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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


Updated fiction collection – A Flash in the Pan?

Created May 29, 2016. Last modified May 29, 2016. 0 comments. Top.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been maintaining a collection of my flash fiction called A Flash in the Pan?. Generally this collection has been my flash fiction pieces that have been published in Antipodean SF. It is a self published book, primarily to keep all my short fiction in the one spot.

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General ramblings – Part 2

Created May 22, 2016. Last modified May 29, 2016. 0 comments. Top.

I know, I know. I’m going to have to come up with a better line of blog posts than this. You’re all busy people, and you can’t afford to have your time wasted by some stream of consciousness malarky by a blog writer obviously running out of things to say. I mean, come on. This first paragraph alone has taken seconds off your life. And seconds can be the difference between success and failure, life and death, pancakes and burnt, inedible frisbees.

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General ramblings – Part 1

Created May 15, 2016. Last modified May 29, 2016. 0 comments. Top.

I find myself a little devoid of topics to wax lyrical about this week. My reading is at a low ebb, as the time pressures of a new job and other activities take my focus away from more word-based pursuits. I am without sensible comment to make about any other pieces of popular culture that I have consumed. No topic raging across the internet is grabbing my attention.

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – April 2016

Created May 8, 2016. Last modified May 8, 2016. 0 comments. Top.

So, what did April have in store for me?

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

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

Australian Women Writers' Challenge 2016This review forms part of my contribution to the Australian Women Writers 2016 Reading Challenge. All my 2016 AWWC reviews can be found here.

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Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts – a second review

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

Australian Women Writers' Challenge 2016This review forms part of my contribution to the Australian Women Writers 2016 Reading Challenge. All my 2016 AWWC reviews can be found here.

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Writing update – April 2016

Created April 17, 2016. Last modified April 17, 2016. 0 comments. Top.

So, it’s been a little while since I put together a post on my own writing progress. What have I been doing over the last little while? Why no short stories ? Have the critics finally got to me? Has writers block descended with savage fury? Has the urge to write been purged from my soul with almost biblical ferocity?

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – March 2016

Created April 12, 2016. Last modified April 12, 2016. 0 comments. Top.

So, what did March have in store for me?

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

Created April 3, 2016. Last modified April 3, 2016. 1 comment. Top.

Now, disclaimers out of the way first up. I’ve known Nicola Hardy (the author of How to Market Your Book Online) for many years, and she is one of my longest standing and closest friends. As such, I’m not going to be able to give an unbiased discussion of her book. Hence the “a promotion” tagline, instead of my normal “a review”.

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Antipodean SF

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

It’s been a while since I mentioned my friend Ion “Nuke” Newcombe, and the excellent publication he edits and produces, Antipodean SF. Antipodean SF has been running online since February 1998, meaning its 18th birthday has just come and gone. And given the publication is now old enough to drink, I thought it was well worth celebrating with a little shout out.

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Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody – a review

Created March 13, 2016. Last modified April 24, 2016. 0 comments. Top.

Australian Women Writers' Challenge 2016This review forms part of my contribution to the Australian Women Writers 2016 Reading Challenge. All my 2016 AWWC reviews can be found here.

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Monthly roundup culture consumed – February 2016

Created March 6, 2016. Last modified March 6, 2016. 0 comments. Top.

So, what did I do with February?

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Australian SF Awards Part 2 – The Ditmar Awards

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Australian SF Awards Part 1 – The Aurealis Awards

Last modified February 22, 2016. 0 comments. Top.



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

Last modified March 20, 2016. 1 comment. Top.



Monthly roundup culture consumed – January 2016

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Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier – a review

Last modified February 6, 2016. 3 comments. Top.



Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier – a review

Last modified February 6, 2016. 2 comments. Top.



Australian Women Writers’ Reading Challenge – 2016

Last modified January 24, 2016. 0 comments. Top.



Monthly Roundup – August through December 2015

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GenreCon 2015

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Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres – a review

Last modified August 29, 2015. 1 comment. Top.



The Dagger’s Path by Glenda Larke – a review

Last modified June 13, 2015. 0 comments. Top.



Jason Nahrung’s Aussie Vampire Duology

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Clariel by Garth Nix – a review

Last modified May 23, 2015. 0 comments. Top.



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

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



Horizon by Keith Stevenson – review

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



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

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



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

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


Musings of a Wannabe Speculative Fiction Writer