A Wintery Tale

I’ve just put a story up on the blog. It’s one I wrote some time ago, and by now it’s fairly clear it’s not going to get published. Genre venues say it is too mainstream, mainstream venues say it is too genre. But it’s a story I’ve got quite a bit of affection for, and it seems appropriate to the season. I think lovers of Le Grand Meaulnes will get it, others may not. It is called, appropriately, ‘The Lost Domain’.



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When I started this blog, I meant to write primarily about literature and more broadly about the arts. I emphatically did not intend to write about politics. But I woke this morning in a country that has a UKIP MP. Continue reading

Reprint: Tales of Alvin Maker


I just came across this review of Seventh Son and Red Prophet by Orson Scott Card when I was looking through old issues of Foundation the other day. It first appeared in Foundation 45, Spring 1989, and I had completely forgotten writing it. Re-reading the review, I feel that I was far more tolerant then than I would be now, and of course I made no mention of the Mormon undertone in the books because I probably missed it completely. Still, I don’t think on the whole that this is a bad review given how old it is, so I thought I’d reprint it here. Continue reading

Reprint: Mars


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Another Cognitive Mapping column. This one, which discusses one of science fiction’s great objects of desire, appeared in Vector 214, November-December 2000: Continue reading


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