Fiction

The first section lists various old stories I wrote between approximately 2004 and 2009. I recently published these here as I decided that any fiction I wrote in future would be fresh and new, rather than re-purposed older stories. Still, I felt a little saddened at the idea of these stories mouldering in a Windows folder, hence putting them online.

The second section lists stories written as part of the Friday Flash Fiction project, between 2007 and 2010. Although there are many poor stories amongst them (they were often written at very short notice to hit a Friday deadline), those sit alongside some of the best pieces of fiction I’ve written. Enjoy sorting the wheat from the chaff…

 

Short Stories

Each of these stories includes a short intro including some of my own thoughts on the story, or a little information about where it came from, when it was written, etc.

I’ve marked my favourites with an asterisk.

The Flowers of War World (2007) *
 Entropy in the Clockwork City – Parts One, Two and Three (2006) *
The Disastrous Voyage of the Incredible Flying Squirrel (2006)
Brighton After the Bomb – Parts One and Two (2008) *
Underground Railroad (2009)
In the Night (2006)
Claimjumper (2006)
Dead Cities & Survivors (2008)
Heterocera Excision – Parts One and Two (2006)
Truth (2006)
Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt (2006) *
Phoenix Subsiding (2005)
Doppelganger (2004)
The Old Choir (2008) *
Small Fish (2006)
Amber (2006)
Pearls That Were His Eyes – Parts One, Two and Three (2007) *

 

Friday Flash Fiction

F3 was a weekly affair wherein writers posted a piece of flash fiction to their blogs on a Friday. No shit, right? Originally proposed by Gareth Lyn Powell in Autumn 2007, there have been about fifteen known participants and in the region of several hundred stories have been posted. Most of us have since given up the practice but it was good fun for a couple of years.

Illuminations cover

In 2008 a Friday Flash Fiction anthology was published by Odd Two Out. Check it out here – it features over 60 stories from the first nine participants and was launched at Orbital convention 2008. All profits go to the NSPCC and if that’s not enough to persuade you to investigate, I can threaten to kill some kittens.

Participants (in vague order of when they joined in) included Gareth Lyn PowellPaul RavenMartin McGrathNeil BeynonGareth D. JonesJustin PickardDan PawleyGreg O’ByrneJay LakeIan HockingClive BirniePhred SerenissimaGaie Sebold & Sarah Ellender and Sumit Dam.

All of my flashfic stories follow, grouped by year. Some I like. Some I like less. But here they are, warts and all. I’ve marked some of my favourites with asterisks.

2010:
51 – 13 Datums Dancing

2009:
50 – Funeral
49 – Colours Move *
48 – Punk’s Not Dead *
47 – Heralded By Iron *
46 – Wanderlust
45 – Breaking the Circle
44 – The Time Before I Turn
43 – MySpace: 1999 *
42 – Total Campaign Dominance
41 – Some Kind of Superhero *
40 – Two Thousand and Eight

2008:
39 – Bitterness The Star *
38 – Signs
37 – Carried Out to the Sea
36 – Watching the Valves *
35 – We’re Never Going Home! *
34 – Our Bright Horizon *
33 – Respawner
32 – Releasing Moments
31 – Skyflowers
30 – Earthbound
29 – Spaceman
28 – Interdiction Zone
27 – Binary Visions
26 – Turning Point
25 – My Mother the Robot *
24 – Excerpts from Eastercon (Potentiality; Among the Stars; some 6-word stories)
23 – Deadblogging
22 – Memories of Place
21 – Carry These Songs Like A Comfort Wherever You Go
20 – Sun
19 – Love Story
18 – This Urban Aesthetic
17 – Human Interest Story
16 – The Future’s Bright – The Future’s Trivial

2007:
15 – ‘Farewell!’ Sings the Swarm
14 – Terminator
13 – Brighton After the Bomb (excerpt)
12 – Vote Now!
11 – Half-Day of the Dead (not flash, but shh)
10 – She Dances
9 – Slip It In *
8 – Satisfaction
7 – I Am Colony *
6 – Grey Matter *
5 – Softly Softly Catchee Monkey
4 – The Heart of Liberty
3 – Art Show
2 – O Radiance, O Blessed Light
1 – Surreal Botany specimen: Urex pertorqeuo

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