started it all...

Thursday, 30 January 2014

The Axiom Few - Free on Kindle till Monday

"...Come on, Channel 4, there's a series waiting to be made here..." -

"....A good old fashioned (yet high-tech) tale of approaching apocalypse, this story served to remind me just what unpretentious science fiction can do when written by someone who clearly relishes every word..." - Whispers of Wickedness

"...Beautifully crafted..." Annieworld

"...a nicely told story of alternate realities..." SFRevu

My short story collection The Axiom Few is the science fiction I am most proud of, and also the work that I enjoy revisiting the most. The ideas in the eight stories here feel to me like a springboard into a wider mythology. Three of these stories were published in Jupiter SF magazine, and were widely reviewed on various SF websites.

In other Axiom Few news I have started working on another set of stories to be published sometime in the not too distant future. Obviously Archer, Geek and Davey will be returning and their adventures will continue, but there will be some new characters too, whose presence and effects have already been felt.

This book is reviewed on the SF Crowsnest website here and can be picked up on Amazon for free from Thursday 30th January to Monday 3rd February. I really hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Three for Free this Weekend on Kindle

A triple whammy from me this weekend. Schaefer's Integrity, A Comet of Ideas Looking for a Planet and The Train Set. All free this weekend. If you have a Kindle, you should click on 'em. Go on, you know you want to.