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

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Terminalia and The Washer From the Ford – Full Stories Online

In honour of the upcoming ConNZealand 78th World Science Fiction Convention being held this year in Wellington, New Zealand from 29th July – 2nd August, I have put up the full text of two pieces of my short fiction that are eligible for the 2019 Hugos this year:

‘Terminalia’, published in Interzone in Jan/Feb 2019, eligible in the Novelette Category
‘Washer From The Ford’, published in Fantasy & Science Fiction in Jan/Feb 2019 – eligible in the Short Story Category

If anyone – Hugo eligible voter or not! – 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


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Wheel of Echoes published

Sean’s story Wheel of Echoes has been published in the 90th anniversary issue (January/February) of Analog magazine.
A sound recorder was built nearly three hundred years before the Nineteenth Century phonographs. What was recorded? Does anyone have a copy of What’s On In London for March 1603?

"Great little tale, but funny and poignant." Sam Tamaino, SFRevu

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Australian Authors Who Write Amazing Science Fiction

The video wiki site Ezvid Wiki has listed Sean amongst its list of ’10 Australian Authors Who Write Amazing Science Fiction’. 

“When you hear the words “science fiction,” Australia might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But there are many talented writers from the land down under who explore technology, the future, and the farthest reaches of space with compelling characters and well-written prose. The ten authors listed here have written some great sci-fi that deserves a place on your shelf.”

Listed as notable works are his collections Colours of the Soul and Ghosts of Engines Past. “Though many of the fifteen tales here are brimming with humour, McMullen has written them in such a way that they make the reader think seriously about them too.”
The rest of the list, with the other great Australian sci-fi authors can be found here: 

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Czech magazine XB-1 publishes Technarion translation

The Czech magazine XB-1 has republished Sean’s 2013 story Technarion in its first translation into Czech. 
This steampunk story of an 1875 electric relay computer in London was originally published in the September/October 2013 issue of acclaimed UK magazine Interzone, and was the joint winner of the Annual Readers’ Poll. 
The original (untranslated) website for XB-1 can be found here: 

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