Written on the road between the past and the future, a writer explores his relationship with his dying father. Literature, fantasy and science fiction come together in this unique and very personal piece. Buy on Amazon (paid link)| Apple Books | Barnes and Noble | Buy on Kobo Ballantyne’s moving, quietly profound stories present flawedContinue reading “Midway”

Stories from the Northern Road (Penrose 2.5)

The first ever collection from one of the UK’s finest SF authors: Tony Ballantyne, who has been a finalist for the Philip K Dick award and whose short fiction has featured regularly in Years Best SF anthologies. A quartet of brand new stories set on the world of Penrose (introduced in the novels Twisted Metal and Blood and Iron) joinContinue reading “Stories from the Northern Road (Penrose 2.5)”

Blood and Iron

Appointed Commander of the Emperor’s Army of Sangrel, Wa-Ka-Mo-Do of Ko tries to establish relations between the existing robot population and the humans who have recently arrived on Yukawa. On the continent of Shull, Kavan finds himself embroiled with the Uncertain Army and marching towards Artemis City.  But does he march as the army’s prisoner,Continue reading “Blood and Iron”

Twisted Metal

On a world of intelligent robots who seem to have forgotten their own distant past, it is a time of war as the soldiers of Artemis City set out to conquer everything within range on the continent of Shull, killing or converting every robot they capture to their philosophy, while viewing their own wire-based minds as nothingContinue reading “Twisted Metal”


The robot Constantine notices an Artificial Intelligence spontaneously coming into being on a distant planet…and watches helplessly as it is destroyed. In deep space, far from Earth, Judy senses a change of mood aboard the passenger ship she travels on…and a quick investigation reveals that the craft is succumbing to a mysterious alien infestation.  JustContinue reading “Divergence”


Welcome to the year 2252—and congratulations! You’re now a personality construct. We know that can be a daunting stage of personal development,especially if you don’t remember making this life-changing decision. But we’re here to help…. Helen is waking to a dark new reality—one that she’s certain she didn’t choose. In this borrowed existence, she findsContinue reading “Capacity”


It is the twenty-third century. Herb, a young entrepreneur, returns to the isolated planet on which he has illegally been trying to build a city–and finds it destroyed by a swarming nightmare of self-replicating machinery. Worse, the all-seeing Environment Agency has been watching him the entire time. His punishment? A nearly hopeless battle in theContinue reading “Recursion”