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by Cecelia Hopkins (subscribe)
Cecelia's articles are illustrated by Allan who enjoys photography. Cecelia is also the author of: "Silver Springtime", "All for Love", "Mystic Evermore" and the new release: "Faith and Love".
Published September 4th 2022
Award-winning science-fiction writer and mentor
Sean Williams, Uncanny Angles
Sean giving an amusing and in formative talk - Photo by Cecelia

The 2nd of September 2023 was a special day at the Dymocks Adelaide store because it was the day Sean Williams launched two new books Honour Among Ghosts published by Allen & Unwin, and Uncanny Angles published by Wakefield Press. He also promoted Her Perilous Mansion (released in 2020 in uncanny coincidence with the lockdown) and a sampler of his musical achievements.

Uncanny Angles is the book that most caught my attention. It features a collection of short stories written between 2002 and 2022 (see pp.320-321). The anthology is unified by the theme of different points of view and twists on science-fantasy. The volume is also something of a 'writerly' book, and/or collectors' delight because it contains an introduction describing something of the author's journey.

Each tale is also paired with a focus box that delineates the genre or explains the inspiration for the plot. This may sound tedious to you, and I will admit that in anyone else's hands it might have turned out pedestrian, but from Sean's pen the discussions are truly amusing and a nerds' delight.

The titles are as follows:

1. The Second Coming of the Martians

2. The Seventh Letter

3. Go

4. The Lives of Riley

5. Ungentle Fire

6. The Legend Trap

7. The Cuckoo

8. Impossible Music

9. Sing, My Murdered Darlings

10. The Missing Metatarsals

11. The Spark

12. Team Sharon

13. The N-Body Solution

14. Death and the Hobbyist

As a teaser, I will tell you that reading the narratives has convinced me science-fiction still lives! In these days when space opera has become a television standard and the screen is ruled by mutated heroes, original stories exploring science concepts rather than employing the special effects thereof have become a rarity… except in this volume by Seam Williams.

Sean Williams, Uncanny Angles
Book signing - Photo by Allan

I cannot wait to see what else Sean produces, whether he is writing from Australia, Ireland or even the depths of Antarctica!

Published through Wakefield Press.
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How very interesting.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10118) 92 days ago
Always love science fictions, thanks for sharing
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