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AethernetAnother month, another issue of the magazine of serial fiction, Aethernet.

As always, a great line-up, and this issue also marks the first instalment of my four-parter, Memento, my attempt to meld one of the trad SF tropes (colonies on other worlds) with a bit of Philip K Dickian twisting of reader expectations as we go along.

I know that current or most recent work tends to be the writer’s favourite piece, but this one is, well, one of my favourites among things I’ve written, and certainly one of the most interesting.

Here’s the line-up:

  • Cosmopolitan Predators! by Tony Ballantyne
  • Gela’s Ring by Chris Beckett
  • Bartholomew Burns and the Brain Invaders by Eric Brown
  • Memento by Keith Brooke
  • The Ties that Bind by Juliet E McKenna
  • Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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The Unlikely World of Faraway Frankie – new ebook edition

The Unlikely World of Faraway FrankieI was delighted earlier this year when Ian Whates of Newcon Press approached me about producing an ebook edition of The Unlikely World of Faraway Frankie, which I regard as one of the best things I’ve written. Newcon did a superb job with the paperback and hardback editions, so naturally I didn’t hesitate to say yes to the e-version.

And this week it came out (just in time for Newcon’s 5th anniversary party):

This is what it’s all about:

Frankie Finnegan, or Faraway Frankie as he is sometimes known, is a boy who retreats from the harsh struggles of day-to-day life into daydreaming, adept at turning the bullies’ insults and cruelty into a joke so that he can laugh along.

To cope with the pressure, he turns inwards: he has a most vivid — and sometimes disturbing — imagination, and telling tall tales is one of his ways of coping. Everyone is accustomed to his flights of fancy, and his occasional lapses when he forgets the boundaries between his dream world and the real one. But then… as Frankie’s humiliations mount up, more and more elements from his faraway fantasy world start to appear in the real one. Can he use his imaginary world to escape? Can he learn how to construct the world around him from his dreams, and so get some kind of control over his life?

But when power goes to your head, and your head is where the world comes from, that’s a very dangerous mix.

“A masterclass in how to transcend labels. It is wiser about youth and imagination than most other novels published today; and everybody, of whatever age, should read it.” – Adam Roberts

“An accomplished coming-of-age story that balances the real and the surreal to great effect.” — The Guardian

“One of the best short novels of childhood you will read this year.” — SF Site

“It will stay in my mind for a long time” — Science Fiction & Fantasy

“This is an elegant little gem of a book: unsettling, funny and exciting in equal measure… Recommended.” – Tony Ballantyne


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