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About Rosie Oliver
Rosie has been in love with science fiction ever since she discovered a whole bookcase of yellow-covered Gollancz science fiction books in Chesterfield library. She was very disappointed when she read the last of those novels. Her only option then was to write science fiction. Which is what she did after gaining two Masters degrees in mathematics, and a career in aeronautical turned systems engineering. To help her along the way, she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where her course novel was shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbit prize as the most promising novel on the course.
Nearly thirty of her short stories have since been published in magazines, anthologies and as standalone e-books. Her story “Cyber Control” was voted the favourite short story in Kraxon Magazine in 2016.
She published / edited the SFerics 2017 anthology, from which one of the stories, Angular Size, by Geoff Nelder was shortlisted for the 2017 BSFA shorter fiction award. She has co-edited the Distaff anthology, which in 2019 is believed to be the only anthology with completely new science fiction stories written by women this century.
While writing her C.A.T. (a robo-cat) novel, she gained eight Honourable Mentions from the international Writers of the Future Contest, purr, purr, purr and has since gained a Silver Honourable Mention for a completely different short story!
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Best of British Science Fiction 2020 is once again edited by Donna Scott, a recent chair of the BSFA and a distinguished poet, writer, and stand-up comedian. Donna is also a free-lance editor who has worked behind the scenes for a number of major publishers over the course of several years.
Introduction – Donna Scott
War Crimes – M. R. Carey
Blue and Blue and Blue and Pink – Lavie Tidhar
All I Asked For – Anne Charnock
The Savages – David Gullen
Infinite Tea in the Demara Café – Ida Keogh
Lazarus, Unbound – Liam Hogan
The Cyclops – Teika Marija Smits
Brave New World by Oscar Wilde – Ian Watson
Chimy and Chris – Stephen Oram
Mudlarking – Neil Williamson
Infectious – Liz Williams
Cofiwch Aberystwyth– Val Nolan
Panspermia High – Eric Brown
Exhibit E – L. P. Melling
The Lori – Fiona Moore
Wilson Dreams of Peacocks – Melanie Smith
Variations on Heisenberg's Third Concerto – Eleanor R Wood
The World is on Fire and You're Out of Milk – Rhiannon Grist
The Turbine at the End of the World – James Rowland
What Happened to 70 – C. R. Berry
Rings Around Saturn – Rosie Oliver
The Good Shepherd – Stewart C Hotson
Pineapples Are Not the Only Bromeliad – RB Kelly
Like Clocks Work – Andi Buchanan
Watershed – John Gilbey
Here Today – Geoff Nelder
About the Authors
It's 2052 and the first known wormhole appears in lunar orbit. Earth sends a ship to investigate and the future of space travel changes forever. The Solar System develops in many ways over the centuries, but one thing remains constant; the wormholes continue to appear.
Join many of today's most exciting indie science fiction authors as they chart a shared universe and future-history, each telling us stories of: Explorations: Through the Wormhole.
The Challenge - Ralph Kern
Through Glassy Eyes - PP Corcoran
Here, Then, Forever - Chris Guillory
AI Deniers - Rosie Oliver
Flawed Perspective - PJ Strebor
The Lost Colony - Josh Hayes
The Aeon Incident - Richard Fox
The Doors of the Temple - Jo Zebedee
Dead Weight - Thaddeus White
Webbed Prisms - Charlie Pulsipher
Anathema - Jacob Cooper
When the Skies Open - Shellie Horst
A Second Infection - Stephen Palmer
Personal Growth - Stephen Moss
Explorations: Through the Wormhole
Explorations: First Contact
These are the stories of the first 100 years of the United States Space Force created by then U.S. President Donald J. Trump. Within this new anthology of military sci-fi short stories you will find stories of service and incredible sacrifice. Stories of the one sacrificing a few to save the many, and of the one sacrificing himself for all.
But mostly these are tales of the men and women to come, who will patrol the harsh, cold blackness of space. Those that willingly place themselves in harm's way to protect a solitary blue marble and all that call it home.
There’s trouble in the Neptune System. Space-planes are crashing into asteroids, and one robo-cat is destined for the spare parts room, should anything happen to its owner, Commander Zacman. When he sets out on a suicide mission to find the rogue asteroids, C.A.T. stows away on board. Its mission...keep Zacman alive...at all costs...or suffer the fate of being permanently deleted.
Aurora misfires a bolt on the Bolters’ Range into the forest. Next thing she is accused of murder and being a rebel. The case the Archers have against her is so compelling even her lawyer wants her to plea bargain to save her life. But Aurora knows she is innocent…
This is not the only mystery she has to solve… Pipes supply air, water and nanites to keep the chasms green. Unexpected demands for nanites strains the system. This has to stop or the chasms will revert to dust-blown canyons…
A staff used in spinning.
Of women and women’s work.
An anthology of women’s stories woven through time and space.
In 2018 a crack team of women sci-fi writers, all members of the sffchronicles community forum, came together to write an anthology. Distaff is the result. Join us as we share stories of people, of science and exploration, and enjoy the words we weave.
"All in all, this anthology works wonderfully in showing that SF is still a genre which has a lot to say and has so many ways in which to say those things. Filled with great ideas and characters, Distaff is, hopefully, the first volume in what I hope will be an anthology series, and deserves to be widely read and enjoyed." Dave de Burgh, author of 'Betrayal's Shadow'
"I love good stories. Stories are as old as human relationships, They may be our
most important invention. It’s impossible to understand human society without an
understanding of the power of stories. Well told, they bring us face to face with
ourselves, our fears, our hopes, and so much else that makes us human.
Distaff is an anthology of well told stories by women for everyone. These stories
make use of the unlimited settings available to Science Fiction writers. The women
behind Distaff remind us of our humanity in entertaining and enjoyable ways." Douglas Van Aartsen
"An eclectic collection of tales, each standing out well from the others. The themes are varied and flow very well. I was in particularly enamoured with Kerry Buchanan’s story, a fine mix of space opera with a hint of Scandinavian folklore. While some of the themes are familiar to sci-fi fans none of the stories are predictable or boring. I had a great night drinking tea and reading them. Excellent reading for a commute to or from work, or a relaxing night with your feet up." - Steve Herron, Goodreads
Includes the 2017 British Science Fiction Award shortlisted short story Angular Size by Geoff Nelder.
Six Stories - Six Possible Futures
An anthology developed from the BristolCon 2015 science fiction and fantasy convention workshop - about the future of the latest technologies coming onto the market.