After the Plague – Short Story Competition for Scottish Writers – The Shortlist

It’s a long shortlist, but everyone here deserves a place! Here are the top 13 stories and writers: The Ardesh – Alex JovanovicBreathers – Ali MahdiThe Microwave Library – David Tam McDonaldThe Knock – Elanor LawrenceSingle Player – Gemma ElliottScreened – IR BoydDaughter of the Trojan Plague – Kat CooksonPeople of the Stars – Mona […]

Celebrating International Women’s Day with an all-women Shoreline of Infinity

Issue 11 of Shoreline of Infinity Science Fiction Magazine will be a special all-women edition, published to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8 – and we are looking for submissions. On average, only around 20% of submissions to the magazine come from women and we want to encourage more. So we’re inviting all science fiction […]

“You’d better watch out, you’d better take care…”

Santa Claus is coming to town—or is he? I’m writing this while on my summer holidays on the beautiful Hebridean island of Lewis, so naturally, as an editor, my thoughts turn to Christmas; the winter edition of Shoreline of Infinity to be precise. We’re looking for stories which, shall we say, convey the atmosphere and mood […]

We have a winner! Meet Dee Raspin

Here at the Shoreline Beach Tavern we are delighted to announce that we have a winner of our Short Story Competition for Readers. Our winner is Dee Raspin, and her winning story is called The Great Golden Fish. The story is an enchanting blend of Scottish folk tale and science fiction; it captures the spirit of Stephen Pickering’s artwork, […]

Magic, Mystery and Victorian Passions

I’m a sucker for a good fairy tale, me. It started young, with the likes of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a touch of Red Riding Hood, Rumplestiltskin and all that crowd. Couldn’t stop myself: I was hooked, needed a fix. Years later, coming to Scotland, I discovered the folk tales of kelpies, and selkies, of Tam Lin […]

Making Big Dramas out of Small Places

It’s handy living in Edinburgh: you have a major book festival – the Edinburgh International Book Festival – right on your doorstep. I headed for the website to see who or what is on.  I was a wee bit disappointed to find that science fiction didn’t seem to feature as one of the 46 categories […]

Story Writing Competition for Readers

Sharpen your bluetooth-enabled iquill and dip into your jar of ink distilled from finest Jovian squid. Here we have a specially commissioned artwork from Dumfries artist Stephen Pickering, and we’d like you to write a science fiction story inspired by one or more of the panels. Click on the image to enlarge it. The prize for the best […]

Science Fiction – Michael Cobley & Ken MacLeod

Now this has always appealed to me – a few days spent immersed in writing in the company of fellow writers under the direction of the masters. We have received news of  a residential writing course led by two cracking Scottish based SF writers, Ken MacLeod and Michael Cobley. It’s held at the Moniack Mhor Writing […]