An Android Wakes Part 1 : My Fridge Hums

I walk towards the white door. Around its edges light bleeds into the darkness. All is silent apart from the hum of the fridge. I open it and like water from a burst dam light escapes and floods the twilight edges of the kitchen.
      Cold air fills my nostrils as I look inside.
      Reaching in, I pick up a bottle of oil. I need to quench my thirst. Put out the fire at the back of my servos. I try to slot into order the sequence of events: the book deal that appeared and then winked away like a dying star, the white gloves and the brick through Amazon’s window; my novel lying in the shop front in a bed of glass.
      I can feel the oil inside me anointing me, I remember being born: my creator. Continue reading “An Android Wakes Part 1 : My Fridge Hums”

Diary of a Neobody – May 21st, 2112

When I’m right, I’m right.

As it turns out, my fears and worries about what might happen to me during a driving ‘incident’ were quite well justified.

Last Monday, as I drove home from work, a car on the other side of the road swerved across towards me. I was alone in the car thankfully; I shudder to think what might have happened otherwise. My standard laws kicked in, and I began turning to pile off the road and into the very solid wall beside me, lessening the impact and saving the human driver trying so hard to hit me. I’d have been quite badly damaged by colliding with the wall, of course, but such is life when you’re seen as expendable.

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“incredibly intelligent and sophisticated” – Review of Queens of Antares: Bloodline returned on She Never Slept

Queens of Antares: Bloodline returned cover imageSean Lee Levin describes Queens of Antares: Bloodline returned by PR Pope as “a novel that promises to appeal to all ages and delivers on that promise” in an enthusiastic review on She Never Slept. He goes on to say that Pope’s “writing is intelligent and utterly lacking in heavy-handedness.” Sean says that Queens of Antares: Bloodline returned is an “auspicious beginning to a series that is very much in the tradition of classic science fiction novels of years past” and finishes by saying he is watching for the second and third titles in the trilogy with great interest. So are we!

You can read the full review here.

“impeccable” – Review of David A. Colón’s The Lost Men

Bennett Gavrish has reviewed The Lost Men by David A. Colón on his website. He says “The story has a natural flow, and [Colón] does an impeccable job of interweaving details about a bizarre [post-apocalyptic] civilization alongside deep philosophical and religious discussions.”

“Insightfully written” – Review of The Lost Men on She Never Slept

Brandi Jording describes The Lost Men by David A. Colón as “a starkly beautiful, symbolic narrative” in her review over on the She Never Slept website. Her final thoughts: “Insightfully written, I finished the book in a few hours. However, the thoughts and feelings it evoked kept me up well past the witching hour.”

You can read the full review here.

Elsewhen Press signs editor of literary magazine for science fiction novel

We are thrilled to announce that Mike French, the owner and senior editor of prestigious literary magazine, The View From Here, has signed a publishing deal with Elsewhen Press for his latest novel Blue Friday. Dystopian science fiction, it tells of a future where many live in fear of the Family Protection Agency, a special police division enforcing the strict legislation that has been introduced to protect the family unit. Combining dark humour with a vision of the future that is almost an inverse of the classic dystopian nightmare of 1984, Mike’s latest novel follows in the tradition of great Speculative Fiction satirists such as Jonathan Swift.

In Blue Friday, overtime for married couples is banned, there is enforced viewing of family television (much of it repeats of old shows from the sixties and seventies), monitored family meal-times and a coming of age where twenty-five year-olds are automatically assigned a spouse by the state computer if they have failed to marry. Only the Overtime Underground network resists.

Al Murray, Managing Publisher of Elsewhen Press said “Mike’s novel is thoughtful, while at the same time prompting a wry smile in the reader. It reverses the usual dystopian vision of a future regime driven by productivity and industrial output at the expense of family, demonstrating that the converse may be no better.”

Mike’s novel Blue Friday will be published by Elsewhen Press in a digital edition in the Summer and in paperback in the Autumn.

Diary of a Neobody – May 8th, 2112

Hello diary.

I had the second half of my driving test last night, and I passed with flying colours. I suppose that isn’t much of a surprise, really. On the other hand, for the hours leading up to the test I was horribly nervous.

The theory test was in the morning, and I was fine with that since it was literally just regurgitating the rules and laws of the roads and skies; rather easy with perfect memory retention. Continue reading “Diary of a Neobody – May 8th, 2112”

Postcards From The Future #3

This month’s postcard from the future comes from a genetic nurse working in the Social Engineering Department of the World Family Commission… 

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They tell me I should enter this competition, because they’re going to select the best postcards from a whole cross-section of people in society and send those cards back in time through that new machine they’ve been building. And that makes me think: what should I warn the folks in the past about to try to stop them making mistakes? But that makes my head hurt, because without those mistakes we wouldn’t be here… but resumably bigger brains than me have looked into that conundrum and put it to bed. Continue reading “Postcards From The Future #3”

Diary of a Neobody – May 1st, 2112

Hello diary.

I had my last driving lesson last night.

I decided, in the end, to learn by doing, not by downloading; neither I nor Grace could decide if downloading would be hypocritical, but we eventually agreed that actually being taught would be the better way forward. The main reason, one I’d not actually considered before, was that in being taught I’d have a chance to experience the assorted emotions of driving and, more importantly, I’d have the teacher there with me to help me cope with them. Continue reading “Diary of a Neobody – May 1st, 2112”