Reading Journal | 2016

List of books I've read so far in 2016. oakley-reading-journal-20-10-2016 # Title Author Completed Pages Rating 1305 Cat and Mouse Günter Grass 03/01/2016 135 6 1306 Pierre and Jean Guy de Maupassant 04/01/2016 176 7 1307 Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates 12/01/2016 102 2 1308 Adam, One Afternoon Italo Calvino 12/01/2016 194 7…Read more Reading Journal | 2016



Frisson, a science fiction short about three thrill-seekers who find themselves adrift thousands of light years from civilization.   Frisson Nicholas P. Oakley   Serge peeled the dust-caked suit off, wriggling his feet free of the skin-tight membrane. He flung it carelessly into the locker, thumbing a button to begin the cleaning cycle. He turned…Read more Frisson



A science fiction short about a disgruntled poet tasked with making a barren world on the outer edge of civilization appeal to the intergalactic tourist.       Haven Nicholas P. Oakley Carek Tullor tugged at his wispy beard and heaved out a sigh. The latest Theok Prime brochure was spread out in all of…Read more Haven


Interview of Zethién M’ro

A science fiction short where a former gild trader, or slaver, is interviewed about his previous involvement in the trafficking trade. //   Interview of Zethién M’ro, Former Slaver (48 A.R.)   Zethién M’ro: I tell this only because I am forced to by the Reconciliation Commission and they have threatened to take my ribbondrive…Read more Interview of Zethién M’ro

Tasty Alien

What if the aliens are tasty?

This story was first published in Andromeda Spaceways Issue #59, in April 2014. Reposted here because it is one of my favourites. What if the aliens are tasty? Nicholas P. Oakley [Extract from the Helo-8 Xenoetiquette Manual, First Contact Guidelines, Vol. IV, ‘Troubleshooting and Less Common First Contact Problems’, Sections 600.1 - 1294.9, Fifteenth Imprint]…Read more What if the aliens are tasty?


Villain, Smiling

I have a new book out, available as ebook and paperback via Amazon. A man's wife and children are missing. His life is in pieces. Then, he receives a chilling note. Their abductor has been gaslighting the family for months; manipulating their lives from the shadows, pushing them to the edge of madness. The note…Read more Villain, Smiling