“Shortcuts: Track 1” Selected As NZ Book Council “Book of the Month” for January

Shortcuts: Track 1, the Paper Road Press anthology that includes six novellas (see below) including my novella Landfall, has been selected as the New Zealand Book Council’s Book of the Month for January – and an excerpt from Landfall has been featured. Many thanks to the Book Council and Paper Road Press for setting this up!

Here are details of how you can buy Shortcuts: Track 1, and (if you’re feeling a bit skint) how you can buy “Landfall” as a standalone novella.

Shortcuts: Track 1

What’s better than one SF/F novella? Six of ’em, collected together as Shortcuts: Track 1, edited by Marie Hodgkinson, from Paper Road Press: http://paperroadpress.co.nz/b…/shortcuts-track-1-collection/, with a great cover by KC Bailey:


  • “Landfall” by Tim Jones
  • “Bree’s Dinosaur” by A C Buchanan
  • “The Last” by Grant Stone
  • “Mika”, by Lee Murray and Piper Mejia
  • “Pocket Wife” by IK Paterson-Harkness
  • “The Ghost of Matter” by Octavia Cade

Now available in paperback and as an ebook on Amazon, and for order as a paperback through bookstores using the following details:

Title: SHORTCUTS: Track 1

Editor: Marie Hodgkinson

ISBN: 9780473336486

Distributor: Paul Greenberg, Greene Phoenix Marketing and PDL


My novella Landfall is available for the Kindle. As well as the extract on the NZ Book Council site, you can also read an extract on the Paper Road Press website.

And here is an extract from that extract:

Wife gone, son lost to cholera back in the camps before he had lived out his first year, Nasimul shivered and heaved up his food and crawled into a nest of damp clothing night after night, and somehow survived. The ship drove forward. The temperature warmed fractionally. The sky flamed red at dawn and dusk: ash and smoke from Australia, someone said. Perhaps the whole continent was burning.

And then, on another night of storm and cloud, the New Zealand Navy came, destroyers surging over the eastern horizon. There was no point in running, and nowhere to run. The Jamalpur-2 wallowed in the waves and waited for the end, while the people aboard made for the last slender hope, the lifeboats.

You can find out whether Nasimul Rahman makes it ashore – and what happens next – in Landfall.

Don’t forget to check out the full Shortcuts series of standalone novellas.