Mike Reeves-McMillan

Mike Reeves-McMillan

Good Neighbours & Other Stories

Theme-Thology: Invasion

Theme-Thology: New Myths

Theme-Thology: Real World Unreal

Theme-Thology: Mad Science


Mike Reeves-McMillan has a black belt, which holds up his trousers. He's not sure why authors make such a big deal of these, but they are certainly convenient, trouserwise.
For someone with an English degree, he's spent a surprising amount of time wearing a hard hat. He's also studied ritualmaking, hypnotherapy and health science.
Mike writes strange worlds that people want to live in. He himself lives in Auckland, New Zealand, surrounded by trees.

Other Books by Mike

Realmgolds the main story of which "Not Like Us" forms a side story:
Short summary:
A reluctant young ruler must stand up against a bigoted populist and be the leader his people need, with the help of his more experienced ally.
Long summary:
The Human Purity movement is growing in power and influence in Denning, attacking dwarf businesses and caravans and inciting popular rebellion against the central government, with the passive or active support of many of the ruling Golds.
Opposing them almost alone is the Realmgold, a young man named Determined. His problem is that, even though the Realmgold is meant to be in charge, nobody is paying much attention to him.
Victory, who rules neighbouring Koskant, would love to support Determined, but an ancient magical treaty between their realms means she can't send in her troops, her skyboats or her pressure guns. What she can do, though, is share a new magical communications technology ‐ and her elite corps of Gryphon Clerks.
City of Masks
Short Summary:
Imagine that G.K. Chesterton and Alexandre Dumas collaborated on an adaptation of Pepys' diary into a serial killer mystery, set in a mad version of Shakespeare's Italy (complete with twins).
Long Summary:
In the city-state of Bonvidaeo, by custom and law everyone must wear a mask and act in character with it, or face civil, social and religious penalties.
Gregorius Bass is sent to Bonvidaeo as the Envoy of Calaria, primarily to get him out from underfoot. Masked as the Innocent Man, and in the company of his radical young Bonvidaoan servant, Bass stumbles into mystery, intrigue, heresy and murder.
Short Summary:
Gu is a standalone post-cyberpunk science fiction novella, more or less in the style of Charles Stross.
Long Summary:
Gu is the Protean substance, the last industrial product, the stuff that can be anything, can morph into any shape. Susan Halwaz, the famous maker of digital-experience documentaries, is tracing the human story of the development of Gu. You experience this story through her eyes and the eyes of the people she interviews.
Hope and the Clever Man
Short summary: A young mage and an eccentric inventor create a disruptive technology which helps end one war and start another.
Long summary: An act of powerful magic in a moment of rage almost destroys Hope's magical career before it starts, leaving her more determined than ever to prove her worth. Her chance comes when she's assigned to work for the eccentric inventor known as the Clever Man. The magical technology they create together could change the course of a war and help an oppressed people plan their revolution, but wealthy and powerful interests will fight to put it down any way they can.
Hope and the Patient Man
Short summary:
A love story, with engineering. About – and for – smart, nerdy women and the men who adore them.
Long summary:
When a promising date ends in head trauma and ruined trousers, Hope must confront the curse she accidentally placed on herself at the end of her first relationship. But can she do so while also qualifying as a Senior Mage, solving the mystery of her parents' toxic marriage, and helping two awkward friends communicate ‐ all while periodically blacking out?
Good Neighbours
Short summary:
Twelve stories, some of them linked to my other projects, some from Theme-Thology, some stand alone.