My fiction…in Arabic?

Yes, the inevitable has happened. One of my short stories is now available in Arabic.

I just found this out last night when trawling through some data. It seems my story “System Reboot” first published in English in Nature has been published in the Middle-Eastern edition of Nature and given a translation into Arabic.

Which is pretty cool. That’s one more box I can tick on my achievement list I suppose.

Of course despite actually being an Arab I can’t actually read a single word, or speak it for that matter. So I’m going to live with bringing shame to my ancestors and be content that some oil sheik with a taste for science fiction is reading my work right now. Seems fine to be.

Oh, you can find the story here. Good luck reading it.

30 Days Around Europe (and Asia!)

I’ve been home for about three weeks now. I have not posted this yet partially because I’m lazy and partially because I’ve been super super busy. But it’s time to post and I shall.

So me and my dad basically shuttled around Europe for an entire month, also stopping in Dubai and Malaysia for a few days. Our trip went like this:

Germany > Czech Republic > Poland > Austria > Italy > United Kingdom > Dubai > Singapore > Malaysia > Australia.

There was a bit of going back and forth while we were in Europe, since all the countries are so close. It says something when you can drive to Italy for pizza and cruise over to Germany for a dive in the swimming pool/spas. I really do miss it – it was winter when we went and anyone who knows me well knows how much I despise the heat. Give me blizzards, snowstorms and the biting wind anyday. No rush, no work, no deadlines. Now that I’m back here I’m getting right into the thick of all those things. Adulting sucks.

Anywho, here are the best photos from the trip.


Innsbruck, Austria.




Brenner, Italy:



Prague, Czech Republic:





Wroclaw and Krakov, Poland.






And yes, I did need to put that beer there.

While I was in the UK I also visited the offices of Nature, who has published two of my short stories. It was great and I felt like a Real Writer Now™. Here are the pictures, amoung others.







And then there’s Malaysia:





And of course, the best to last…






Bruce Sterling and Christopher Priest on StarShipSofa!

So it’s been a busy two weeks on StarShipSofa. Last week we played a story by one of the godfathers of cyberpunk, Bruce Sterling. He’s known in and outside of the genre slash sci-fi circles, and it was an absolute pleasure to have him.

Narrating his story is film actor Paul Cram. Paul mostly does indie films, but he’s had speaking roles with actors such as Cilian Murphy (The Dark Knight, 28 Days Later) Woody Harrelson (True Detective) Judy Greer (Jurassic Park) and others. We’re VERY proud to have him join StarShipSofa and narrate this story. Make sure you check out his IMDB profile here. And make sure you look out for some of his films, too.

You can find Bruce Sterling’s episode here.

And we’ve also had the mighty privilege of playing a story by Christopher Priest. He wasn’t that popular in the US. At least not until one of his novels was turned into a the film The Prestige by director Christopher Nolan of The Dark Knight, Inception and Interstellar variety. You’ve almost certainly seen it:



David Bowie acted in this film as well, so we’re very proud to be associated with the project. Priest himself is a masterclass, as the story demonstrates. His best work is The Inverted World, which you have to read. I won’t say much more than that.

I’ve been very proud to have worked on these two episodes and the fine gentlemen who exhibit actual skill in narrating, acting and writing. Make sure to grab the Christopher Priest episode here if you can.

…and that’s all for now.

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