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A HISTORY OF NEW ZEALAND SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY

To celebrate the upcoming CoNZealand 78th World Science Fiction Convention being held in New Zealand this year, Simon Litten and I have written a sixty-five page History of New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy. Simon is one of the leading experts in New Zealand science-fiction and fantasy, and was one of the founding members of the Phoenix Science Fiction Club in Wellington. I was thrilled when he asked to collaborate on this. 

It has been published here – free. Read Chapter 1: Here Be Utopias; Chapter 2: Science Fiction and Fantasy Reborn; Chapter 3: SF Cinema and Television Before the Ring Arrived; Chapter 4: Lord of the Screens. Chapter 4; Chapter 5: New Zealand Writes – Contemporary Fiction; Chapter 6: Film and Television After the Ring; Chapter 7: Artists, Comics, Crash Courses and the Future.

Wheel of Echoes

If the machinery and skills  to build a sound recorder have existed since the Middle Ages, what recordings might survive, could we recognise them…  and what was hot in 1603?

Published in the January/February 2020 Analog.

“Great little tale… funny and poignant.” Sam Tamaino, SFRevu

Terminalia and The Washer From the Ford – Full Stories Online

I have put up the full text of two pieces of my recent short fiction:

If anyone would like to read them, the full PDFs are below, as well as some of the beautiful artwork from their original print run. 

Death is the frontier that we all must cross, it is more forbidding than the surface of the moon, and a space suit will not protect you. Still explorers are always drawn to frontiers. In 1905, in London, plans were being made for a return journey to the borderlands of death… even though the technology was experimental and unproven.

Published in Interzone, January/February 2019.

“… thrilling tale of adventure and intrigue.” Victoria Silverwolf , Tangent

 

If you are in the laundromat and you see a woman that nobody else can see, you might feel uneasy. If she is putting your torn and bloody clothes into a washing machine, hurry home and lock the door.

Published in Fantasy and Science Fiction, January/February 2019.

“Great story with wonderful supernatural detail.” – Sam Tomaina, SFRevu

“It seamlessly integrates the magical revelation with the murder and travels a plot path that is strong and surprising.” Chuck Rothman, Tangent Online

Terminalia

Death is the frontier that we all must cross, it is more forbidding than the surface of the moon, and a space suit will not protect you. Still explorers are always drawn to frontiers. IN 1905, in London, plans were being made for a return journey to the borderlands of death, even though the technolofy was experimental and unproven.

Published in Interzone, January/February 2019.

“… thrilling tale of adventure and intrigue.” Victoria Silverwolf , Tangent

 

The Washer From the Ford

If you are in the laundromat and you see a woman that nobody else can see, you might feel uneasy. If she is putting your torn and bloody clothes into a washing machine, hurry home and lock the door.

Published in Fantasy and Science Fiction, January/February 2019.

“Great story with wonderful supernatural detail.” – Sam Tomaina, SFRevu

“It seamlessly integrates the magical revelation with the murder and travels a plot path that is strong and surprising.” Chuck Rothman, Tangent Online

 

Extreme

Even risk taking psychopaths with a love of extremes have their uses.

Published in the November/December 2018 Fantasy and Science Fiction.

“Sean McMullen sets “Extreme” in an SF world in which the narrator, genetically predisposed to high risk thrill-seeking behavior, masks his personal locator from police to seek lawbreaking thrills.”

C.D. Lewis

Tangent

The Pendant Lens

Analog, September/October 2018

A story of steam power, electrostatics and the French Revolution.

The author creates a memorable character in the person of a strong-willed woman who works with Robespierre. The protagonist learns to fear and respect her, and ultimately they must learn to trust each other.

Victoria Silverwolf

Tangent Online

Dreams of the Technarion

ReAnimus, 2017

Ten stories spanning steampunk, space exploration, science fantasy and bio-engineering.

Featuring:
Technarion: Interzone readers poll winner
Exceptional Forces: Asimov’s SF poll finalist
The Audience: the highly acclaimed story from the 1000th issue of Analog
Outpost of Wonder, Sean’s 37,000 word history of Australian science fiction from 1832 to 2017.

“McMullen … is a cannier sf writer than Phillip K. Dick ever was … working in a genre that has developed a great deal more self-identity … There is a wide range of ideas on display here, each one worked out thoroughly. This is what science fiction is for, not tales of slavery in far-flung galactic empires, genocide on alien worlds, or mass murder in alternate realities”

Ian Sales

Interzone

Technarion: Interzone annual reader’s poll winner; republished in Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction 31; “It grabbed me right away with its strong characterisation, inventive premise, and tense plotting.”

Eric Seal

Prose Dive

The Influence Machine: republished in Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction 35, “Great story with engaging characters I hope to see again”

SFRevu

Exceptional Forces: Asimov’s Magazine annual readers poll finalist;  The best story here is probably Sean McMullen’s “”Exceptional Forces”, a sly and clever story about a genius reasoning with a female assassin who’s come to his hotel room to kill him”

Gardner Dozois

Locus

Lost Faces: “ a runaway female slave from India named Vishesti … curses Rome for what has been done to her children. Does she succeed?… This was one great story – SFRevu; This is an excellent story”

Chuck Rothman

Tangent Online

The Audience: republished in Neil Clarke’s Best Science Fiction of the Year; Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction 33 Alan Kaster’s Year’s Top Tales of Science Fiction

Alan Kaster's Year’s Top Tales of Science Fiction

Two Hours at Frontier

Analog, November/December 2017

Humans are not really designed for space travel, but that does not mean that we can’t travel through space.

Finalist, Analog annual readers poll.

The Best stories … “Two Hours At Frontier” by Sean McMullen, in which the crew of a spaceship en route to investigate a mysterious artifact at the outer edge of the solar system wakes from hibernation to find themselves transformed and faced with mysteries to be solved.

Gardner Dozois

Locus

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