Caldon Mull

Biography

Caldon Mull has had a long publishing career in Technology, and various Game publications under different nom de plumes, and in his own name. He has travelled extensively throughout Africa and Central Asia, and has worked in Antarctica. In this time he has become a sous chef, a therapy counselor, a technician and an consultant for business and military sectors. When he is not currently working in a Technology field, he is usually writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, and looking to expand his Genre work into new directions. He is an unrepentant petrolhead with a weakness for Classic Italian Cars.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, this is going to run on for awhile. I must draw a line in the sand with my first two choices, being Gene Wolf and JRR Tolkien. After that is out of the way, my selections become much more muddied with Philip K. Dick, George R.R. Martin, Isaac Asimov and Anna Kavan in a group around the middle, and have to end my list in no particular order with Andre Norton, Ursula Le Guin, C.J. Cherryh and John Brunner.
They come and go, obviously, but those are the most persistent ones.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural South Africa, in and around Zululand and then moved into the city when I was in my teens. The oral culture of the surrounding areas meant that literacy was a very rare thing, and for entertainment when I was still a boy we would sit around and tell stories around a fire. As our family moved around a lot, I found that this practice became less and less common as I reached my teens, and thus I determined to start writing down some of the stories and remember them that way, in case I ever forgot. After awhile, I found myself writing stories I had not heard before because I had stories to tell and no one to tell them to.

The primary influence this would have in my later writing, would be in the dialogue of my characters where I have tried to keep the conversation as real and as close to what someone would actually say. Whether the characters are right or wrong in their assumptions, their 'voice' is more important to me in getting the characterisation as accurate as possible.
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Where to find Caldon Mull online

Series

Sol Senate Cycle - Diaspora
Humanity has spread beyond the planet Earth, into the solar system and beyond to the Seeded Worlds. They call these movements 'Diaspora' and it began with the Twenty Second Century Ecliptic Emigrant Trail through the Solar System. Initially the Trail lead only to Luna and Mars, but the ever-harsher conditions on Earth pushed to the Giant Planets and their moons; and then beyond to other Star Systems. In all these places where Humanity has placed new footprints, ordinary people live ordinary lives. 'Diaspora' is a chronicle of these people; fresh tales from places that do not yet exist. The Earth broils, abandoned, within the Holocene Thermal Maximum; but elsewhere human beings, trans-human beings, synthetic beings, and Artificial Intelligence struggle with the mundane pursuits of surviving and thriving. The 'Diaspora' are these people's stories, where-ever they may be.
Weatherman
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Ferryman
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The Smithereens
The Smithereens are Collections of Short Fiction and Novellas spanning four decades of work, one from each decade through the compilation volumes. The range of Caldon Mull's work through his Genre-hopping career spans Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Literary Fiction, New Weird, Urban Fantasy, Transgressive Fiction and any number of slipstream works.
Shards
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Fragments
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Talus
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Sol Senate Cycle - Future History
Humanity has spread through the Solar System. They have fled a hostile Earth climate boiling with pathogens and massive climate change events that ran amok, starting in the 21st Century. The pitifully few survivors are barely above extinction levels... yet they persevere. These are the Tales of this time: a History of the Solar System and the people who live in their time. The Future History is the first section of the Sol Senate Cycle, focusing on the home star of Sol and the Planetary Senators over the next millennium of Human History.
The Estuary Tales
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The Sphinx
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The Folk and The Shellmen
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Memestalk
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Terraform Triptych
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The Agency Tales
The Saga of the Numinous Constraint Agency; the Missions, the Staff and the struggle of maintaining a multi-dimensional organization. Lead by Arteus the Faun, the Agency operates out of Brigadoon and calls on the combined talents of Angels, Demi-Gods, Giants, Amazons, specially-skilled humans and other paranormal allies as they cross time and space to maintain balance in the Cosmos.
The Memoirs of a Faun
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Omnipresent Occultation
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Mirrored Myrrh
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Books

Ferryman
Series: Sol Senate Cycle - Diaspora. Pre-release—available June 7, 2020. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,660. Language: English (South African dialect). Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Digital Twins are big business. It is 2450AD and the Sol Senate desperately needs something that is in critically short supply to sustain itself and its technologies: actual human beings. Digital Twins are supposed to be exact copies of human minds, but are they really? Xe! is a Ferryman collecting and dispatching digital packages in the Lightscape from the outpost at Sedna. This is its' story.
Weatherman
Series: Sol Senate Cycle - Diaspora. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 31,890. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
It is 2226AD and it's Autumn on Mars. The 3rd Fleet of the InSystems has landed and brought new technologies with them to aid the Terraforming that the 1st Fleet and the 2nd Fleet began since Earth-flight. Mars_Starmind runs the Mars Channel Network and owns almost all the contracts of the cyber-enhanced InSystems culture. Esteban Perez is the MCN Weatherman but is he just another MCN machine cog?
Talus
Series: The Smithereens, Book 3. Price: $3.99 $1.60 USD. (60% off!) Words: 58,140. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Talus is an Anthology of five Short Stories from the pen of Caldon Mull and spans four decades of writing, one short story from each decade, and a Novella. Talus is the last volume of these four decades in The Smithereens series. The Stories include Portmanteau and Jamais Vu, Dancers, Ifrit and Neid-Fire.
Triskele
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 7,800. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
The Numinous Constraint Agency attempts to maintain balance in the Multiverse. Sometimes these missions require the NCA Agents to investigate forgotten mysteries. Cualli the Brujah has been sent to investigate the ancient and mysterious Triskele and service his needs. The Brujah has a fair idea of what these are and is prepared to go the full distance, especially if Triskele is indeed a Minotaur.
Terraform Triptych
Series: Sol Senate Cycle - Future History. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 20,690. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
It is 2425AD and media personality Winston Starlight needs another big hit to revive his centuries long career. Sol Senators have been notoriously difficult to interview, so when Mars Senator Spenser agrees to a three-part broadcast retrospective on his Luna, Mars and Titania projects, Winston can barely contain his pixels. Sol Senators are big news. Winston has big plans for this broadcast.
Memestalk
Series: Sol Senate Cycle - Future History. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 25,170. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: January 20, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Nadia Oliphant has the case of her life ahead of her, dragged from her semi-retirement by a desperate EarthGov and conscripted to investigate and solve the Memestalk Plague. Nadia would much rather sit and watch the sunsets from her Namaqualand home, amidst all of the catastrophic climate change disrupting the Earth's political and economic systems. Nadia consents when the Memestalk gets personal.
Neid-Fire
Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 20,190. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Corentin and Armel are cousins on a gap year to spend the summer months cleaning up their Great-Aunt's Farm in the Brittany Forest. Helen has been asking the men in her family for years to come through and tend to the acreage, but their local family feud in the South African Wine-lands has interfered with her wishes. The young men return to their ancestral home to discover their strange past.
The Folk and The Shellmen
Series: Sol Senate Cycle - Future History. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 24,150. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(5.00 from 1 review)
In 2230AD, EarthGov launches the SS Kristos on a mission to explore the ancient Arcturus system on a 167-year round trip. The launch is a proof-of-concept of Humanities technologies, steered by GovSec stalwart Captain Damien Justin. For The Senate celebrity-couple Haroun and Jenny, First Contact with an ancient, technologically sophisticated alien society was unexpected. This is that story.
Mirrored Myrrh
Series: The Agency Tales, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 55,470. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Mirrored Myrrh is the latest in the annals from the Agents of the Numinous Constraint Agency. The Novel describes the missions called 'Secular Solipsism', 'Attitude Adjustment' and 'Irreducible Complexity', in which the Staff of the Agency rescue a dying dimension, save Dublin from a sinister plot against the Bay and Queen Victoria in 1861 and help install a Sixth Spiritual Sun, the Nahui Xochitl.
Fragments
Series: The Smithereens, Book 2. Price: $3.99 $1.60 USD. (60% off!) Words: 69,120. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: July 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Fragments is an Anthology of five Short Stories from the pen of Caldon Mull and spans four decades of writing. The Stories include: Inferno, Fragments of Morning, Lawman, No heart for the matter; and The Folk and the Shellmen.
Omnipresent Occultation
Series: The Agency Tales, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 83,840. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Omnipresent Occultation is the latest in the annals of the Agents of the Numinous Constraint Agency. The Novel describes the missions called 'Swan and Song', 'El D'Or Dieux' and 'Stone and Flute', and spotlights the relationship between the Demi-god Octavian Rusta Barca, the mortal ex-CIA Agent Vernon Duke and the contrary Giant Argus Panoptes.
Shards
Series: The Smithereens, Book 1. Price: $3.99 $1.60 USD. (60% off!) Words: 63,830. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Shards is an Anthology of five Short Stories from the pen of Caldon Mull and spans four decades of writing. The Stories include The Tale of Arc1 and Core 3, All the Bright Children, Shards, The Garden Sea, and Swan and Song.
The Sphinx
Series: Sol Senate Cycle - Future History. Price: $4.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 156,360. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: February 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
The Sphinx is a Future History, an extrapolation into the next five hundred years of human history, and focuses on the narrative of Greg Summer50, a young Venusian conscripted into the GovSec Symbols Project. Augmented with Psionic ability, The Sphinx is thrust into the Arena of The Sol Senate as an unwitting tool of GovSec Ambition. A stand alone, yet complimentary book to The Estuary Tales.
The Memoirs of a Faun
Series: The Agency Tales, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 67,480. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
The Memoirs of an eighth-dimensional creature don't fall into your lap every day by coincidence. If your name is Argus, a handsome, creative and capable Titan, worthy of promotion ahead of that Angel guy, the Demi-god and the upstart human, you can read them. Besides, nobody said not to read them, nobody said not to send them to that mortal publisher, so why the fuss?
The Estuary Tales
Series: Sol Senate Cycle - Future History. Price: $4.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 148,140. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: November 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
The Estuary Tales is a Future History, an extrapolation into the next five hundred years of human history, with each century represented by a point of view character. The snapshots taken of their lives and their hopes and dreams unfold against the backdrop of climate change, economic collapse, dread disease, meteor impacts and the mass extinctions that dog us. These are their stories.
Storyville
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 204,400. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Andy is an extremely traumatized young man at the lowest point in his life, isolated and alone in the fringes of society in a small rural town, discarded by his fiancé. Realizing he has no place to go but down from there, Andy begins to rebuild his life in sexually explicit stages and to deal with the issues that have beset him, and battles to face his personal demons with any help he can get.

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