Another 5 Star, Well, 5 Shrimp, Review!

It's always great to receive a positive review. This one is quite short, but says the things an author loves to hear. You can find the original here. # Ten Tales for Tomorrow Stuart Aken Rating: 5 Shrimps! Stuart Aken’s short story compendium Ten Tales for Tomorrow explores several possible futures.  Speculative fiction often has …

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Futurology or Science Fiction?

Is my fiction futurolgy or science fiction? Judge for yourself with a click here.

Progress, or a Pause?

A break from the relentless imperative of the internet is calling. It refreshes the spirit and reclaims sanity. I’ve produced posts to fill the gaps while I’m away: scheduling is such a useful device! So, before I go I’m indulging in some unapologetic promotion of my books. The best people to comment on books are …

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Entangled Earth, by David Lea: #BookReview.

183 pps Science Fiction/Post Apocalyptic Many readers make it a point of pride to express their dislike of science fiction. These same people probably proudly state their love of historical, romantic, thriller, literary, sensual, spy, legal, or indeed any other type of fiction. So, why the dislike of a genre that offers so much? I …

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Launching the Latest #Book

Return to Dust stood proudly racked with the other books my publisher, Fantastic Books Publishing was launching at Fantasticon 2018. I entered the big arena, the sports hall at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre, on Saturday morning before the public were given access. The whole place was an exciting hive of activity. But I get ahead of …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

It’s done! It’s out! It’s available to buy (and review)! Right now! Okay, so an overindulgence in apostrophes. I’m excited. Delighted. Eager. The book is no longer a Work In Progress, so this is the last post in this series. There’ll be more on the book, of course: I’d like everyone to read it, after …

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What is the Future of Sci-Fi Books?

These days science can be stranger and even more advanced than science fiction. While it is true that many ideas and dreams from classic sci-fi have been fulfilled, or even surpassed, sci-fi has rarely been about the prediction of an exact future; it’s always been about the dreams and anxieties of the present. H.G. Well’s …

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Joys and Woes of #Windows-to-#Mac-to-Windows.

Advice here, including some warnings, on changing operating systems from Windows to Apple, or vice-versa. The following post is based on personal experience and I put it out here to help others make a better-informed decision on whether they want iMac or Windows on their desks. I’ve used both systems. Each has its deficiencies and …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

https://read.amazon.co.uk/kp/card?asin=B0749NW6W8&preview=inline&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_qMbkAbQM8TNAS&tag=stuartaken-21 Last week I reported I had 11,985 words. As a result of the notes I made, I’ve now added another 3 characters to the cast of players (I need to add another 5 for future chapters, but I already know their names and have an idea of their natures and ambitions, so I only …

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Non-Invasive Health Benefits: Hema-Ties Reviewed.

Do you suffer headaches, migraines? Feeling stressed, anxious, or just worn down by modern life? I don’t know about you, but I prefer not to take medication for such situations. I seek something less invasive to put me back in a relaxed and creative state. For the past few weeks, I’ve been wearing a device …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

Ah, progress! What a fine thing that would be, were it possible. But, fear not, it will eventually be reality. At present, I’m suffering a strange eye defect that makes reading/writing and staring at a screen for any length of time something of a problem. It’s under investigation and will doubtlessly be resolved shortly. Until …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

I’m currently no more than a robot on here. This scheduled post was created before I started my annual break from all digital connection: the only way to stay sane in a world driven by constant calls on our attention. So, no change to the files for the work in progress, only within my imagination, …

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Emanation: Shadeward Saga #1, by Drew Wagar: #BookReview.

    Genre can be the bane of the author’s life: most publishers insist on slotting fiction into predefined pigeonholes. But some books defy this process, either merging genres or crossing boundaries. Emanation is such a book. It is, essentially a science fiction book, but reads, certainly in the beginning, like a fantasy novel. It’s …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

    War Over Dust launched at Fantasticon 2017 in Hull, England, over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd September. Fortunately, I was there to sign the paperback copies and answer readers’ questions about the book and progress on the follow-up. More on that in a later post.     Fantasticon, an annual event that’s …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

The time has come. The time is now! Here’s the cover for ‘War Over Dust’, the second in the Generation Mars series. Gabi Grubb’s cover graced book one, and she’s done it again with some fine work for this volume. I love it! To be ready for the launch on 2nd September, make sure you’ve …

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