What is this site?
These pages are designed for your entertainment. A lot of things
that I write are either performed live, read on radio, or have
been published in newspapers, newsletters and anthologies that are
around for a little while and then vanish. My feeling is that some
of them deserved another run, in a format that would hang around
for a bit longer. I've chosen the Web rather than print in the
hope that I might reach a larger audience than is possible for a
locally published book.
What is new?
Additions, October 2018
- Three new short stories about off planet processing of
refugees, submersible cities and an attempt to turn the tables
on internet scammers. Go to The
Only Ones Worth Having are Married.
- Two new poems with a scientific slant, showing how little we
know about the universe. Go to Poems.
What is here?
- The Only Ones Worth Having are
Married. Some people know these as the Petra stories,
after one of the main characters, or as "daisy chain" stories,
after the title of the first one in the series. They are short
stories (500-1500 words) originally performed live (where they
got lots of laughs) about living and working in Canberra (or
somewhere like Canberra, because they are not geographically
specific), covering the usual hassles of bosses, relationships,
politics, work barbeques and the rest.
- The Stupid Baboon Got Upset.
Cartoons about a publisher (Simian Press) run by a troop of
- The Hole at the End of the Road -
The Authorised, Ideologically Correct Guide to the People's
Republic of South Bandicoot. South Bandicoot occupies an area of
of 50km by 20km in the heart of the Great Dividing Range in
Eastern Australia. The entire population took advantage of the
contradiction inherent in the only access road being cut by rain
to rise as one and declare their independence. This is the
history of South Bandicoot, the revolution and its aftermath,
written by the People's Librarian of South Bandicoot, Maeve
- Poems. A few satirical poems,
about politics, education and the experiences of a Martian
- It's Not Really Like That, Is It?.
Short stories, mainly speculative in nature.
- Songs about public service life
and about politics written for and performed by the Shiny Bum
What form does it take?
Most of the material is in HTML format, so that you can use a
browser, but for the longer items I have used PDF (Adobe Acrobat)
format, so that you can download it and print it out, but in this
case I have provided some extracts so that you can see if you want
to. In some cases I have used both formats. There is no charge.
What use can I make of it?
The most important thing to me, as a writer, is that people get
to read my stuff and enjoy it. You are free to distribute material
from this site provided that it is done without charge, it is not
altered, and that the source is acknowledged and that the
copyright statements are not removed. If you want to reprint
anything on a commercial basis, please contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org and I am happy to negotiate.
What is coming?
I fully intend to add to the material on this site. In the
short term, I will be putting up some more short stories. In the
longer term, A Plastic Paradise, which is a satirical novel about
Canberra planning published in book form in 1993 (and still in
print, at www.borisbooks.com.au)
and who knows what else.
Who am I?
A very brief bio.
Last updated 10/10/18