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

Rabbits, turtles and binge TV watching

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

Does anyone else remember the time in the 90s when commercial TV wasn’t showing Star Trek: TNG or Deep Space 9 in any kind of consistent order, and you suddenly discovered that your local Video Ezy was bringing VHS tapes in a couple of episodes at a time? There was a glorious period where you realised that the video stores were a good couple of years ahead of what you’d been watching on TV, and you were able to gorge yourself renting out videos and watching  as many episodes as your sleep deprived brain could cram in each night.


Galactic Chat – Ion Newcombe interview

Created August 22, 2014. Last modified August 22, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

Regular blog lurkers will know that I have been helping out with the Galactic Chat podcast, interviewing the occasional unsuspecting member of the Australian speculative fiction community when they can’t think of an excuse to get out of it quick enough.


Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier – review

Created August 21, 2014. Last modified August 21, 2014. 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.


2014 Aussie Spec Fic Snapshot

Created August 10, 2014. Last modified August 23, 2014. 2 comments. Top.

The Aussie Spec Fic Snapshot (the Snapshot) is something that has happened every couple of years over the last 10 years or so. Basically, a group of bloggers get together and try to interview as many people as they can in the Australian speculative fiction field in a fortnight. Each interviewee is asked 5 questions, mostly tailored to them but with a couple of common elements.


Monthly Round Up – July 2014

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

Not a lot read through the month of July. I’m afraid family, work and writing are combining to chew up a lot of my free time. I recently discovered that some fine folk had ported the old D&D games Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II onto the iPad, and they have sucked away what little time I have left.


Writing update – all in the computer

Created July 26, 2014. Last modified July 27, 2014. 4 comments. Top.

So, about four months back I posted that I’d finally written the words “THE END” in a notebook, signally the first draft of my novel length work was complete.


Watermarks by Jason Nahrung (Cosmos magazine)

Created July 6, 2014. Last modified July 6, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

I don’t normally mention individual stories that I come across, but one of my favourite authors, Jason Nahrung, has a story in the latest edition of the Cosmos magazine (June/July 2014). The story is called Watermarks.


Dimension6 – Issue 2

Created July 4, 2014. Last modified July 4, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

Dimension6 is a free speculative fiction magazine, produced by Coeur de Lion Publishing and issue 2 is out now!


Monthly round up – June 2014

Created July 1, 2014. Last modified July 1, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

I took two novella length works for my plane reading when going down to the Continuum convention in Melbourne. Horn and Bleed by Peter M. Ball were published by Twelfth Planet Press a few years back. Both have the same main protagonist, who is a burnt out ex-cop with a strong connection into the world of the fae. I enjoyed both works, I liked the hard boiled main character, the story lines were entertaining and moved along at a good pace. I think both could have stood to be a little longer, but that is probably because I was enjoying them and didn’t want them to end quite so quickly!


Continuum 10 – There and Back Again

Created June 9, 2014. Last modified June 9, 2014. 2 comments. Top.

Over the June long weekend, the 53rd annual Australian speculative fiction national convention was held. This year, the “nat-con” was hosted by Continuum 10, an annual SF convention held in Melbourne.


And the winner is…

Created June 9, 2014. Last modified June 11, 2014. 2 comments. Top.

So, as regular readers of this blog know I’ve been helping out with a podcast called Galactic Chat, in which we interview people in the speculative fiction field. Usually authors and usually Australian, although not exclusive on either front.


Writing update

Created June 3, 2014. Last modified June 3, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

It’s been a couple of months since my last writing update and given that this weekend I decided to make an adjustment to how I’m spending my writing time, so I thought it was about time to check in.


Showdown now available at Electric Spec

Last modified June 2, 2014. 2 comments. Top.

Traitor Queen by Trudi Canavan – review

Last modified June 1, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

May 2014 – mini reviews

Last modified June 1, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

Continuum 10 – Melbourne Australia

Last modified May 29, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

Patronising Musketeer Space

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

Short Story Sale – Electric Spec

Last modified May 14, 2014. 4 comments. Top.

The Rogue by Trudi Canavan – review

Last modified May 11, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

April 2014 – mini reviews

Last modified May 10, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

Galactic Chat up for a Ditmar

Last modified April 26, 2014. 2 comments. Top.

Wefting the Warp online

Last modified April 20, 2014. 4 comments. Top.

The Ambassador’s Mission by Trudi Canavan – review

Last modified April 17, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

Catch up December 2013 – March 2014 – mini reviews

Last modified April 20, 2014. 2 comments. Top.

Time management and the art of maintaining a blog

Last modified April 13, 2014. 2 comments. Top.

Getting to “The End” – novel first draft finished

Last modified March 30, 2014. 6 comments. Top.

Musings of a Wannabe Speculative Fiction Writer