XPRIZE’s Seat 14C is a digital anthology whose stories follow characters on board a flight from Tokyo to San Francisco. The concept: not far from the West Coast, the plane passes through a time-wrinkle and jumps 20 years into the future, touching down in a near-utopian 2037.

Writers involved include Paolo Bacigalupi, Madeline Ashby and Karl Schroeder – but there’s also an opportunity for someone out there to bag a $10,000 prize package by filling Seat 14C with their own take on the world 20 years from now. 

My contribution is ‘Eighty-niner’, about a passenger called Molly, a vintage Camaro, and a strange island forest. Its beautiful story art was created by Ashley Mackenzie.

Eighty-niner artwork by Ashley Mackenzie


It sees you when you’re sleeping. It knows when you’re awake. It knows if you’ve been good or bad. And it may exterminate…

Angry Robot has sorted out a lovely campaign in time for Christmas over on the Barnes and Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog. It’s called the 12 Days of Robot Christmas, and so far it’s like an advent calendar, just a lot more violent.

Every day in the run-up to Christmas there’s a new piece of original short fiction (1,500 words) going up on the B&N blog.

My story “The New Tradition” – a weird little time-travel mystery – went up last Friday. (It was called “Amazon Yesterday” until I remembered that Barnes and Noble might not appreciate plugging a rival.)

There’s still a pile of stories left to unwrap, so check them out. And if you have a Nook, you can even pick up a novel by one of the twelve authors for a tidy $2.99.