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Keith Brooke: Bibliography

This thing's grown so big I've had to index it... So:

~ novels ~ collections ~ as editor ~ short stories ~ non-fiction ~
all items are listed in reverse chronological order

Note: I also scare children under another name.

Novels

  • The Unlikely World of Faraway Frankie (Newcon Press, April 2010). A short fantasy novel with its roots in my short story 'Beside the Sea'. Frankie retreats from the traumas of his life by losing himself in day-dreams. That's all very well until those dreams start to materialise around him, and his home town warps into a fantastical version of the real place.
  • The Accord (Solaris, March 2009). I always said there was a novel in this. It grew from a background shared by three stories, 'The Accord', 'Sweats' and 'The Man Who Built Heaven', each of which forms part of the novel to one degree or another. It's a thriller about the life and love of Noah Barakh, the man who built a virtual world where people can live on after death, a secular heaven. When you're immortal a vendetta can last a long time...
  • Genetopia (Pyr Books, February 2006, www.pyrsf.com). This one's been a long time coming. It dates back to my second professional sale, a story called 'Passion Play' which was published in Robert Holdstock and Christopher Evans' Other Edens III back in 1989. As soon as I wrote that story I knew I had to explore its warped future of accelerated and distorted evolution at novel-length. I spent over a decade thinking about it, and at last it's finished and with a publisher. Of course, the finished novel bears almost no resemblance whatsoever to the story that triggered it. The response to it has been fantastic, with Pyr's first ever starred review in Publishers Weekly, praise from Kit Reed, Michael Swanwick, Peter Hamilton, Jeff VanderMeer and Stephen Baxter, and a review in Locus which concluded, "Let Keith Brooke tell his tale in its cogent fullness. It is beyond any facile summary, a minor masterpiece that should usher Brooke at last into the recognized front ranks of SF writers."
  • Lord of Stone (published online, 1997; revised edition, hardback, Cosmos, May 2001; trade paperback, Cosmos, July 2001). I believe this one was actually listed in a Gollancz catalogue back in the early 1990s, but they pulled out without ever explaining their reasons. This is the best novel I've written, a post-war fantasy about the death of magic in an increasingly secular world, and I'm delighted that it's finally found a home. More information and quotes from reviews on my personal website.

  • Expatria Incorporated (hardback, Victor Gollancz, 1992; first US edition September 2001 from the Wildside Press imprint, Cosmos). The second part of the Expatria story, about the culture clash when a ship from Earth arrives to spread the gospel of the Holy Church of GenGen. I rate this as the best of my three novels published in the early 1990s. More information and quotes from reviews on my personal website.

  • Expatria (hardback, Victor Gollancz, 1991; paperback, Corgi, 1992; first US edition March 2001 from the Wildside Press imprint, Cosmos). A far future adventure romp, set in a world that has lost contact with Earth, and rejected the ways of science and technology. More information, quotes from reviews and a substantial extract on my personal website.
  • Keepers of the Peace (hardback, Victor Gollancz, 1990; paperback, Corgi, 1991; first US edition October 2002 from the Wildside Press imprint, Cosmos). My angry young man novel. A near-future anti-militaristic cyber-thriller, camouflaged so successfully as the kind of writing that provoked it that at least one critic dismissed it as a right wing military wet dream. I take that as a kind of back-handed compliment. I think. Locus liked it: Tom Whitmore said it was several years since a first novel had grabbed him the way KotP did, with writing that 'recalls the 1950s Heinlein'; Faren Miller called it a 'gripping story of challenge and skin-of-the-teeth survival'. More information and quotes from reviews on my personal website.

Collections

  • Liberty Spin: Tales of scientifiction (Kindle ebook, infinity plus, December 2010). Collection of nine science-fiction stories, each with a new afterword. Contents: 'Jurassic and the Great Tree', '.zipped', 'A Different Sky', 'Welcome to the Green Planet', 'Queen Bee', 'Hotrider', 'Sussed', 'Anthrocine', 'Liberty Spin'.
  • Faking It: Accounts of the General Genetics Corporation (Kindle ebook, infinity plus, December 2010). Nine stories of sex, drugs and manipulation about a company that will stop at nothing to get its own way. Contents: 'Adrenotropic Man', 'The Greatest Game of All', 'Missing Time', 'Professionals', 'Easy Never Pays', 'The Real Thing', 'Faking It' (original to this collection), 'Beefcake', and bonus story 'The Man Who Built Heaven'.
  • Memesis: Modifiction and other strange changes (Kindle ebook, infinity plus, December 2010). Eight stories about strange changes and the strangely changed, each with a new afterword. Contents: 'Witness', 'Queen of the Burn Plain', 'Riding the Serpent's Back', 'The Horseman of Two Torrents, or, The Galloping Adventurer and the Vindictive Bitch-Hag Who Made Him Like This' (original to this collection), 'The Domegame and Mr P', 'Memesis', 'The Art of Self-Abuse', 'Beside the Sea'.
  • Segue: Into the strange (Kindle ebook, infinity plus, December 2010). Nine stories of fantasy and alternative realities, each with a new afterword. Contents: 'Segue', 'Westward', 'Passion Play', 'Genetopia', 'Doctor Bull's Intervention', 'The People of the Sea', 'Hannah', 'Protection' (original to this collection), 'Head Shots'.
  • Embrace: Tales from the dark side (Kindle ebook, infinity plus, November 2010). Collection of horror, dark fantasy and other weird stories, with new afterwords. Contents: 'Skin', 'To Be Alone, Together', 'Mother', 'Debbs is Back', 'What She Wanted', 'Brighton Town', 'Passengers', 'The Story of My Life', 'Caroline', 'Resting Place', 'Embrace'.
  • Head Shots (trade paperback, Cosmos, summer 2001). My first solo collection, featuring stories spanning the previous ten or so years, and an introduction by Eric Brown. The contents are: 'Witness', 'Queen Bee', 'The Greatest Game of all', 'Resting Place', 'Hotrider', 'Skin', 'Queen of the Burn Plain', 'Easy Never Pays', 'Passion Play', 'Beside the Sea', 'Missing Time', '.zipped', 'Segue', 'Head Shots'.
  • Parallax View (hardback, Sarob Press, October 2000; new, amended, edition Immanion Press, April 2007; ebook, January 2010). This was first due to appear in May 1999, but alas the publisher, Tanjen, went out of business -- I lose count of the number of book deals I've had fall through... PV is a collaborative collection of short fiction written with Eric Brown, with an introduction by Stephen Baxter and illustrated by Dominic Harman. Originally it was to include three new stories, but after the first deal fell through we sold all the stories for magazine publication; now the book reprints all of our collaborations to date ('Appassionata', 'Sugar and Spice', 'Under Antares', 'The Denebian Cycle', 'The Flight of the Oh Carrollian' and 'Mind's Eye') and a solo novelette from each author (Eric's 'A Prayer for the Dead' and my 'Jurassic and the Great Tree'). The 2007 edition dispenses with the two solo stories, making room for a new collaborative novella, 'In Transit'. More information and quotes from reviews on my personal website.

As editor

  • The Sub-genres of Science Fiction: strange divisions and alien territories (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming in 2011). A non-fiction look at the genre, with chapters by leading writers in the field, including Kristine Kathryn Rusch, James Patrick Kelly, Paul Di Filippo and others.
  • Infinity Plus: the anthology (co-edited with Nick Gevers; Solaris, August 2007). This is a mass market omnibus of the two PS Publishing IP anthologies, published to coincide with the site's tenth anniversary.
  • Infinity Plus two (co-edited with Nick Gevers; PS Publishing, July 2003). The title of the first infinity plus anthology cleverly paved the way for a follow-up and, sure enough, 2003 saw the second volume in the series. As with the first one, this is a signed limited edition hardback, with stories from Adam Roberts, Ian McDonald, Lisa Goldstein, Stephen Baxter, Michael Moorcock, Brian Stableford, Vonda N McIntyre, Charles Stross, Paul Park, Paul McAuley, Eric Brown, Terry Bisson and Lucius Shepard, an introduction by John Clute and a cover by Richard Powers.
  • Interzone - an infinity plus guest issue (co-edited with Nick Gevers and John Grant; March 2002). Hugo-winning SF magazine, Interzone, has a tradition of allowing guest editors to take over an issue, and this is our one: put together by the infinity plus editorial team, with contributions from infinity plus regulars. The line-up was selected to reflect both the diversity and the very high quality of the site's contributors: stories by Michael Swanwick, Paul Park, Mark Roberts and Neil Williamson, Paul Di Filippo, Brian Stableford and James Lovegrove; cover by Dominic Harman; an interview with Kim Stanley Robinson; a feature on sf on the web by Peter D Tillman; and book reviews by John Grant, Nick Gevers, Randy M Dannenfelser, Stuart Carter, Josh Lacey, Lou Anders, Jeff VanderMeer and me.
  • Infinity Plus one (co-edited with Nick Gevers; PS Publishing, November 2001). An anthology derived, as its title implies, from this website, to be published in a high quality signed collectors' edition hardback. Includes stories by Kim Stanley Robinson, Michael Swanwick, Mary Gentle, Michael Bishop and others, with an introduction by Peter F Hamilton and a fine cover by Dominic Harman. Our approach was unconventional: we chose the authors and asked each to choose one of their own stories that was special to them and which they'd like to see reprinted. Gardner Dozois described it as, "A ground-breaking anthology from some of the very best writers in the business today, assembled from the electronic 'pages' of one of the Internet's most valuable resources for intelligent science fiction of high literary quality."

Short fiction

  • 'Imago'. Postscripts (forthcoming). A longish story about a man who has singlehandedly wiped out most of an alien race and his duplicate, who is sent to investigate. I think this is the first time I've tackled aliens face-on in around twenty years as an SF writer.
  • 'Faking It'. Faking It: Accounts of the General Genetics Corporation (infinity plus, December 2010). Original story in the eponymous collection of tales about a company that will stop at nothing to get its own way. This is my capitalism-as-drug-fuelled-sex-cult story. Everyone has one of those, right?
  • 'Protection'. Segue: Into the strange (infinity plus, December 2010). Original story for this ebook collection. Unusually for me, this one came from a single, crystal-clear image from a dream: a young couple fleeing along a clifftop path. The only other thing I recalled when I woke was the sense of urgency, the need to escape; there was something enthralling in that tension between such a beautiful scene and the undercurrent of terror, and I knew I had to explore it further.
  • 'The Horseman of Two Torrents, or, The Galloping Adventurer and the Vindictive Bitch-Hag Who Made Him Like This'. Memesis: Modifiction and other strange changes (infinity plus, December 2010). Original story for this ebook collection. An episode from a fantasy novel project that that came from SF short story 'Riding the Serpent's Back'.
  • 'likeMe'. Nature (September 2010). A short-short in a near-future where social networking is with us all the time. No-one is a stranger when you immediately know how much they are like you...
  • 'Sussed'. Conflicts (edited by Ian Whates, Newcon Press, April 2010). My first short story in far too long. A story about escaping from a war-zone, but - this being written for an anthology with the theme of conflict - that escape could only lead deeper into the conflict...
  • 'Last Drink Bird Head'. Last Drink Bird Head (edited by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, Ministry of Whimsy Press, July 2010). This very short story was written for Jeff and Ann's charity anthology in aid of ProLiteracy. The only guidance contributors were given was 'What is Last Drink Bird Head?' The result? Last Drink Bird Head is a blues musician, a performance artist, a type of alcohol, a town in Texas, and even a song sung by girl scouts in Antarctica. Other contributors include Peter Straub, Gene Wolfe, Hal Duncan, Jeffrey Ford, Rikki Ducornet, Holly Phillips, Stephen R Donaldson, KJ Bishop, Michael Swanwick, Ellen Kushner, Jay Lake, Liz Williams and Tanith Lee.
  • 'Sweats'. We Think, Therefore We Are (edited by Peter Crowther, DAW books, January 2009). I was right: there's a whole set of stories, or a novel, in this! 'Sweats' is the third Accord story I've written, although chronologically second in the sequence. It's the story of an assassin downloaded into a host body in order to carry out a hit - just who is guilty of murder when all the forensics point to the host body and the guiding assassin persona may not be all it appears?
  • 'Hannah'. Extraordinary Engines: the definitive steampunk anthology (edited by Nick Gevers, Solaris Books, October 2008). As the title of the anthology suggests, I've committed steampunk in this tale of advanced forensic medicine set in Victorian London.
  • 'The Man Who Built Heaven'. Postscripts (August 2008). This is another story in the Accord sequence - in fact its working title was 'The Architect of Accord'. It's the story of the man who designed and built the Accord, a consensual reality where people live on after death. I'm pretty sure there's a novel in this, or at least a whole set of stories.
  • 'In Transit' (with Eric Brown). Parallax View by Keith Brooke and Eric Brown, April 2007 (Immanion Press). A new novella written exclusively for the new edition of our collaborative collection. Great to be writing with Eric again after far too long a break. Eric and I have discussed expanding this into a novel one day.
  • 'The Accord'. The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, edited by George Mann, February 2007 (Solaris Books); reprinted in The Year's Best Science Fiction: 25th Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois (St Martin's Press, 2008). This is my first piece of short fiction in far too long. It was hard getting into the short stuff again, but very rewarding. With this one I decided to write something unlike I'd ever done before, so it's far far future, which is an area I really haven't explored. Somewhat disturbingly, I liked the backdrop so much I think there's a novel here, so this might form the basis of my next-but-one adult SF novel. Great review at Sci Fi Weekly: "...some of the best science fiction to be found anywhere ... a far-future story that evokes the best of Zelazny, Vance and Silverberg."
  • 'Doctor Bull's Intervention'. The Mammoth Book of New Jules Verne Stories, edited by Mike Ashley and Eric Brown, March 2005 (Constable and Robinson, UK; Carroll and Graf, US). I had a lot of fun with this! A classic Verne story updated, pulled apart, and put back together again. With added football. And cakes.
  • 'A Different Sky'. Constellations, edited by Peter Crowther, January 2005 (DAW). Another in Pete's excellent series of anthologies, following on from Moon Shots and Mars Probes. The theme this time is constellations - something to do with stars - and my take on it was to work up a story from the idea that while a star in a night sky may seem a tiny, insignificant speck, it could also be central to the lives of billions. So the events that drive the action in this story are vast and almost entirely off-stage, both outside the scope of the story and the ability of its protagonists to really understand - the story is that insignificant speck, but its events are also central to those affected. It's only a short story, but I think this is probably the most ambitious thing I've written. I think there's a novel here, too...
  • 'Embrace'. Nemonymous #4, 2004. Nemo is an exceptional magazine, in many ways. Its most distinctive feature is its approach to labelling, or rather, not labelling, its contents: each story has a title, but no author attribution. (The submission process is anonymous, too.) The naming follows some time after publication, which is why I was unable to add this entry until January 2005. Here's what I wrote in my delayed author bio: "I write as me, I write as Nick Gifford, so why not write as nobody? Or at least a temporary nobody. Nemonymous is a marvel, and now I'm a small part of that marvel, which feels rather good."
  • 'The Art of Self-Abuse'. Strange Pleasures 2, edited by John Grant and Dave Hutchinson, July 2003 (Cosmos Books); republished in infinity plus, October 2005. A time travel story that zips back and forth between near futures and near pasts but is mostly set around the time of the UK miners' strike of the mid 1980s. If Science Fiction Age had survived one more issue this story would have appeared there...
  • Genetopia: an extract from my then novel-in-progress, published online at extracts, October 2002. A self-contained short story, which is also an episode in the novel in slightly different form, appeared in Future Orbits in October 2001 - at least in part to stake a claim on the title, which seems too good to have not been used by anyone else yet.
  • 'Welcome to the Green Planet'. Interzone #180, June/July 2002; translated into Portuguese by Jorge Candeias as 'Bem-vindos ao Planeta Verde' for the e-book O Planeta das Traseiras, August 2002. What if the chemical/mineral balance of planets in the inner Solar System had been just a little different? The Earth too rich in resources, making the rush to techno-doom even faster; Mars just a little more friendly to life. A fairly short piece that blatantly misquotes Asimov, Lovelock et al. This marks almost exactly two years since my last Interzone story - I've been writing far less short fiction lately, and what I do write isn't really Interzone fare.
  • 'What She Wanted'. Redsine #7, January 2002 - a quarterly trade paperback anthology series edited by Trent Jamieson and Garry Nurrish. A short horror story about longing and creativity. I went to Cornwall in 1999 for the solar eclipse and I came away knowing that I just had to write about the place. This story is the result. I find that stories inspired by a particular place (like a number of stories I've set in a fictionalised version of the town where I grew up) tend to be rather dark and creepy. I expect that says something about me...
  • 'Genetopia'. Future Orbits - a professional sf magazine published in a variety of ebook formats (which, sadly, only survived for a handful of issues), October 2001; republished at infinity plus. The setting for this story had been bubbling away in the background of my mind for 12 years before I finally wrote it. My third professionally published story was 'Passion Play' and I told Rob Holdstock, one of the editors who bought it for Other Edens 3, that one day it would become a novel. Ten years later I started researching and fleshing out the novel, which will be called Genetopia. Eventually I reached the stage where I really wanted to experience what it would be like to write something set in the world that was growing up around me, an exotic far future where humankind has split into many different sub-species of post-humans, but a small population of true humans persists. So I wrote this short story about a young, privileged man coming to appreciate his precarious role in the world. By the time this story was published, the novel itself remained unfinished, but I had a first draft complete, which is always the hardest part for me. The novel is currently being revised.
  • 'Memesis'. Strange Pleasures, edited by Sean Wallace, summer 2001 (Cosmos Books). A dour, dark SF tale about the morality of interfering in the lives of others: how it can be so easy to make decisions on the behalf of others which we may not make for ourselves. I don't do aliens often, so this is a rarity; even here, they loom in the backdrop rather than taking centre stage. This story has been selected for an Honourable Mention by Ellen Datlow in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.

  • 'Wooden Boys Don't Bleed' (with Lawrence Dyer and DF Lewis). Strange Pleasures, edited by Sean Wallace summer 2001 (Cosmos Books). Like the other stories I've written with my Essex neighbours Lawrence and Des, this was triggered by one of our seaside walks - this time in Walton-on-the-Naze, where we saw, among other things, the room above a chip shop where Des was conceived... 'Wooden Boys' is a story of the power of place and memory, and guilt. Dark secrets loom large. Needless to say, it's another weird one...

  • 'Visitors' (with Lawrence Dyer and DF Lewis). Aphelion, December 2000. Another strange collaboration set in a weird version of the town in which I grew up.

  • 'Liberty Spin'. Interzone #158, August 2000. A chapter in Expatria Incorporated features a space habitat that has lost its spin: a wild, zero-gee ecosystem has developed in its interior wilderness, yet plans are afoot to spin it up again and clean it out. The imagery, and the characters' shock that the ecosystem could so wantonly be destroyed, has stuck with me for a long time. So much so that I had to come back and write about the scenario again: 'Liberty Spin' takes a similar conflict as its central idea and explores its implications a bit more closely. About as close to hard sf as I ever get, although as usual with me, it's still character-based sf. Rich Horton's Locus review says, "I felt surprised at almost every turn... I think this is the best story I've seen from Keith Brooke." In Tangent, the same reviewer said, "This is an interesting piece that simply seemed fresh to me, in a way that few stories seem to me after a quarter century of SF reading."

  • 'Fruit of the Flotsam' (with Lawrence Dyer and DF Lewis). Oasis (US) and Psychotrope (UK), both April 2000. A strange, strange story about a strange, strange place, written by three strange, strange writers... Lawrence, Des and I live within a few miles of each other on the North-East Essex coast and we get together every so often to talk writers' talk. In October we met at a place called Jaywick: a run-down shanty-town of holiday homes that have become permanently settled. Going to Jaywick is like stepping into the Third World, or the 1930s, with an odd mixture of 1990s thrown in for good measure. The place made a big impression on the three of us and we just had to write about it.

  • '.zipped'. Spectrum SF 2, April 2000. A short, fragmentary story about memory and longing. A couple of years ago I went to a conference in Amsterdam, a city that cries out to be written about. This is my first literary visit to the city, but probably won't be my last.

  • 'The Denebian Cycle' (with Eric Brown). Interzone #152, February 2000; also included in our collaborative collection Parallax View, Sarob Press, September 2000. A big and grim planetary adventure. We talked about the writing of this story in our double interview in Interzone #145: we shut ourselves away in a room and brainstormed for a couple of hours until we had a story that just had to be written, finishing up with something neither of us could have written alone. An exhilarating experience.

  • 'Mind's Eye' (with Eric Brown). Spectrum SF 1, February 2000; also included in our collaborative collection Parallax View, Sarob Press, September 2000. Another collaboration - you might gather from this that I've been finding it difficult to write new material recently; it's much easier with a collaborator to prompt me into action. In this one, a kid from the slums is going up in the world. Quite literally. In his Foundation review of PV, Simon Ings says the story "...uses a cyberpunk aesthetic to measure the gap between rich and poor, but has the bravery not to bridge that gap with comforting MacGuffins, the way Gibson notoriously did."

  • 'The Flight of the Oh Carrollian' (with Eric Brown). Interzone #145, July 1999; also included in our collaborative collection Parallax View, Sarob Press, September 2000. A collaboration, published in the same issue as a Brooke'n'Brown interview.

  • 'Head Shots'. Odyssey, early 1999 (I don't know quite when they published this as they never told me, never sent me a contributor's copy and, needless to say, didn't pay either...); republished online at The Ministry of Whimsy, June 2000. This started out as a kind of Princess Di thing: an alternate present day story about telepathic paparazzi hounding the famous. I was rather pleased with it when I finished it, which probably means no-one else will be...

  • 'Therapy'. Peeping Tom #33, June 1999. A nasty little horror story, written specially for the magazine. Praised in the following issue by Paul Weller: 'The best item I feel, by far, in PT33 was Keith Brooke's "Therapy", well written, believable and compelling.' Described by another reader as 'uncomfortable and unpleasant reading'.

  • 'The Domegame and Mr P'. Aboriginal Science Fiction, Winter 1998/99. This is an old one: written in 1990; sold to Far Point in 1991; finally, when Far Point folded, the story sold to Aboriginal in 1993 and has waited over four years for publication. It is, however, good to see Aboriginal revived after its various difficulties over recent years.

  • 'Brighton Town'. Scaremongers 2: Redbrick Eden, Tanjen Books, August 1998, edited by Steve Savile -- an anthology supporting Shelter, the charity for the homeless. I suppose some people would call this 'experimental' fiction; my (very) tangential homage to Brighton Rock.

  • 'Segue'. Interzone #132, June 1998. A weird fantasy, loosely connected to the earlier 'Resting Place' -- I was convinced they'd turn it down as too off-beat, but I'm delighted it was accepted.

  • 'Resting Place'. Interzone #128, February 1998. An odd Himalayan fantasy. Come to think of it, most of my fantasies are a little bit odd...

  • 'Under Antares' (with Eric Brown). Interzone #126, December 1997; also included in our collaborative collection Parallax View, Sarob Press, September 2000; and to be included in Outlanders, an e-book anthology to be published by Scorpius. The fourth story we wrote together, and one of my favourites. Mark Kelly of Locus wasn't so keen: he described it as 'a formula collection of planetary romance clichés'... But what do critics know?

  • 'Passengers'. Peeping Tom #27, August 1997. Horror story set in a warped version of the town where I grew up.

  • 'Missing Time'. Tomorrow v3.3, May 1997. A story set in a near-future version of the Essex port where I grew up. Not a GenGen story as such, but it's very much in that mode.

  • 'Queen Bee'. Interzone #119, May 1997; republished on my personal website, March 2000. A planetary romance; part of my Interstitial Space future history.

  • 'Sugar and Spice' (with Eric Brown). Interzone #112, October 1996; also included in our collaborative collection Parallax View, Sarob Press, September 2000. In his Foundation review of PV, Simon Ings says, "...this is a tale told by a man who, page by page, reveals his own mental habits ... long after the story is over, this man, with his mordant life and heavy heart, lives on."

  • 'Solo'. Mind Maps #1, September 1996; republished in infinity plus, 1997; translated for the Italian webzine Intercom, 1998; translated into Hebrew for Shavit Bamarak (Comet in my Soup), 2000.

  • 'Appassionata' (with Eric Brown). Interzone #109, July 1996; reprinted in the 10th volume of the stylish French anthology series CyberDreams in early 1997; also included in our collaborative collection Parallax View, Sarob Press, September 2000. The first Brooke'n'Brown collaboration.

  • 'The Real Thing'. The Edge, July 1996; reprinted in Dream Creation Inc, February 1997. Near future slice-of-life. This could be a GenGen story -- it's certainly in that style -- but I'm afraid I can't quite remember... Let's take a plunge and say that it is.

  • 'The People of the Sea'. Interzone #107, May 1996; reprinted in The Ant-men of Tibet, and other stories, edited by David Pringle, Big Engine, July 2001 (delayed from September 1999, due to original publisher going out of business). An alternate history of 18th century Harwich, featuring armed mermaids and a possible explanation for the American Revolution. Picked out in the Vector review of Ant-men... as one of the two highlights of the anthology: "Particularly impressive ... with its atmospheric evocation of the past and alternative future of the people of the Essex coast"; (with Eric Brown's 'Vulpheous') "...both pieces demonstrate their authors' considerable strengths, most recently displayed in their collaborative collection Parallax View." I like reviews like that!

  • 'Riding the Serpent's Back'. Interzone #101, November 1995. An sf story set on the same intensely volcanic planet as the earlier 'Queen of the Burn Plain'.

  • 'The Story of my Life'. Broadsword #2, November 1995. A very personal darkish fantasy, set in a distorted version of the town where I grew up.

  • 'Brain Jive'. The Edge, November 1995. Accepted in 1989 and rather embarrasingly published in 1995...

  • 'Beside the Sea'. Beyond #3, August 1995. My fiftieth short story. This is the only story that has ever come to me in a dream, or rather, two dreams. I woke up with the first dream still in my head, and as I thought about it the whole thing came back to me in a rush: it was almost a complete story, with plot, characters, internal consistency. But as I thought about it I realised there were some major gaps. I dozed off and the next time I woke I realised I'd had another version of the dream, where my subconscious had reworked it to solve the earlier problems. If only it always happened like that.

  • 'Debbs is Back'. Peeping Tom, 1995. Straight horror story set in a warped version of the town where I grew up. This one sold to Fantasy Tales shortly before they folded.

  • 'Skin'. Peeping Tom, January 1995; republished online in the Storyville anthology. One of my favourites.

  • 'Professionals'. Interzone #86, August 1994; republished in infinity plus, 1998; reprinted in The Mammoth Book of Future Cops, edited by Maxim Jakubowski (April 2003: Constable-Robinson, UK; Carroll and Graf, US). A story set in a near-future version of the Essex port where I grew up; features Christian Taylor, the private eye from 'Easy Never Pays'. I suppose this must be a GenGen story, too, although I don't think the company is named anywhere...

  • 'Easy Never Pays'. Interzone #84, June 1994. A near-future thriller which grew into a novel I never managed to sell; features Christian Taylor, a screwed up private eye for whom I have a particular soft spot. A GenGen story.

  • 'Westward'. Interzone #82, April 1994. An odd fantasy.

  • 'Anthrocine'. Tomorrow #4, June 1993. An Interstitial Space story; a companion piece to the earlier 'Jurassic and the Great Tree'.

  • 'Witness'. Interzone #70, April 1993; featured story in the Guest Author slot at World's End, August 2000. Science fiction story inspired by my next door neighbour's collection of owls and hawks.

  • 'Jurassic and the Great Tree'. Interzone #66, December 1992; reprinted in Tomorrow 7, November 1993; also included in the Brooke and Brown collaborative collection Parallax View, Sarob Press, September 2000 (although not in the second edition of PV, published by Immanion Press in 2007). An Interstitial Space story. In his Foundation review of PV, Simon Ings says, "'Jurassic and the Great Tree', with its brilliant and remorseless anthropological logic, resembles Michael Bishop at his best. But that's because it's well-argued anthropology, rather than well-copied Bishop."

  • 'Count Carraldo and the Penitent Dominic'. Villains, Penguin Roc, edited by Mary Gentle and Roz Kaveney, March 1992. Shared world fantasy where the good guys just don't stand a chance.

  • 'Two over Seventy-four'. New Moon #2, March 1992. Perhaps my worst story to achieve semi-professional publication. Embarrassing. Please don't go out and try to find it.

  • 'See Those Eyes'. Far Point #3, February 1992.

  • 'Queen of the Burn Plain'. Interzone #55, January 1992; sold for reprint to Heyne Verlag, but I don't know if they've used it yet...

  • 'Hotrider'. Aboriginal Science Fiction, November/December 1991.

  • 'To be Alone, Together'. REM #1, April 1991.

  • 'Caroline'. Skeleton Crew, March 1991. And they still haven't paid me for it, or even told me they published it... (although I know they did: I found a copy in WH Smith's).

  • 'Small Steps'. The Lyre #1, March 1991.

  • 'Away on Old Dusty'. Dream #26, December 1990.

  • 'Beefcake'. Interzone #39, August 1990. Overweight pharmaceutical factories in space. A GenGen story.

  • 'Mother'. Interzone #37, June 1990. One of my favourites. Tied with Lisa Tuttle's splendid 'Lizard Lust' for last place in the following year's Interzone readers' poll.

  • 'The Greatest Game of All'. Interzone #34, March 1990 ('New Stars Issue'). Inspired by a Dave Langford story, though he doesn't know it. A GenGen story.

  • 'Kismet'. Dream #22, December 1989. The second story I wrote after deciding to try to be an author; I still think it could be extended into a decent young adult novel. Maybe one day.

  • 'Passion Play'. Other Edens 3, Unwin Hyman, edited by Christopher Evans and Robert Holdstock, September 1989; republished in Satellite Feedback, 1999 (published by ANKH). One of my first big breaks, and another story to which I'm still very attached.

  • 'Adrenotropic Man'. Interzone #30, July 1989; republished in infinity plus, 1997. My first professional sale (actually accepted 18 months earlier), and the first story I produced when I started writing full-time. 'Adrenotropic Man' tells the story of GenGen, a sinister corporation which loomed in the background of a lot of my near-future stories over the next few years, culminating in the Expatria novels.

  • 'Dreaming'. Edge Detector #2, July 1989.

  • 'The Fifth Freedom'. Dream #18, February 1989.

Non-fiction

Over the years I've written a wide range of non-fiction for The Guardian, Foundation, Interzone, Focus, Vector, Odyssey, Beyond and many others. The more significant items include the following:
  • Criticality: a full listing of my reviews, most of which are available online.
  • Monterra's Deliciosa & Other Tales - a foreword to Anna Tambour's first collection, reproduced as part of the infinity plus introduces series. I talked my way into writing this one, as I was so pleased to have played my small part in bringing this exciting new writer to a wider audience. She's a one-off, and a good one.
  • Deep Future - a foreword to Eric Brown's new collection of short fiction, published by Wildside's Cosmos imprint in January 2001; reproduced as part of the infinity plus introduces series. This is starting to look incestuous, isn't it? Eric writes an introduction to my new collection, I write one for his... But then this is a logical extension of the fact that we work closely together, both on collaborations and on our solo work. I watch Eric's writing career as a friend, a collaborator, but also as a fan -- it was great to have the chance to explore these different perspectives in this foreword.
  • 'Parallax View: Keith Brooke and Eric Brown in conversation.' Interzone #145, July 1999. A two-sided interview, covering the process of collaboration, our approaches to sf and writing, and comparing the progress of our careers to date. Published in the same issue as the story 'The Flight of the Oh Carrollian'. An updated version of this interview is now available in infinity plus.

  • 'http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/iplus'. Interzone, July 1998. Yes, my titles are subtle, aren't they (that's the old URL for this site)? This piece is a blatant plug for infinity plus. An updated version is now available on this site: the infinity plus story.

  • 'Site-seeing: sf on the 'net'. Interzone #132, June 1998. Exactly what the title says: a survey of Internet sf, looking at fiction publishing, home pages, research, newsgroups and more.

  • 'How Science Fiction lost the Space Race'. Beyond #1, 1995; republished in infinity plus, 1997. A belated response to a debate I took too little part in at a convention -- I always tend to come up with what I should have said about three days too late, so instead I wrote it down. It's what I felt about science fiction at the time, and it's pretty much what I still feel. Since first publication, I've adapted the piece for a session of readings I did with Steve Baxter and Peter Hamilton; the piece is now republished on this site and has been translated for the Italian webzine Intercom (1998).

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