Five star review of The Future is Short 2

Just noticed a five star review on Amazon.com of The Future is Short 2, a collection of microstories in which I have 4 stories.

This is what it says:

on November 7, 2015
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
This review is long overdue. My compliments to the all authors featured in this compilation, I have yet to read all the selections, but my favorites thus far are from Carol Shelter, Jot Russell, Andy Lake, Thomas N. Huber and Paula Friedman. What impresses me the most about these stories is how complete they are given the micro nature. I never would have believed you could get a beginning, middle and end in few words and still come out with an exciting, insightful and sometimes, touching story. I also like the grouping of the stories into categories. Whether you’re seeking a peek into how we will deal with issues facing the Earth, travel beyond the stars, alien encounters, or what it means to be human in the first place, you’ll find a good story here
Thanks, TJ Sachs!
And yes, it is from 2015. Which shows how often I check out Amazon reviews!
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Another 5 star review for Shades of Green

Delighted to find another 5 star review on Amazon.co.uk for Shades of Green:

“What an enjoyable, intricate view of alternative politics, showing several sides of the same argument. It gave a balanced intelligent picture which was very thought-provoking, but added to that was an underlying tale of drama and intrigue which kept on building magnificently. Even the English grammar was good – what more can you ask?!”

Many thanks to the reviewer Paula Good for that one!

Amazon.co.uk

Shades of Green website

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Sci Fi CatShorts and Other Speculative Tales

I’ve put together a small collection of SF Microstories, with the title Sci Fi Catshorts and Other Speculative Tales. It’s being reviewed by a circle of ‘beta readers’ who are busy feeding back comments and crits.

It’s a series of individual speculative ‘microstories’ that in one way or another reflect on the human condition, and how it might evolve in various futures. in them you’ll find love (of various shades), relationships, interactions with very different cultures, cyber-enhanced humans and other animals, deception, happiness, jealousy, ambition, post-scarcity economics, literature, environmentalism, Christmas dinner, soul-searching, bacteria, near future challenges and speculative far-futures.

Due out in early summer this year, all things being well.

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Welcome to my ‘micro-site’

The last year has been heavy on the Big Writing.

Two chunky books completed, edited and published – or almost published:

  • Smart Flexibility, a management book published by Gower.
  • And Shades of Green – a novel more than 10 years in the making.  I’ve gone down the indie route for this, as life is too short and I’m not getting any younger.

At the end of last year, though, I discovered ‘flash fiction’ through some LinkedIn writing groups. Microstories, or 3-minute stories (based on the time it takes to read, not write). And this has provided the perfect balance to the big, sweeping writing that has dominated the last couple of years.

And I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to develop their writing skills and have some fun in the process. With word limits of 650 or 750 words around prescribed themes, it really tests both creativity and editing skills.

I’ve included my stories so far under the Microstories tab above. Do have a look and leave a comment about what you think.

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