JJ’s Galactic Musings – GeyserCon and Stranger Things

Welcome to the galaxy! I’m J J Mathews, New Zealand science fiction author and dreamer of alien worlds. Whoop! I’m headed to GeyserCon at the end of May!  What is GeyserCon? It’s the 40th annual NZ Science Fiction and Fantasy convention, which is being held in Rotorua this year between May 31-June...

JJ’s Galactic Musings – A note on Taylor Neeran

Excerpt from the postscript of Illiya – Taylor Neeran Chronicles #1. Insights into the creation of the book series, and the development of Taylor’s character. Taylor Alice Neeran. That girl has been no end of trouble for me. With the first review draft, Taylor was unbearable. Annoying, selfish, childish...

JJ’s Galactic Musings – What makes a story readable?

Welcome to the galaxy! I’m J J Mathews, New Zealand science fiction author and dreamer of alien worlds. This month we’re doing some Time Travel – with reflections on books, from shiny and new to very old: what makes a story readable – or not? The following is a...

JJ’s Galactic Musings – Terrorist attacks in Christchurch (not fiction)

Welcome to the galaxy! I’m J J Mathews, New Zealand science fiction author and dreamer of alien worlds. This unplanned newsletter brings us heart-wrenchingly back from the enjoyable mental explorations of science fiction to a very real, senseless human tragedy that struck all too close to home. New Zealand has long prided itself...

JJ’s Galactic Musings – Orion, the Hunter

Welcome to the galaxy! I’m J J Mathews, New Zealand science fiction author and dreamer of alien worlds. Last month we had a peek at the forces of nature on our own planet, so this month we swing the telescope back out towards the stars, to have a look...

JJ’s Galactic Musings – Exploring our planet

Welcome to the galaxy! I’m J J Mathews, New Zealand science fiction author and dreamer of alien worlds. Our focus this month is more ‘down to Earth’, but with references to our celestial neighbours as we examine some of the forces of nature that affect our home world. February is...

JJ’s Galactic Musings – New book release

Welcome to the galaxy! I’m J J Mathews, New Zealand science fiction author and dreamer of alien worlds. Since New Years Eve it has been dry, not and mostly sunny here in the North Island of New Zealand. December (and November) were pretty wet months, which tends to be the...

Intercession is now available!

Intercession is now available on Kindle (ISBN 78-0995103450) and in Paperback (ISBN 978-0995103467). Published: January 11, 2019. Intercession – Taylor Neeran Chronicles #3 AD 3486 Things are changing on the idyllic planet known by the primitive inhabitants simply as Aeden. Well, it had been idyllic. Reapers had come to...