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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

Finishing Discworld

Created May 21, 2017. Last modified May 21, 2017. 0 comments. Top.

I’ve been a big fan of Terry Pratchett’s work for more years than I care to remember. I still remember coming across The Colour of Magic when I was at high school. It was a revelation – screwball comedy in fantasy done in a way I’d never encountered before. I laughed harder than I felt that a nerd with a taste for the fantastica had any right to. At that point only a few of Pratchett’s Discworld novels had come out, but I was hooked.

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New story “Narration Blues” published on AntipodeanSF

Created May 2, 2017. Last modified May 2, 2017. 0 comments. Top.

One of my flash fiction pieces, titled “Narration Blues”, is in the latest addition of AntipodeanSF, an Australian publication.

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Aurealis Award results 2016

Created April 20, 2017. Last modified April 20, 2017. 0 comments. Top.

Congratulations to everyone who won an Aurealis Award this year. The Aurealis Awards are Australia’s premier judged awards, covering most areas of speculative fiction. The results are reproduced below, and the judges report makes interesting reading for those interested in the Australian scene.

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Dimension6 issue 10

Created April 17, 2017. Last modified April 17, 2017. 0 comments. Top.

Dimension6 is a free speculative fiction magazine, produced by Coeur de Lion Publishing.

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2017 Ditmar nominations

Created April 16, 2017. Last modified April 16, 2017. 0 comments. Top.

The Ditmars are the primary voted awards for Australian speculative fiction (as opposed to the Aurealis Awards, which is a juried award). The 2017 ballot is out, and available for voting for any eligible member of the national convention (this year held in Melbourne at Continuum 13 – the 56th National Science Fiction Convention).

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In the Service of the Public (a story)

Created April 9, 2017. Last modified April 9, 2017. 0 comments. Top.

To be honest, this story occurred to me as I sat in a prestigious program for promising public servants listening to a self important lecturer drone on about his own greatness. When I realised there was still an hour to go in the lecture I started to wish the world would end. So in some ways this story was semi-autobiographical. Sans the black hole of course.

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Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier (Blackthorn and Grim Book 3) – a review

Created April 5, 2017. Last modified April 5, 2017. 0 comments. Top.

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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

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Make Mine a Macchiato (a story)

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The Gloriously Cunning Plan (a story)

Last modified February 26, 2017. 2 comments. Top.


Shipwrecked (a story)

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Showdown (Part 5 of 5)

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Showdown (Part 4 of 5)

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Showdown (Part 3 of 5)

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Showdown (Part 2 of 5)

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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.