Sean’s story in Analog, The Audience, was republished in The Year’s Best SF 33, edited by Gardner Dozois, Best Science Fiction of the Year, edited by Neil Clarke, and the audio book anthology The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction #8.

In his story Exceptional Forces, the fate of the galaxy is decided during a very tense half hour in an American hotel room. It appeared in the February 2016 issue of Asimov’s Magazine.

The Life and Soul of the Party was published in the Canadian anthology Lazarus Risen. Oscar Wilde may be dead, but that does not mean he can't accept an invitation to your dinner party.

And just making it into 2016, The Luminarium Tower was published in the UK/Australian anthology Dreaming in the Dark, edited by Jack Dann. Raksar the goblin artist is back, creating unimaginably beautiful art that kills people.

Sean is a judge for the Norma K. Hemming Award for speculative fiction dealing with race, gender, sexuality, class and disability, and is currently reading the nominees for the 2016 award..



without a keyboard. You can now listen to Sean reading a growing selection of his short stories. Five stories are currently available:

1. Summoning the King

It is 1969, and Oberon is about to appear at a Melbourne folk music club. (Original 2014, Sean McMullen - reading, concertina, guitar; Keryn Lientschnig - cello)

2. Running invisible

Go jogging at the right speed, late at night, and it's a very strange new world. (Trust Me Too, 2012: Sean McMullen - reading)


An electric computer was built in London in 1875. Who invented it? Nobody Human. (Interzone, August 2013:  Sean McMullen - reading & vocals; Ann Poore - harp; Excerpt from Mary's Rest by permission from Ann Poor)

4.The Constant Past

There's a Regency serial killer researching his victims in the municipal library. Would you call Dexter, or just have a quiet word to the librarian?  (Dreaming Again, 2008): Sean McMullen - reading, Ann Poore - harp)

5. A Ring of Green Fire

In 1188 England was blighted by a sexually transmitted disease that could light your way on a dark night. (Interzone, Nov 1994; Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy, 2010: Sean McMullen - reading; Ann Poore - medieval harp).

6. Shadow of the King

Oberon has been enslaved and forced to perform in the folk clubs of 1973 Melbourne. Titania is weaving a spell to free him, but she will need help from some local musicians. Thanks to my friends Peter Parkhill and Graham Smith for permission to use the recordings of their 1973 and 1978 performances, and to Ann Poore for recording the quite magical harp pieces for me in 2014. (Original, 2014: Sean McMullen, reading, vocals & guitar; Peter Parkhill, vocals & guitar; Graham Smith, vocals, accordion & concertina; Ann Poore, harp)








All six books in Sean's new series The Warlock's Child series are available from Amazon and Ford Street Publishing.

Walock's Child

Ghosts of ENgines Past

Reanimus Press has published two ebook collections of Sean's stories. Ghosts of Engines Past contains his steampunk stories, including his Hugo Award runner up, Eight Miles. Colours of the Soul has his recent science fiction and fantasy.       

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Colours of the Soul