I’m interviewed for Southside Radio about the Robots of Death, Expressionist movies, and the joys of Zooming with cats! Download or listen to it here.
Fans of the ace detective team of Wills FitzJames and Noah Moyo from “Jolene” can rejoice! A new story, featuring a home invasion, an unresponsive gardener AI who is the only witness, and an intuitive border collie, is coming out shortly in the anthology London Centric from NewCon Press. It’s a thrill to be in the company of such amazing authors! Click here to preorder.
People who’ve read my book The Black Archive #43: The Robots of Death (and if you haven’t, you can buy it at the link), may remember that I talk about a stage adaptation of the classic Doctor Who story which was produced in 2012. Well, as a bonus, someone’s only gone and found some footage of Paul Darrow in the inaugural performance!
Best of British SF 2019 from NewCon Press (with my story “Every Little Star”) is now available for pre-order on Kindle for £3.49, rising to full price at the end of the month. So it makes sense to order it now! Click the link to get yours.
More good publishing news. My story “Every Little Star” (the one line summary of which is, “Like Gerry Anderson’s UFO, but with virtual reality, the Baader-Meinhof gang, and lesbians”) will appear in this year’s Best of British SF from Newcon Press– the second year running that I’ve had a story in the collection! Pre-order this great volume at the link.
I’ve been on leave from work this week, which has meant I’ve been looking for fun travel-substitutes to do while in lockdown. And my main activity has been a time-travelling visit to Disneyworld.
What does that mean? It means, I’m watching ride-through videos from Disneyland Florida and the EPCOT Center. But the catch is, I’m only watching vintage videos from rides which are either no longer in operation, or have changed substantially from their original conception.
If this is something you’d like to do too, I’ve compiled a little tour of the best ride-throughs I’ve been able to find (will update if I can find better), plus some useful documentaries and sites on the history of Disney theme parks that I’ve picked up along the way.
Mr Toad’s Wild Ride (this one’s USP was that you get a slightly different ride on each track, unlike other dual-track rides; the linked video goes through each multiple times).
Horizons (extended ride-through complied from multiple sources)
Universe of Energy (straight ride-through; poor visibility warning but this is literally the only copy of the original version of the pre-show and ride I could find)
Universe of Energy (extended ride-through complied from multiple sources)
The Mesa Verde Times (behind the scenes on Horizons)
Now, go stand in a shower with the heat on full blast, eating an overpriced hot dog and drinking a Pepsi, and buy a T-shirt with mouse ears or the CommuniCore on it or a stuffed toy of Figment, and your visit to Florida in the 1980s will be complete.
If you haven’t already bought your copy of The Black Archive #43: The Robots of Death, here’s something else to tempt you: a free excerpt from Chapter Four, on D84, artificial intelligence and artificial stupidity.
Here’s a video of me doing a reading for the BSFA Vector Solidarity Salon reading series. The story is “The Little Car Dreams of Gasoline”, published in On Spec magazine in 2016.
And one of my cats gets involved.
I’m going to be giving a reading this Thursday in the BSFA Vector’s Solidarity Salon! I’m on at 8:45, following Chinelo Onwualu at 8:15. The Facebook event page is here, and I’ll provide a link to the video after the event.
I’ll be reading “The Little Car Dreams of Gasoline,” which is my first published self-driving car story, and is a stand-alone prequel to my novel Driving Ambition.