It’s Anzac day today – the day New Zealand and Australia remember the dead of all their wars. In a way it’s timing is odd. Many nations, certainly Britain and around her former Empire, mark the moment on 11 November, the day in 1918 when the guns finally fell silent on the First World War.… More It’s a century since the first Anzac Day services
My book Battle for Crete: New Zealand’s Near-Run Affair, a brief history of New Zealand’s close-run defeat on Crete in 1941, is free 9 April 2016 only (US time, 10 April NZ time) on Kindle – and sitting at No.1 in its category as I write this. You can get it instantly, on Kindle. … More ‘Battle for Crete’ – free 9 April 2016
Fantastic Pasts – Sci-Fi adventures in alternate New Zealand history is out now! It’s my stupidest book – a wild sci-fi comedy romp through an alternate Kiwi history that never happened. Thrill to the French as they turn New Zealand’s rare Pliestocene fauna into pate! Laugh as Sir Francis Drake accidentally obeys orders and ends… More “Fantastic Pasts” – out today! Buy now before the llamas get to it.
Fantastic Pasts – Sci-Fi adventures in alternate New Zealand history is being released by Intruder Books on 2 April. It’s available now for pre-order in the Kindle store. Fantastic pasts! A wild sci-fi comedy romp through an alternate Kiwi history that never happened. Thrill to the French gastronomic crusade through New Zealand’s Pleistocene fauna. Laugh… More “Fantastic Pasts” now available for Kindle pre-order
Ten years ago I wrote a sci-fi ‘alternate Kiwi history’ collection for Penguin – a what-if satire, filled with wild science, llamas, rogue Spanish explorers and the chilling scenario of a Japanese invasion of New Zealand via the ‘back passage’. Not to be taken seriously, unless you want a laugh. It’s been out of print… More It’s coming! You can’t avoid it!
It is a century today – 1 March 1916 – since the New Zealand Division was formally established in Egypt – the force that became New Zealand’s major contribution to the Western Front and which suffered the bulk of New Zealand’s First World War casualties. First steps towards it came in late January 1916 when… More Hurrah for the New Zealand Division!
US author Chuck Wendig pointed out the other day that virtually all the ‘writing advice’ these days is about getting started. There’s nothing much offered for what he calls ‘mid career’ writers, in particular about what direction they want their career to take. I have to agree with that. Although I don’t like the term,… More Musings on the directions of mid-career writers