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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

Striking Twice (a story)

Created February 26, 2017. Last modified February 26, 2017. 0 comments. Top.

Time travel stories have always bugged me a bit. Especially the part where essentially the same people wander around changed timelines except with nothing altered except slightly different personalities. I mean come on – wait five seconds to have sex and you’ll end up with a completely different child. If someone did go back in time and start to change things you most likely would end up with completely different people populating the planet. Worrying about this really takes me out of a time travel story. Striking Twice was the result of trying to work through that frustration on the page.

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The Peppa Pig dilemma

Created February 19, 2017. Last modified February 23, 2017. 6 comments. Top.

Let me ask you two questions:

1. Are you a parent with children that were young in the last decade?

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Publication – Narration Blues

Created February 12, 2017. Last modified February 12, 2017. 0 comments. Top.

Some excellent news over the summer, when Ion ‘Nuke’ Newcombe, the editor of Antipodean SF, picked up one of my flash fiction pieces, called ‘Narration Blues’.

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Welcome to 2017

Created February 12, 2017. Last modified February 12, 2017. 0 comments. Top.

Hi all,

After a long hiatus, I’m firing up the blog again. I’ve been thinking about what kind of content might be of interest, and will be making a few changes that I’ll roll out over the next few weeks.

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Happy holidays

Created December 24, 2016. Last modified December 24, 2016. 0 comments. Top.

Hi all,

Whether you’re celebrating a significant event in the existence of your particular brand of all-powerful-sky-dwelling-wish-granter or worshiping at the slightly more secular prawns-and-presents-with-family-and-friends alter, or even participating in the insidious scheme codenamed “Get Them Hooked On Presents and a Jolly Bowl Full Of Jelly Facade Before Taking Over The World” (I’m looking at you Elf 9683), I hope you all have a relaxing and safe holiday break.

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – November 2016

Created December 4, 2016. Last modified December 4, 2016. 0 comments. Top.

Hope everyone has had a great November, and you’re not freaking out about how close Christmas is all of a sudden.

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Make Mine a Macchiato (a story)

Created November 27, 2016. Last modified February 26, 2017. 0 comments. Top.

I wanted to try something a little away from science fiction as well as something a little silly. ‘Make Mine a Macchiato’ was the result. It was also the first time I showed a story in progress to a non-writer friend. While I didn’t agree with all the feedback, I did gain an appreciation for the benefit of better understanding what your potential audience might like. In this instance, my friend wasn’t a big fan of the ambiguity at the end of the story. I liked it so in the end I kept it, but it was a good reminder that you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – October 2016

Created November 20, 2016. Last modified November 20, 2016. 0 comments. Top.

I’m a bit late with my October roundup – many apologies.

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In which I am offline for a couple of weeks

Created November 1, 2016. Last modified November 1, 2016. 0 comments. Top.

Hi all.

A very boring post this time around, just to say that I’ll be offline for a couple of weeks. Small family holiday (huzzah!) will mean that I’m not accessing computers enough to compose sensible length blog posts.

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The Gloriously Cunning Plan (a story)

Created October 23, 2016. Last modified February 26, 2017. 2 comments. Top.

In my day job I deal with bureaucracy a lot. “The Gloriously Cunning Plan” stemmed from this concern – what would happen if one of those last minute heroic plans I always see on TV came face to face with the kind of red tape I see in real government work?

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In which birthdays and small press are discussed

Created October 16, 2016. Last modified October 16, 2016. 0 comments. Top.

It’s not really speculative fiction related, but the NSW Writers Centre turned 25 recently and had their birthday party today. I don’t go along to as many Writer Centre events as I should – I’m hoping when the kids are a bit older there might be more opportunities. But I have been to some excellent functions there over the years, and I’m a fully paid up member, so it would seem churlish not to spruik their birthday and encourage any NSW readers to join up!

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Shipwrecked (a story)

Created October 9, 2016. Last modified February 26, 2017. 0 comments. Top.

This was the first story I had published in Antipodean SF, in issue 163 (January 2012). I originally wrote Shipwrecked for an 800 word writing competition in mid 2011, but didn’t finish it by the deadline. When I first decided to submit to Antipodean SF, I polished and cut it back to 500 words then sent it in. I still remember the excitement of getting the acceptance from Nuke and the interesting experience of working through editorial notes on my work.

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – September 2016

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Showdown (Part 5 of 5)

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In which roundups, pleasing publication news and awards are contemplated

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Showdown (Part 4 of 5)

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – August 2016

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Showdown (Part 3 of 5)

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In which a random sampling of topics is covered

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Showdown (Part 2 of 5)

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – July 2016

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Showdown (Part 1 of 5)

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Vigil by Angela Slatter – a review

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Continued general ramblings

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – June 2016

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Dimension6 – Issue 8 out now

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General ramblings – Part 4

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General ramblings – Part 3

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – May 2016

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Updated fiction collection – A Flash in the Pan?

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General ramblings – Part 2

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General ramblings – Part 1

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – April 2016

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Sheep Might Fly (a fiction podcast) by Tansy Rayner Roberts – a review

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Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts – a second review

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Writing update – April 2016

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – March 2016

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How to Market Your Book Online by Nicola Hardy – a promotion

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Antipodean SF

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Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody – a review

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – February 2016

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Australian SF Awards Part 2 – The Ditmar Awards

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Australian SF Awards Part 1 – The Aurealis Awards

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Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti – a review

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – January 2016

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Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier – a review

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Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier – a review

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Australian Women Writers’ Reading Challenge – 2016

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Monthly Roundup – August through December 2015

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GenreCon 2015

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Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres – a review

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The Dagger’s Path by Glenda Larke – a review

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Jason Nahrung’s Aussie Vampire Duology

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Clariel by Garth Nix – a review

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Bound by Alan Baxter – a review

Last modified May 17, 2015. 4 comments. Top.


Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan – review

Last modified May 6, 2015. 1 comment. Top.


The Lascar’s Dagger by Glenda Larke – review

Last modified April 18, 2015. 1 comment. Top.


Cold Comfort & Other Tales by David McDonald – review

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The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby – review

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Horizon by Keith Stevenson – review

Last modified January 26, 2015. 1 comment. Top.


The Female Factory by Lisa L Hannett and Angela Slatter – review

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Kaleidoscope edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios – review

Last modified January 11, 2015. 3 comments. Top.


Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts – review

Last modified January 11, 2015. 4 comments. Top.


Secret Lives by Rosaleen Love – review

Last modified January 10, 2015. 2 comments. Top.


North Star Guide Me Home by Jo Spurrier – review

Last modified January 11, 2015. 1 comment. Top.


The Godless by Ben Peek – review

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