Five Steps Forward, Three Steps Back is a collection of eight short science fiction and fantasy stories – seven of them first published in the small (but perfectly formed) spec-fic webzine Mythaxis, plus a bonus extra, just because I love you. That’s right: you.

5SF3SB (that’s the book’s cool and trendy social media label, naturally) is available at the filthy cheap price of just one dollar — but I don’t want your money, keep it, I want to give you this for free. So, from now on, everyone who joins my my mailing list will receive a copy as a thank you. And to everyone who’s already on it, the mail’s en route.

Before I leave you to the blurb, I’d like to thank two people. Firstly, Flickr user Georgie Pauwels: for licensing her photography via Creative Commons – just the most recent person whose generosity has made my cover art so much more than it might have been. And secondly, Mythaxis editor Gil Williamson: the first person to publish my work, and who was good enough to write a short foreword for this little collection.

If you read it, and review it, I’ll be thanking you as well…


FIVE STEPS FORWARD, THREE STEPS BACK brings together eight stories by not-currently-best-selling author Andrew Leon Hudson – seven of them published in the small (but perfectly formed) spec-fic webzine “Mythaxis”, plus a bonus extra just because he loves you.

5SF3SB - LARGETaking FIVE STEPS FORWARD, you’ll discover bizarre transformations, first of the mind, then of the body; see the terrible effect of denying ourselves grief, and witness a workers revolution where the machines do the breaking; but first of all, find that the future promises a whole new way to learn about the world – not through the voice of the media, but by the Word of God… sort of.

Taking THREE STEPS BACK, you’ll rediscover the seedy reality of 50s Suburbia; the true fate of history’s greatest romantic; and, finally, confront what awaits us all, be we human or beast.

Catch a glimpse of what lies ahead, and what lay behind

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