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Wasp by Eric Frank Russell

Title: Wasp Author: Eric Frank Russell Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 190 James Mowry has signed up as a spy, and agreed to be transported deep into enemy territory onto a Sirian world. His recruiter says he is to be wasp, and relates the story of four tough men in a […]

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Jump into the Escape Pod for great Audio SF

There are so many great places to read and listen to short stories online, especially science fiction but most of these are not well known. I’ve decided to periodically take a look at one, to shine a light on some hidden gems. In my forays into the world of SF […]

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Reading Arthur C Clarke short stories

As part of my recent enthusiasm for short stories, I’ve started on some classic science fiction stories. I mentioned Clifford D Simak last week, and I’m going to be reading more of his books soon, but I decided to take a fresh look at a rather more well known name […]

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Continuing on from my last post, I’ve got more great short story recommendations, most of which you can read and/or listen to online.  I’ve been reading mostly science fiction short stories, but have picked one or two non sci-fi stories that I’ve enjoyed recently too. ‘Light of Other Days‘ by […]

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Reading short stories

I’ve never been a big reader of short stories, always preferring novels, and I don’t think that is going to change anytime soon, but I’ve recently started reading some short stories and I have been surprised how much I’ve enjoyed some of the stories I’ve read. There’s also quite a […]

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Save our Libraries

Update: This was an article I originally wrote in 2016. Since then, most of the libraries mentioned were closed, but in a government u-turn, most of them are due to be re-opened, some as community libraries run by local people. Great news! I went down to the library earlier in […]

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Peter F Hamilton – Author Guide

About the Author Peter F Hamilton is a British author, born in 1960 in Rutland, England’s smallest county. He began writing in 1987, getting several short stories published before his first novel, Mindstar Rising, came out in 1993. Since then he has published many novels, all in the science fiction […]

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Top 10 Books from 1980

1980 Books

There are lots of challenges that you can take part in on the Goodreads groups I’m a member of, but one that particularly interested me recently was ‘books from the year you were born. I was born in 1980 so I thought I’d look and see what books were published […]

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Michael Connelly – Author Guide

ABOUT MICHAEL CONNELLY Michael Connelly is a US crime writer, most well known for being the creator of the Harry Bosch crime novels. Connelly started out as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, during which he wrote his first published novel, The Black Echo featuring Harry Bosch. While at the […]

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Introduction to Goodreads

If you like books and reading but haven’t heard of Goodreads.com then you are in for a treat. It is the best website on the internet for books, period, and it is completely free. That’s not to say there aren’t other good books sites out there, but Goodreads is so big and […]

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This is site includes writing on various topics. Check out the books section for book related articles, author guides and book reviews. The Retro Files is a fun look at Games, Music, Films, TV & Books from yesteryear. I’m starting in 1970 and working my way forward year by year. The Fascinating World section collects together various writings about different countries and places across the world. Then there’s the Misc section, which has everything else!