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The Elektron Mill

The Elektron Mill ( Parsec 2, August 2021) 

The ancient Greeks knew about static electricity and the Romans could build very large mills. Together they could build a machine to produce enormous voltages and generate gods, but gods are not always good company.

Sean’s 100th professional story

 

Damocles

Damocles (Analog, March/April 2021)

She knew the design of a weapon that might have ended both World Wars. It would definitely have ended the world. It was too dangerous for her to be anywhere except in solitary confinement in a maximum security prison, but after three decades she had had enough.

The Chrysalis Pool

If you could look ahead as a child and see the sort of person your adult self becomes, would you really want to grow up? Some of us may get a choice when the chance to become hyper-adult presents itself. One catch is that you have to die, in very cold water. Another that you may not like yourself.

The Chrysalis Pool came equal 4th in the 2021 Analog Readers Poll.

“Another good story by one of the best.” SFREVU

 

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.

Winner, 2021 Analog Readers Poll

“… exactly the sort of outside-the-box hard SF that I like to showcase …” Trevor Quachri, Analog editor, July 2021 issue

“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

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