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

Ditmar award results

Created April 6, 2015. Last modified April 6, 2015. 0 comments. Top.

The Ditmar awards were handed out last night at Swancon, the Western Australian convention that doubles as the National Convention this year. Unfortunately I couldn’t get over to Perth (Easter is a time where small children will not forgive you if you’re not at home to hand out copious amounts of chocolate), however I was watching along on Twitter.


The Lascar’s Dagger by Glenda Larke – review

Created April 5, 2015. Last modified April 18, 2015. 0 comments. Top.

This review forms part of my contribution to the Australian Women Writers 2015 Reading Challenge. All my 2015 AWWC reviews can be found here.


Burst of crowd funding

Created April 3, 2015. Last modified April 3, 2015. 2 comments. Top.

I’ve supported a few crowd funded initiatives lately. Why not list them all out on the blog as a signal boost? I thought to myself this morning, then ignored the small voice at the back of myself that said because so few people read this blog that you’re as much use signal boosting as a broken AM radio antenna.


Monthly roundup – March 2015

Created April 3, 2015. Last modified April 3, 2015. 0 comments. Top.

Welcome to my round up of March 2015. I’m going to focus on being more consistent with these monthly updates, and include a wider range of culture consumed if I’ve got something to say. I’ll also be including brief updates on my writing.


Dimension6 – Issue 4 available now

Created March 30, 2015. Last modified March 30, 2015. 0 comments. Top.

Dimension6Medium term readers would remember that this site acts as an affiliate for Dimension6, a free magazine showcasing mostly Australian speculative fiction. Editor Keith Stevenson has brought together an impressive lineup of stories over the first four issues of the magazine.


Cold Comfort & Other Tales by David McDonald – review

Created March 29, 2015. Last modified March 29, 2015. 0 comments. Top.

Cold Comfort and Other Tales


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby – review

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


The Marching Dead


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.


Authentic Empathy now available in Antipodean SF – Issue 200!

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Horizon by Keith Stevenson – review

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Australian Women Writers Challenge 2014 – wrap up

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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

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North Star Guide Me Home by Jo Spurrier – review

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The Godless by Ben Peek – review

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Galactic Chat interview – Alex Adsett

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Galactic Chat – Ion Newcombe interview

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2014 Aussie Spec Fic Snapshot

Last modified August 23, 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