Ian Sales – Testimonial

“McMullen … is as canny of a sf writer as 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 Review of ‘Dreams of the Technarion
Ian Sales
Interzone

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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.

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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

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

‘Terminalia’, published in Interzone in Jan/Feb 2019
‘Washer From The Ford’, published in Fantasy & Science Fiction in Jan/Feb 2019

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

 

READ FULL PDF OF TERMINALIA HERE

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

READ FULL PDF OF WASHER FROM THE FORD HERE

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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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