Technology has changed the world around us over the last century, and promises even more great things for the future. But what does that future look like without the marvels of the machine age? After the fall of technology, what lies ahead for humanity?
Featuring a new story from Adam Roberts, plus tales from Allen Ashley, Mike Chinn, Caren Gussoff, Amelia Mangan, Stephen Palmer, Rob Sanders, Simon Sylvester and many more.
Ed Ahern resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He has his original wife, but advises that after forty six years they are both out of warranty. Ed has had forty five stories published thus far.
Allen Ashley is no stranger to end of the world stories, having edited Catastrophia for PS Publishing in 2010. Allen runs Clockhouse London Writers and is the judge for the British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition. A writer, editor, poet, tutor and event host, his most recent book is Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac (Alchemy Press, 2013) and has the following titles due in 2014: Sensorama (an anthology) and The Planet Suite (revised version of his breakthrough novel) – both from Eibonvale Press (UK). www.allenashley.com
Delphine Boswell expresses her love of writing in the words of John Steinbeck, “I nearly always write just as I nearly always breathe.” Delphine has had numerous short stories published, several in anthologies, as well as a chapter excerpt from a dystopian trilogy that she is presently working on and a chapter excerpt from a mystery novel that she has completed. When not writing, she teaches a thesis completion course to university graduate students. More info can be found on her website: delphineboswell.com.
Gary Budgen grew up and still lives in London. His fiction has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies including Interzone, Theaker’s Quarterly and Sein und Werden. Recently he has had stories in the Breaking the Rules, Where Are We Going? And the Urban Green Mananthologies. He is a member of London Clockhouse Writers. His website is: garybudgen.wordpress.com/
Daniel Carpenter has had his words on Metazen, Rainy City Stories and was featured in the National Flash Fiction anthology Jawbreakers alongside Ali Smith and Ian Rankin. Most recently his short story “Skin” was a runner up in the Manchester Climate Change Short Story Competition. He tweets at @dancarpenter85 and blogs on winterhillmcr.wordpress.com
Megan Chee has lived in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and is currently entering her first year at Cornell University. She spends an inordinate amount of time dreaming up stories, which has resulted in an unfortunate tendency to mutter under her breath in inopportune situations.
Mike Chinn has published over 40 short stories, from Westerns to Lovecraftian fiction; with all shades of Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction and Pulp Adventure in between. He’s scripted comic strips for DC Thompson’s Beano and late-lamented Starblazer digest; along with two books on how to write comics/graphic novels – which saw translation into several languages. The Alchemy Press published a collection of his Damian Paladin fiction in 1998,whilst he has edited SWORDS AGAINST THE MILLENNIUM (2000) and THE ALCHEMY PRESS BOOK OF PULP HEROES (2012) and THE ALCHEMY PRESS BOOK OF PULP HEROES 2 (2013) for the same imprint. He is presently working on a third volume in the PULP HEROES series, along with a Sherlock Holmes Steampunk mash-up for Fringeworks – in which he gets to send the famous detective to the Moon.
Over the last ten years, Helen Ellwood has had two plays staged, has cowritten and directed two short films, both shown at QUAD in Derby, been a member of the script writing team for two BBC funded docudramas and has had two short stories broadcast on BBC Radio Derby.
Parts 1 and 2 of her co-written fantasy trilogy, Taranor, are available on Amazon. To break this weird run of twos, Helen is writing the third novel of the trilogy, aiming for publication early next year.
Caren Gussoff is a SF writer living in Seattle, WA. The author of Homecoming (2000), and The Wave and Other Stories (2003), first published by Serpent’s Tail/High Risk Books, Gussoff’s been published in anthologies by Seal Press, and Prime Books, as well as in Abyss & Apex, Cabinet des Fées and Fantasy Magazine. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 2008 was the Carl Brandon Society’s Octavia E. Butler Scholar at Clarion West. Her new novel, The Birthday Problem, will be published by Pink Narcissus Press in July 2014. Find her online at @spitkitten, facebook.com/spitkitten, and at spitkitten.com.
David Hartley is a writer, blogger and performer based in Manchester. He writes tricksy tales about strange and wonderful things, some of which have been published, some of which have been banished to the distant reaches of a forgotten computer file. His first book of flash fiction, Threshold, was published by Gumbo Press in 2013 and is available via all good search engines. His blog is davidhartleywriter.blogspot.com and he can also be found on twitter: @DhartleyWriter
Andrew Kells has written radio adverts, short stories, scripts, and two novels; and has performed his work at literature events across the East Midlands. He is currently writing a contemporary urban fairytale, as well as developing his successful workshop for younger writers, “Your Epic Starts Here!”, which featured as part of Nottingham’s Festival Of Words and Nottingham Children’s Book Festival in 2013.
Emma J. Lannie grew up in Manchester and now lives and writes in Derby. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies and journals, and her first short story collection Behind a Wardrobe in Atlantis was recently published by Mantle Lane Press. You can read some of her stories (and ramblings about time travel, buildings, and naps) at garglingwithvimto.blogspot.co.uk
LD Lapinski is a writer of fantasy, science fiction and short story flash.She recently completed her MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University. She is currently working on her first novel. @ldlapinski
Amelia Mangan was born in London in 1983 and currently lives in Sydney, Australia. Her writing is featured in many anthologies and magazines, among them X7: An Anthology of Seven Deadly Sins,No Monsters Allowed and Worms (all ed. Alex Davis), The Bestiarum Vocabulum andPhobophobias (both ed. Dean M. Drinkel), Blood Type: An Anthology of Vampire SF On the Cutting Edge (ed. Robert S. Wilson), and Attic Toys (ed. Jeremy C. Shipp). Her story, “Blue Highway,” won the first annual Yen Magazine Short Story competition in 2013, and was published in Yen #65.
MP Neal writes speculative fiction, mostly fantasy, science fiction or suspense where the characters at the centre of the story are often under threat. Her short stories, published or about to appear, are entitled “Last” in Strange Fortune (Knightwatch Press) and “The Unbinding” soon to be available in an anthology After the Fall (Boo Books). She has just finished her first novel The Dark Age. She is a mother who started out as a space scientist before becoming a writer. Her website can be found at www.facebook.com/maureenpneal
Stephen Palmer is the author of eight novels: Memory Seed (Orbit 1996; Infinity Plus ebooks 2013),Glass (Orbit 1997; Infinity Plus ebooks 2013), Flowercrash (Wildside 2002; Infinity Plus ebooks 2013), Muezzinland (Wildside 2003; Infinity Plus ebooks 2011), Hallucinating (Wildside 2004; Infinity Plus ebooks 2011), The Rat And The Serpent (Prime Books 2005; Infinity Plus ebooks 2012) and Urbis Morpheos (PS Publishing 2010; Infinity Plus ebooks 2014). His eighth novel, the surreal and fast-paced Hairy London, is published as a paperback and an ebook in 2014. His short stories have been published by Spectrum SF, Wildside, NewCon, Unspoken Water, Rocket Science, Solaris, Theakers, Boo Books and Eibonvale, with more forthcoming for 2014. He lives and works in Shropshire, UK.
Adam Roberts is a writer and academic who lives some way west of London. His latest books are Jack Glass (2013), Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea (with Mahendra Singh; 2014) and Bête (2014).
Rob Sanders is the author of six science fiction and fantasy novels, as well as numerous short stories, novellas, audio dramas and comics. His fiction has appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list and has won national writing competitions. He lives off the beaten track in the small city of Lincoln, UK.
Cameron Suey is a California native living in San Francisco with his wife and daughter. He works as a writer in the games industry, and along with several other talented writers, won the WGA Award for Videogame Writing in 2009 for “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.” His work has appeared on the Pseudopod Podcast, several anthologies including A Quick Bite of Flesh and Historic History, and is featured in the first issue of Jamais Vu: The Journal of Strange Among the Familiar. He can be found on the web at thejosefkstories.com, where he writes about writing, horror, and other influences, and on twitter as @josefkstories.
Simon Sylvester is a writer, teacher and filmmaker. He has written more than a thousand flash stories on Twitter and his first novel, The Visitors, will be published by Quercus Books in June 2014. Simon lives in Cumbria with the painter Monica Metsers and their daughter Dora. www.simonsylvester.wordpress.com