The anthology, "Ill-considered Expeditions", is out in paperback from April Moon Books. Get it for the beautiful cover if not for my story, "The Pulsar and The Planet". :)
Sixteen new stories to delight and horrify you from a mixture of critically-acclaimed writers and new-bloods. This will be a voyage of discovery for all concerned as successive teams of hapless explorers fall foul of the elements and monstrosities lurking in shadowy caves, hidden temples, icy tombs and even alien planets. From steamy jungles and back waters to unexplored islands and mysterious woodlands, researchers investigate alien artifacts and mysterious creatures, while others probe interdimensional portals, oblivious to the dangers. Some are motivated by the romance of discovery, others by the heady intoxication of greed, but all are doomed when their forays into the unknown world become terrifying tales of Ill-considered Expeditions!
The anthology contains the following stories:
Pete Mesling – In the Chillest Land
Matthew Barron – Hell Island
James Dorr – Ice Vermin
Stuart Conover – The Dig
Steve Foreman – The Strange Affair of Bunny Fosdyke
Ahmed A. Khan – The Pulsar and the Planet
Gerry Griffiths – Jonathon Stone’s Swansong
Nicholas Nicario – Povo de Ossos
R. Allen Leider – The Secret of Bumare-Moto
Jess Landry – The Root
Franklin Marsh – The Wood
Josh Reynolds – An Incident at the Plateau of Tsang
DJ Tyrer – The White Goddess
Stanley Webb – Captain Baxter’s Journal
Patrick Loveland – Ghosts of the Spires
Paul M. Feeney – The Room at the Top of the House
The anthology is available from Amazon
"Another Mosque Among the Stars" is an anthology of my stories collected under the theme of Islamic SF and containing my essay on the definition of the same.
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What is "Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant"?
No, this is not a Jeopardy response. This is the title of the best graphic novel I have read in a long time. The story starts in the Istanbul of 1807. Delilah Dirk is a young, lively, adventuresome girl, described in the intro as a "globetrotting troublemaker". Erdemoglu Selim is a Turkish lieutenant, desirous of a peaceful life full of quiet and friendly conversations over a cup of tea. The story is how these two opposites form a team and go through the adventure.
Written and drawn by Tony Cliff and published by :01, this book has a lot going for it: lively story, delightful characters, gorgeous art, not to mention a flying ship.
Do yourself a favour - go read this book.
It is a rare thrill for me to discover a writer whose writes thoroughly entertaining and mind-expanding books. I experienced that thrill a couple of months ago when I discovered Steve Berry's "The Jefferson Key". In the days following that discovery, I have bought and read all of his books (13 in total) with the exception of his latest, "The Patriot Threat".
Here is my over-all take: - All the books are worth reading once.
- The books can be classified as historic fiction. The novella, "The Tudor Plot", is alternate history and as such, may even be classified as SF.
- Some books I liked more than the others. My particular favourites (in no particular order) are: The Templar Legacy; The Alexandria Link; The Jefferson Key; The Third Secret; and The King's Deception.
- Some of his novels (other than the above 5) suffer a bit from plot holes, particularly with reference to the motives of the characters.
- I love the notes at the end of the books, giving a peak into the facts behind the fictions.
In short: A writer worth reading and following.
"The Presonic Man" is one of my shortest and most liked and most reprinted and stories. This story was first published in Anotherealm, then reprinted in Antipodean, GateWay S-F, Ragged Edge Publishing and InterNova. It was translated into Lithuanian and published in "Dorados Raganos", into Croatian and published in "Futura" and into Finnish and published in "Spin".
And now the story has been re-born again. It appears in the latest issue of Blue Minaret: http://www.blueminaret.com/the-presonic-man/
Another of my stories, "Synchronicity", will be translated into Spanish and appear in the Spanish magazine, Nova Fantasia.