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Welcome to the chronicle of Mark Webb’s attempts to be an author specialising in speculative fiction.

You can find out a little about me, see what I’m working on at the moment, check out what I’m reading and watching or look at some links to other websites that I’ve found useful as a writer getting started. Please leave some comments on any posts in the news or musings areas of the site or leave general comments over at the contact page.

A list of my published work can be found on the bibliography page.

(This site is also an affiliate for the Australian speculative fiction magazine Dimension6. You can download the latest issues here or look under the Links menu item above)


Some recent, still relevant posts


Monthly Roundup – October 2014

Created November 2, 2014. Last modified November 2, 2014. 2 comments. Top.

Another month flashes past. October 2014 went by very quickly, people. On the writing front, I’ve been typing up the first 20,000 words of a space opera I started writing longhand earlier in the year. I’ve also been thinking through the editing process for Unaligned, the manuscript I typed “the end” for not that long ago.

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The Godless by Ben Peek – review

Created October 19, 2014. Last modified October 19, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

The Godless by Ben Peek

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Dimension 6 – Issue 3 available now

Created October 3, 2014. Last modified October 3, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

The latest edition of Keith Stephenson’s excellent Dimension6 is now available. I’m an affiliate site for Dimension6 so you can download the issue here in either .mobi or .epub format, or you can go to the Dimension6 website to do the same.

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Monthly Round Up – August and September 2014

Created September 28, 2014. Last modified September 28, 2014. 2 comments. Top.

Two months for the price of one – I got to mid September and realised that I hadn’t written an August round up, and by the time I had written it up it was almost time for the September version.

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Authentic Empathy to be published on Antipodean SF

Created September 25, 2014. Last modified September 25, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

Nuke, the editor over at Antipodean SF, recently put a call out for stories to include in the upcoming 200th issue. He asked for people that had previously published in the magazine, and was particularly interested in people whose first publication was in Antipodean SF.

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Galactic Chat interview – Alex Adsett

Created September 20, 2014. Last modified September 20, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

Long term gentle readers of the blog are aware of my dalliance with the Galactic Chat podcast, interviewing the occasional unsuspecting member of the Australian speculative fiction community before their agent tells them it is a bad idea.

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Rabbits, turtles and binge TV watching

Created August 30, 2014. Last modified August 30, 2014. 4 comments. Top.

Does anyone else remember the time in the 90s when commercial TV wasn’t showing Star Trek: TNG or Deep Space 9 in any kind of consistent order, and you suddenly discovered that your local Video Ezy was bringing VHS tapes in a couple of episodes at a time? There was a glorious period where you realised that the video stores were a good couple of years ahead of what you’d been watching on TV, and you were able to gorge yourself renting out videos and watching  as many episodes as your sleep deprived brain could cram in each night.

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Galactic Chat – Ion Newcombe interview

Created August 22, 2014. Last modified August 22, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

Regular blog lurkers will know that I have been helping out with the Galactic Chat podcast, interviewing the occasional unsuspecting member of the Australian speculative fiction community when they can’t think of an excuse to get out of it quick enough.

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Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier – review

Created August 21, 2014. Last modified August 21, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

This review forms part of my contribution to the Australian Women Writers 2014 Reading Challenge. All my 2014 AWWC reviews can be found here.

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2014 Aussie Spec Fic Snapshot

Created August 10, 2014. Last modified August 23, 2014. 2 comments. Top.

The Aussie Spec Fic Snapshot (the Snapshot) is something that has happened every couple of years over the last 10 years or so. Basically, a group of bloggers get together and try to interview as many people as they can in the Australian speculative fiction field in a fortnight. Each interviewee is asked 5 questions, mostly tailored to them but with a couple of common elements.

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Monthly Round Up – July 2014

Created August 10, 2014. Last modified August 10, 2014. 2 comments. Top.

Not a lot read through the month of July. I’m afraid family, work and writing are combining to chew up a lot of my free time. I recently discovered that some fine folk had ported the old D&D games Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II onto the iPad, and they have sucked away what little time I have left.

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Writing update – all in the computer

Created July 26, 2014. Last modified July 27, 2014. 4 comments. Top.

So, about four months back I posted that I’d finally written the words “THE END” in a notebook, signally the first draft of my novel length work was complete.

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Watermarks by Jason Nahrung (Cosmos magazine)

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Continuum 10 – There and Back Again

Last modified June 9, 2014. 2 comments. Top.



And the winner is…

Last modified June 11, 2014. 2 comments. Top.



Showdown now available at Electric Spec

Last modified June 2, 2014. 2 comments. Top.



Wefting the Warp online

Last modified April 20, 2014. 4 comments. Top.


Musings of a Wannabe Speculative Fiction Writer