Building a Parallel Society

Man is a social animal. It is the greatest strength and fundamental failing of humanity. Through collaboration and cooperation, humanity has conquered the elements, built wonders that lasted the ages, and explored the deepest oceans and the frontiers of space. By means of manipulation, propaganda, influence, coercion, peer pressure and excommunication, tyrants and their minions […]

A Higher Level of Horror

Over the past month, I was on a horror kick. Aligned with my current work on the Babylon universe, I read stories that occupied the intersection of horror, science fiction and a touch of fantasy. Some were written by up-and-comers, others were penned by Big Names in the traditional (and now indie) space. At the […]

DAWN OF THE BROKEN SWORD is live!

Li Ming is a small-town boy with big dreams. In the era of the Five States and Ten Corporations, the immortals of the jianghu stand head and shoulders above the masses. Li Ming aspires to join their ranks. But the world of the rivers and lakes is fraught with peril. Deception and danger lurk in […]

Dawn of the Broken Sword is Available for Preorder!

Li Ming is a small-town boy with big dreams. In the era of the Five States and Ten Corporations, the immortals of the jianghu stand head and shoulders above the masses. Li Ming aspires to join their ranks. But the world of the rivers and lakes is fraught with peril. Deception and danger lurk in […]

BABYLON BLUES Wins Laterpress 2022 Genre Fiction Contest!

Webserial platform Laterpress has announced the results of its 2022 Genre Fiction contest. I am pleased to announce that BABYLON BLUES is one of the two wining entries in the Completed Books category. BABYLON BLUES began as a webserial collection on Steemit in 2019. Combining cyberpunk and cosmic horror, it was an experimental collection, to […]

A Breather from Vaccine Discrimination

Today, Singapore will lift most vaccine discrimination measures. While it’s welcome news, there remains much to be wary about. By shutting the unvaccinated out from accessing essential services, malls and the workplace, vaccine discrimination measures reduce the unvaccinated to the status of second-class citizens. All the government has done is to return to you most—not […]

Re-Thinking Singapore Writing

The closure of Kinokuniya at JEM leaves just two branches of the iconic Japanese bookstore in Singapore. Neil Humphreys penned a Facebook post describing his thoughts. While I share much of his sentiments, the reality is that the fiction industry has changed. Things are never going to return to the way they used to be. […]

Book Review: CARBON by Andrew Vachss

Cyberpunk. Fantasy. Noir. Blend them together and you get Carbon. Late noir grandmaster Andrew Vachss wrote his Burke novels to expose the horrific reality of child abuse in America. With Carbon, he opened a new front in his crusade against abusers and predators, stepping into the world of science fiction and fantasy. Carbon begins with […]

Reclaim Your Face

Last week, the Singapore government lifted the outdoor mask mandate. It still ‘encourages’ people to wear masks when outside. Nonetheless, as Mothership reports, most Singaporeans still wear masks outdoors. This matches with my own experience. Out on the street, less than one in a hundred people do not wear masks—myself among them. For those of […]

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