David Stevens

Posts Tagged ‘sf’

Big grins

In Uncategorized on March 20, 2016 at 1:21 am

I woke up on Wednesday morning to find three rejection emails waiting in my in box. Grumble grumble, oh well, do the editors all get together to co-ordinate this, grumble …

Later that day, an acceptance from a magazine that had earlier asked me for some rewrites. Mood completely changed. And now, I’ve just had my third acceptance in four days. That’s never happened to me before, and I am a little bit chuffed. That is a total of seven now to appear over the next 12 months or so. This includes my appearance in the forthcoming anthology, ‘At the Edge‘. More detail to follow, but in the meantime, feel free to check out my bibliography, where you can find links to read some of my published stories for free. (And don’t forget the anthology ‘Love Hurts‘, available now.)


At the Edge

In Uncategorized on September 14, 2015 at 12:46 pm

I am very happy to have a short story of mine included in the upcoming anthology, “At the Edge“, from Paper Road Press.

Free Aurealis subscriptions

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Aurealis are offering free 6 month subscriptions, which is rather a bargain.

New editions

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2014 at 4:12 am

The latest editions of Aurealis and Three-Lobed Burning Eye are available now, always worth a look…

… recommended for your speculative reading pleasure …

Review of “My Life as a Lizard”

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2014 at 7:34 pm

There is a generous review of “My Life as a Lizard“, at Apex. Reading the review, I had a moment of “yeah, that’s what I meant,” and I am very grateful that someone read the story and took the time to be so thoughtful and articulate about it. Made my day.

“Avoiding Gagarin” published

In publications on March 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Thank you to the kind folk at Aurealis magazine who have included my story, “Avoiding Gagarin”, in their latest edition. And they have included a cool art work as well.
This has been a fun time for me. I had three stories accepted for publication in three different magazines at quite different times, however they were all published within a month of each other, giving an appearance of prolific production which does not match reality. I have continued to submit stories, and a piece of flash fiction has been accepted for another Australian publication, however no longer works have been accepted, and there may now be a bit of a drought. That’s fine, I am very happy to have been published in these three fine magazines.

The new Regime

In Uncategorized on February 12, 2014 at 9:40 am

Launching tonight


How pretty!


Isn’t it pretty?

Regime 03 includes my short story, “Good Boy”.

If you are interested, you can buy a copy here, posted any where in the world. Mmmmm, print ….

SF subscriptions … Crossed Genres …

In Uncategorized on December 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

A shout out here from Crossed Genres magazine, requiring 600 subscriptions before the end of the year so that it doesn’t close its doors forever. A year’s subscription for $15. There are few enough professional markets for speculative fiction, so check it out and see if it interests you, before the chance is lost forever …
…and while on the topic, think about subscribing to Aurealis


In Uncategorized on December 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

Aurealis has been promoting Australian speculative fiction and supporting Australian writers since 1990. Their latest endeavour is to seek to become a Science Fiction Writers of America qualifying market, one of the prerequisites for which is to pay writers 5 cents a word (soon to be 6 cents) for stories published in their magazine. In order to do this, they require 1000 subscribers. They made the half way mark in 2013, and they are aiming to make it all the way in 2014.
A subscription is $20 Australian per year, which is less than $20 USD, which comes to two bucks an issue, received electronically. If you are interested in science fiction, fantasy, horror, or Australian writing, you might like to have a look here and consider subscribing for yourself, or as a reasonably priced Christmas present for a SF reader in your life. (I’ve put my money where my mouth is, I have subscribed again.)

One of many reasons I love Tim Powers

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2013 at 3:37 am

The real reason to write fiction, after all, isn’t to make money, nor to show the human heart in conflict with itself, nor to give a picture of one’s time, nor to call attention to the plight of any oppressed classes, but to show off. You want to be able to say to visitors, “Sit down, let me clear that stuff off the couch, it’s copies of my new novel.” And to show off effectively, I want each book to be as close as I can get it to what I want it to be. It’s like making six-foot-tall replicas of Gothic cathedrals out of toothpicks in your basement—you might as well get all the saints’ faces right.

( Read the full interview here.)

I love Tim Powers. I first came across a description of “The Anubis Gates” in Aldiss’s “Trillion Year Spree”, and thought the extract and the conceit were fantastic. Then to discover he was a friend of Philip K Dick’s. And then to come across “The Drawing of the Dark”, a title with many levels but an important one is simply pouring a glass of stout. I own a lot of books, but I’m not a collector, however by dint of eagerness in my purchasing I had two first editions of his, both loaned out never to be returned. I have recently read “Hide Me Among the Graves”, which I have to re-read to digest properly, but first I’ll re-read “The Stress of Her Regard”, a hard cover purchased when I had little money for such things, but otherwise I would have had to have waited another year to read it, and it wasn’t the sort of thing my local library was ever going to get in (it wasn’t a large print romance or Sven Hassell war porn, after all). If you disagree with this quote, remember that even Orwell (an early hero of mine, thanks to my mate Stephen) included in his “Why I Write”,

Sheer egoism. Desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on the grown-ups who snubbed you in childhood, etc., etc. It is humbug to pretend this is not a motive, and a strong one.

I prefer the way Powers said it, though. “…copies of my new novel…” *sigh*