The Administration of Disability Benefits in a Simulated Universe
1,400 words—SF/Humour—Published by Asymmetry—Jun 2019
Please note that Digital Disability Allowance is only granted in cases of severe mental or physical impairment caused by glitches in the simulation of our world. You will be required to attend an assessment to determine the severity of your condition. Fraudulent applications may result in sanctions, including the loss of benefits.
TOO MANY HISTORIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT
4,200 words—Science Fiction—Published by Deep Magic—Dec 2018
It's a cold day in 1915, and the trenches are full of historians poking their noses into the soldiers' lives. A British lieutenant suspects there's something wrong with this but can't quite put his finger on it...
THE BREAKDOWN OF THE PARASITE/HOST RELATIONSHIP
4,500 words—SF/Humour—Published in the Unidentified Funny Objects 6 anthology—Sep 2017
Reprinted in the Star Ship Sofa podcast—Aug 2018
An overly fastidious human is playing host to an alien fungus with poor personal hygiene, on a starship bound for the edge of the galaxy on a scientific mission. When the pair of them fall out, the captain finds themself with a serious problem...
AN UNDIPLOMATIC INCIDENT
4,500 wordsSF/Humour—Published by Perihelion SF—Dec 2016
No longer available
Humanity's first test in interstellar diplomacy: figuring out what the aliens with the fronds of eyes are trying to say before someone gets eaten...
CUSTOMER SERVICE HOBGOBLIN
4,500 words—Fantasy/Humour—Published in the Unidentified Funny Objects 5 anthology—Sep 2016
Podcast by Far Fetched Fables—Nov 2017
Robin Goodfellow, the trickster spirit of A Midsummer Night's Dream, has been reduced to working in the call centre that answers prayers (or more usually, doesn't). His antics are going to get him fired one of these days, but he still has a few tricks up his sleeve...
THE INEVITABLE APOCALYPTIC CONSEQUENCE OF TIME TRAVEL
18,500 words—Science Fiction—Self-Published—Feb 2015
Time travel is discovered--not once, but four times in human history. Every time, it becomes a weapon of war: to spy on the enemy, sabotage their plans, or assassinate their leaders. And every time, the war escalates beyond control...
THE LAST TOUR OF KELWORT CASTLE
19,500 words—Science Fiction—Self-Published—Jan 2015
A group of tourists taking a tour round a mediaeval castle don't know that a nuclear war is about to obliterate their world, or that they will be the nucleus of a post-apocalyptic society centred on the castle. But hundreds of years later, archaeologists from another universe have pieced together their story from the traces they left behind, and prepared a virtual experience to raise awareness of the risks of apocalypse.
MOMENT OF EXTINCTION
4,000 words—Science Fiction—Self-Published—Oct 2012
The last survivors of a doomed world have been rescued and taken to safety in another universe, but they’re still dying out. All their rescuers can do is take them to see the ocean one last time and try to persuade them to let their last child survive.