We’ve been so busy with multiple writing projects (as well as our day jobs) that I neglected to announce the publication of Liberating Earth – an anthology of science fiction and fantasy written entirely by women! I edited the collection for small press Obverse Books, contributing a linking story which deals with the anthology’s premise: two Cousins from Faction Paradox, manipulators of space, time, and magic, who compete in creating alternative universes in which the human race are not the Earth’s dominant species. I’m extremely pleased with the resulting stories and their very varied settings and styles, and especially proud to have got some of the writers into print for the first time.
My husband and long-time co-writer Jonathan Blum and I are working together on a novel for the first time since Fallen Gods in 2003. Mediasphere is based on a classic of British 70s science fiction television: Blakes 7.
The heroes of Blakes 7 were a small group of rebels who turned the power of an alien starship against the ruthless Federation. The Mediasphere is the space station where the Federation produces a carefully controlled diet of popular entertainment, propaganda, and news for its citizens.
Blakes 7’s cynical, sardonic dystopia is an ideal setting for a satirical look at the media. Plus Jon and I have been fans of the series since we first watched it as kids. As you can imagine, we’re having a lot of fun!
My science fiction short story “Robbie Can’t Dance” is now live on Cosmos magazine’s Web site!
I’ve got plenty of other projects on the go, some of which I can’t tell you about just yet… in the meantime, though: I’m proud to have a short story in the forthcoming unofficial Doctor Who charity anthology Seasons of War.
It’s past time I started keeping a proper blog just for my writing. If you’ve heard of me, it’s probably because of my Doctor Who work, but I haven’t written much Who lately. So what am I up to these days?
My science fiction short story “Robbie Can’t Dance” appears this month in Australia’s Cosmos magazine (and on their Web site), a tale of robotics and love (or is it?). This marks my tenth original short story in print. My first ever sale was “The Bicycle Net” (to Interzone, way back in 1997), set in a post-apocalyptic Australia, and the most recent was “Head Case”, published in Cosmos in 2011 – still available to read for free at their Web site.
One of these days, when I have enough decent stories in print, I’m going to pitch an anthology… or dare I publish it myself? Hmm, I have a lot of research to do before I know whether that’s a realistic option or not.
In the meantime, I’ve completed a rough first draft of the original science fiction novel I’ve been working on since – this is not a joke – 1999! Strange Flesh has been through multiple incarnations (and titles) since it began as a proposal for an Eighth Doctor novel. It’s traditional SF in many ways, with spacecraft, interplanetary colonies, and weird alien organisms – although there are no sentient aliens (or are there?), you can tell I loved Larry Niven’s “Known Worlds” tales as a teen.
Right now, though, Strange Flesh is in the “drawer”; I won’t return to it to do rewrites until it’s rested there for a while, so I can see it with fresh eyes. It’ll be a while before I have a draft fit for the eyes of a potential agent. Amongst other projects I have on the go is another novel, with a similar title but a very different style: Strange Device is much more of a science fantasy. Again I guess my adolescent influences are apparent, this time Chris Claremont’s classic time on the X-Men comics.
Earlier this year I finished editing an all-woman anthology for Obverse Books, Liberating Earth. I’m really pleased with the quality and variety of stories in the book! The usual real-world hurdles have delayed its publication, but it’ll be worth the wait. I’ll post here as soon as it’s available.
And now, back to work!