Latest news: my story “The Beautiful Horizon” in The Purpose of Reality: Solar has been shortlisted for the 2022 Aurealis Awards in the Fantasy Short Story Category.
Publisher’s Weekly reviews Solar: “An inventive debut collection … ideal for weird fiction readers seeking something a little different.” Aurealis reviews Lunar: ” … boldly layered inventiveness … dreamlike yet tangible.” More reviews below.
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Here’s a list of full reviews and related articles with links (no particular order). I’m very grateful to the reviewers, and the commenters on my featured articles. Many thanks to Meerkat Press for organising.
Reviews of The Purpose of Reality: Solar (short stories) and Lunar (poetry)
Tomes and Tales
Making Good Stories
Speculative Fiction Showcase
T Kent Writes
An article on how I write: The Virtues of Being Incomprehensible. Sort of.
Big Indie Books
Some of my favourite books and a little about time travel.
Thoughts on writing with some personal background.
Reviews of The Purpose of Reality: Solar (stories) and Lunar (poetry) [Instagram]
From Meerkat Press
The Purpose of Reality (Solar)
Steve Simpson’s mesmerizing collection of short fiction and illustrations is surreal and wildly imaginative, with touches of playfulness throughout. Here is a selection of the beings within:
At Claire’s school, the walls were cardboard, and her chain-smoking math teacher never allowed numbers to be mentioned. He used a drawing of a press to flatten slices of air into tissue paper for kites, and he was Claire’s favorite, because all the other teachers were ghosts. One day, with a little pasta and a little mambo, everything changed.
The negentropy wars didn’t end the world, there were survivors, and in Santarém, the gringo electrician needed medicine to save his daughter’s life. To get it, he had to cross the Amazon River, where the Negentropy Horizon divided Brazil. The locals believed you could look across the river and see directly into hell. The electrician wasn’t superstitious, but he decided netting was a good idea, to keep the insects off.
Aldona worked in the Damasco Auto scrapyard, and when the electromagnet on the crane burned out and dropped the blue Passat, no one saw the electric-winged shape that had been trapped by the magnet. After all, there was nothing to be concerned about: the alien space fleet had been driven away by the earth’s nuclear defenses.
The Purpose of Reality (Lunar)
Steve Simpson’s remarkable collection of poetry and illustrations is dream-like, playful and wildly inventive. Here is a selection of the beings within:
The detective, who carelessly morphs into birds and insects, and cannot choose between brooding and moping, until a stylish grayscale client with retrolescent highlights appears.
Proteus, Homo Sapiens Beta, who discovered fire and put it out, who created a rudimentary encyclopedia that he pedaled across Gondwanaland on weekends.
Millie, the intrepid librarian, unperturbed by the Dark Solarian or the fearsome kilowasp, who insists that her underlings pay for bibliotactical losses.
The adorable Deija Vitro, Martian Princess of Glass, whose fans line the streets waving Windex spray. Wollongong will never be the same, because her armies have razed it to the ground. “No one will miss it,” she reassured an infatuated follower.