‘Eighty-niner’

XPRIZE’s Seat 14C is a digital anthology whose stories follow characters on board a flight from Tokyo to San Francisco. The concept: not far from the West Coast, the plane passes through a time-wrinkle and jumps 20 years into the future, touching down in a near-utopian 2037.

Writers involved include Paolo Bacigalupi, Madeline Ashby and Karl Schroeder – but there’s also an opportunity for someone out there to bag a $10,000 prize package by filling Seat 14C with their own take on the world 20 years from now. 

My contribution is ‘Eighty-niner’, about a passenger called Molly, a vintage Camaro, and a strange island forest. Its beautiful story art was created by Ashley Mackenzie.

Eighty-niner artwork by Ashley Mackenzie

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#robotchristmas

It sees you when you’re sleeping. It knows when you’re awake. It knows if you’ve been good or bad. And it may exterminate…

Angry Robot has sorted out a lovely campaign in time for Christmas over on the Barnes and Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog. It’s called the 12 Days of Robot Christmas, and so far it’s like an advent calendar, just a lot more violent.

Every day in the run-up to Christmas there’s a new piece of original short fiction (1,500 words) going up on the B&N blog.

My story “The New Tradition” – a weird little time-travel mystery – went up last Friday. (It was called “Amazon Yesterday” until I remembered that Barnes and Noble might not appreciate plugging a rival.)

There’s still a pile of stories left to unwrap, so check them out. And if you have a Nook, you can even pick up a novel by one of the twelve authors for a tidy $2.99.