Flash sale – Ada King for FREE

Over then next 48 hours, I’ve decided to release my novel, Ada King for free.

It helps you, because you get to read it for free and it helps me, as I get to help get the word out. Please do leave a review if you read it. The more people who do so, the better for an indie author. Reviews directly affect our sales.

So please, either read more about the scifi adventure on my site or go straight to Amazon and download your free Kindle book now!

How to take a “hands-free” selfie – just like the Mars rover

I recently came across an image shown in Universe Today of the Mars Curiosity rover taking a selfie. It wasn’t the one above, but pretty similar. This one’s from last year and is called the “Buckskin Self-Portrait”. I used it because it’s prettier but still demonstrates the same point.

Anyway, I immediately noticed that there was no apparent connection between the rover and the viewpoint, making it look as if there was another party taking the picture. (more…)

At the Cross Stobs – Free online scifi fiction

A brief word before we start this story: The places are real. The incidents are inspired by things that have happened in my neighbourhood. But the names are all made up, as with any fiction. Some names I have chosen to honour people I know, others as a good fit. The core scifi elements of this story are inspired by musings about science, astrophysics and the nature of the universe. Enjoy, more may come of their adventures later. x EMF


“In this case I am satisfied that you were not driving whilst on your mobile phone or carrying out other activities. It seems that you merely neglected adequate safety checks and I am hereby setting your penalty at £2200. ”

He looked down at his hands. They were shaking with anger. He opened his mouth to shout, then abandoned the idea, closing his throat around a little aborted sound. It was as if he was saying ‘hub’. His lawyer gave him a sympathetic pat on the shoulder. “I think we’ve been let off there,” he breathed as he packed away his folders. “Could have been much worse.”

“Worse?!” Allan grated out from the back of his throat. After Menzies Gilchrist L.L.B’s fees he would be looking at nearly double that.

“You kept your license, Mr Glendig,” Gilchrist returned somewhat frostily. “Didn’t you say that was the most important thing?” (more…)

The Martian – film review

Still from The Martian movie starring Matt Damon

Image from The Martian starring Matt Damon, Fox Movies 2015

I don’t often get to go to the movies, but when I do I’ll choose science fiction if I can. The Martian received good write-ups, so I went with hubby on date night. The theatre was packed even though the film has been out for a few weeks.

The TL;DR version is – it’s a good film, you should go check it out.

The longer version is that it’s a good film with a surprising amount of optimism, humanity and humour. Without trying to lay any massive spoilers down, I’ll talk about some of the things that made it good and some of the not-so-good things.