Author Archives: susannahjbell

About susannahjbell

I am a writer of science fiction and other strange and surreal works. I mostly write novels and the occasional novelette. My published works include A Doorway into Ultra, the Fleet Quintet and the Exodus Sequence. I live in London in an attic flat but really want to live in a tree. I wanted to be an astrophysicist but would settle for an alien abduction. I write because I don’t know what to read.

The Fleet Quintet is now the Free Quintet

I’m giving away the first four books I ever published free for the whole of July.  As this is a Smashwords campaign, it means the books can be downloaded onto any device, which is nice.  No faffing about there, then! … Continue reading

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Review: Aggretsuko

I LOVE THIS!  I discovered it last night and watched the first two episodes, brilliantly short at fifteen minutes each – though they felt so much longer, packed as they were with story line. If you’ve been on Mars recently … Continue reading

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Flashing a little fiction

I seemed to have missed the flash fiction train.  It seems to be quite a big thing, particularly online.  Having mastered the art of the humongously long novel and short stories that are actually novelettes, brevity isn’t something that comes … Continue reading

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When music creeps into your writing

It’s ironic that the two most brutish men I’ve ever created should both be associated with tinkly piano music. When writing a novel, I obsessively listen to the same music every day until the book is finished (or I’ve gone … Continue reading

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The sheer utter misery of approaching literary agents: the days of the rejection slip are over

When did literary agents start treating authors like shit?  I’ve spent the better part of 30 years trying to find an agent.  If I’ve failed, it’s because my work was either utter garbage or wrong for that agent.  But there … Continue reading

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An insightful review of Black Panther

Warning:  spoiler alert.  This is an in-depth review that discusses events you may not want to know about if you’re looking for surprises at the cinema. (This is a reblog) BLACK PANTHER REVIEW

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A farewell to Ursula K. Le Guin

I was sorry to hear, this morning, that Ursula Le Guin had died, but relieved that she had lived to a ripe age and had successfully produced a huge body of work.  I’ve read several of her books – not … Continue reading

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