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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


Some things I liked in 2014 that didn’t make the Ditmar ballot

Created March 10, 2015. Last modified March 11, 2015. 0 comments. Top.

I recently posted that the Ditmar ballot had been released, and focused in on some of the items that I really liked that were on the list. I’ve been subsequently dwelling on a few things that I would have liked to see represented in the shortlist. This takes nothing away from the nominees – they are all fine human beings and worthy selections to a woman/man. But if there had been an extra voting slot available in a few categories, there are a few endeavours I would have liked to see represented.

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2014 Aurealis Awards – shortlist

Created March 8, 2015. Last modified March 8, 2015. 0 comments. Top.

I’m a bit late to the party, but the Aurealis Award shortlist for 2014 was recently announced. The announcement article can be found here, but for your convenience the shortlist is replicated below.

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Australian Women Writers Reading Challenge – 2015

Created March 8, 2015. Last modified March 8, 2015. 0 comments. Top.

aww-badge-2015And here I go once again, diving into the wonderful world of the Australian Women Writers challenge for 2015. 2014 was a bit of a dip for me, unlike previous years I was reading and reviewing right up until the end of the year (and maybe an insy-winsy bit into 2015). But this year I have a good feeling. With that in mind, I’m still going to attempt the Franklin challenge with a small twist – read 10 books and try to review all 10. I should stray outside the speculative fiction realm – it would probably be good for me. But I suspect that I won’t.

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Monthly Roundup – January & February 2015

Created March 8, 2015. Last modified March 8, 2015. 0 comments. Top.

Welcome to the first monthly roundup post for 2015. Can you believe it is March already? The pace of year scares the bejeesus out of me, I don’t mind telling you.

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The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby – review

Created February 16, 2015. Last modified February 16, 2015. 0 comments. Top.

 

The Marching Dead

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Zeroes – news

Created February 15, 2015. Last modified February 15, 2015. 0 comments. Top.

I usually leave news items to people that are better at it than me, like Sean Wright and Alex Pierce for instance. But one piece of recent Australian speculative fiction news has got me very excited, and I just had to share.

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Ditmars preliminary ballot – Galactic Chat!

Created February 14, 2015. Last modified February 14, 2015. 0 comments. Top.

The preliminary ballot for the Ditmars (Australian SF awards – a voted award not jury picked) has come out and I’m very pleased to say that Galactic Chat has been nominated for the Best Fan Publication in Any Medium category.

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Authentic Empathy now available in Antipodean SF – Issue 200!

Created February 1, 2015. Last modified February 1, 2015. 2 comments. Top.

I have a new story published and online today! Authentic Empathy is the 10th story I’ve had published at the long term online magazine AntipodeanSF, and to make it even better, it is in the bumper issue 200.

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Horizon by Keith Stevenson – review

Created January 26, 2015. Last modified January 26, 2015. 0 comments. Top.

 

Horizon

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Australian Women Writers Challenge 2014 – wrap up

Created January 15, 2015. Last modified January 15, 2015. 0 comments. Top.

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

Created January 15, 2015. Last modified January 15, 2015. 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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Kaleidoscope edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios – review

Created January 11, 2015. Last modified January 11, 2015. 3 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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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

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Black Sun Light My Way by Jo Spurrier – review

Last modified January 4, 2015. 2 comments. Top.



Monthly roundup – November and December 2014

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Monthly Roundup – October 2014

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The Godless by Ben Peek – review

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Dimension 6 – Issue 3 available now

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



Monthly Round Up – August and September 2014

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



Authentic Empathy to be published on Antipodean SF

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



Galactic Chat interview – Alex Adsett

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



Rabbits, turtles and binge TV watching

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



Galactic Chat – Ion Newcombe interview

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Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier – review

Last modified August 21, 2014. 1 comment. Top.



2014 Aussie Spec Fic Snapshot

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



Monthly Round Up – July 2014

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



Writing update – all in the computer

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



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