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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

Needed – Beta Readers!

Created March 12, 2017. Last modified March 12, 2017. 2 comments. Top.

Recently, I’ve been working on a novella titled The Reclaimers. It is a fantasy, sitting at about 26,000 words. I’ve reached the stage where I’d like to recruit a couple of beta readers.

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Striking Twice (a story)

Created February 26, 2017. Last modified February 26, 2017. 2 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. 7 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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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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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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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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Showdown (Part 5 of 5)

Created September 25, 2016. Last modified September 25, 2016. 0 comments. Top.

Previously, on Showdown

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Showdown (Part 4 of 5)

Created September 11, 2016. Last modified September 25, 2016. 0 comments. Top.

Previously, on Showdown

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Showdown (Part 3 of 5)

Created August 28, 2016. Last modified September 11, 2016. 0 comments. Top.

Previously, on Showdown

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Showdown (Part 2 of 5)

Last modified August 28, 2016. 0 comments. Top.


Showdown (Part 1 of 5)

Last modified August 17, 2016. 0 comments. Top.


Updated fiction collection – A Flash in the Pan?

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