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Angular Size is up for a #BSFA Award!

What a turn up for the books – well, short story. I have a preposterous tale shortlisted for the prestigious BSFA Awards 2018. If you are a member or are attending the FollyCon / EasterCon in Harrogate this Easter I would be enormously grateful if you would consider voting for ANGULAR SIZE in the shorter story category. Link is here


The premise is predicated on the concept of Angular Size, or the apparent size of an object. Eg the sun is the same apparent size of the moon, but we know it’s not the actual same size. Similarly there is no coin small enough that will blot out the moon, or sun, if you hold it out at arm’s length. A blouse button might do! In Angular Size, another moon appears behind our usual one. As a probe approaches the darned thing stays the same angular size. What’s going on? And why is our female protagonist obsessed by her chair? The astronomers at Arecibo are frustrated that their sophisticated instruments cannot SEE the extra moon even though all they need to do is go outside and it is there – in their face!

That’s my ANGULAR SIZE short story in #SFERICS 2017 anthology, and it’s been nominated for the #BSFA short story #Award– yeay. Not only nominated but as of yesterday it has been shortlisted. Out of dozens of nominees – all excellent stories – somehow my ANGULAR SIZE had reached the short list of five!

BSFA members will receive a copy of all the shortlisted entries free (as part of their membership), but if you wish to read it then you can buy the anthology within which it resides:

The SFERICS 2017 anthology is only £3.40 paperback and only 99p Kindle…/…/1976143381/

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I can recommend this new venture. It is a web-based writing and showcasing site that has already run one successful competition. I am the next honorary judge for the suspense category. If you are hard at work with #NaNoWriMo or just finishing off a novel or long story of at least 10k words and want to know what to do with it, why not enter it for

Free to enter, huge prizes

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XAGHRA’S REVENGE  released this summer. Pirates abducted 5000 people off the tiny Mediterranean island near Malta in 1551. Nearly 500yrs passed until their spirits enacted revenge with my authorial help. 

I am to do a signing of Xaghra’s Revenge at the Preluna Hotel, Sliema in April 2018. I stayed at this hotel when I did the research and even wrote some chapters there.


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