Science Fiction Books
The Books: The Jupiter Paradox is now avaialble in all formats.
A sample chapter can be accessed at www.scifi-book.com
All of the books are available on Amazon Kindle, Sony, Kobo, iPad, Nook, Diesel and Blio
The individual books in The Nexus Odyssey are available in paperback from online and high street stores.
Resident Fear has been awarded book of the month on www.sfbook.com for May 2012.
Frankenstein.com is a new release and is the sequel to Resident fear
The kindle format offered the chance to combine all four books in The Nexus Odyssey into a single download. The same applies to the Evilution series. This hopefully gives the reader the choice to try one book or read the sample download for kindle and go for the series.
There are reader reviews on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. There are also editorial reviews of every one of my books on www.sfbook.com . I have posted them on this site but I believe it is more authentic to visit the site of the reviewer, in order to get a feel for the comprehensive nature of this non-profit making facility for science fiction fans. The editor publishes absolutely independent reviews of all sub-genres within science fiction. Like many others, I find this site to be very informative and easy to navigate. It also treats the most famous and fledgling authors in precisely the same way in the reviews, which is a refreshing change.
The three images to the left of the page - Halle's Comet, Birth of the Earth, plus Andromeda and The Milky Way, in their own way provide a tapestry for science fiction stories. Just over a century ago, the Amazonian rainforests were largely unexplored, and this opened the way for tales of mystery and danger. As time has passed and television arrived, we can see all of this from our living room. It has also moved perception to verifiable fact and simultaneously killed the appetite for fictional stories of discovery in the region. The blank tapestry we have for the Cosmos will also become daubed with 'scientific proof of this' and 'mundane data on that', so - we fans of science fiction may gradually have our imaginination bridled by discovery. Hopefully that will not be too soon, as it is fundamental to the genre that speculation and imagination abound. Well, that is my excuse for having an unashamed fascination with what is out there. 'The Nexus Odyssey', which was originally planned as a trilogy, mutated to a four book series, and draws strongly on the fact that it is over forty years since man set foot on the Moon. Such bending of the knee to consumer society and the backlash it currently wields, is a timely reminder that we still know little about our nearest planetary neighbour - the Red planet - despite the plethora of probes and instruments which have been despatched into more distant regions of the solar system. This situation also permits speculation on just how human occupation of another world may affect the macro-political situation on Earth, especially if discoveries tend to conflict with accepted hypotheses.
Apart from it being our nearest planetary neighbour, it is about the same age as Earth. Although it is thought to have lost its atmosphere a long time ago, it could have imported the same kind of organic-bearing cosmic impacts as our planet, at the same time. It is therefore logical that true archeological exploration there may reveal things which instruments and robotic devices have so far failed to uncover.
There is also the fascinating presence of canyons far greater in dimension than the Grand Canyon, especially in depth. This gives a natural starting point for research. West Candor Chasm, for example is almost 2,000 miles long and over 5 miles deep in places. When this is coupled with it being the closest planet and therefore the least costly to explore, it would seem to be a no-brainer to consider manned missions in the not too distant future.
Below there are links to the books on Amazon Kindle US/UK and other ebook readers + Smashwords.
My latest project is described on www.scifi-book.com
Nook Apple Nexus Odyssey Apple Evilution
Apple Initiation Transition Completion Apple Sacred Protocol
Apple Divine Extinction Apple Ice Wars of Dominia
The Book of the Month Review of Resident Fear on www.sfbook.com
is on the book's separate page which is accessed from the menu bar.
Welcome to my website
The site is intended to help familiarise science fiction fans with my work. Currently I have published eleven manuscripts, but only five are actually hard science fiction novels. I cut my teeth on a political satire, which turned out to be a bit of a rant. It did however give me the push to enter the genre in which my interest has always lurked. Great authors such as Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov are to blame for that particular addiction.
I hope that people enjoy my humble attempts at creating stories which are grounded in realism as well as fiction. The books are not in the sub-genre of fantasy. Having retired early, I enjoy exercising my imagination and my physique (running and cycling), although they are not obvious bedfellows.
Born and still living in Northeast England does afford me a stunning environment to ease the pain of pounding the roads, and although there are many unspoilt stretches of coastline, the sea is not often at a welcoming temperature.
I would like to think I will be able to publish more books which are different from those already in print, and feedback is an important aspect for any author. Whether it is favourable or otherwise, it acts as a barometer, and constructive criticism can spur writers to improve, so I welcome comment from readers.
The two series already published are quite different from one another, and indeed the individual books within each series have a different emphasis. Having added a third volume to the Evilution series, I have just published a near future novel involving a potential serial killer. It is set in the Northeast of England and is titled Resident Fear.
I hope the site is informative and again I would welcome input if visitors are motivated to air their suggestions.
In trying to convey my approach to the science fiction series - 'The Nexus Odyssey', I have enlisted the help of images 1,2 and 3. The 'Evilution' series is somewhat different, grappling with the propensity the human race has for self-destruction. A third series is at an conceptual embryonic junction, and such dithering is not very pleasant, hence the stand alone Resident Fear.
1. The Cosmos
is a perfect example of the combined beauty and destructive force which is out there. Celestial harmonics are everywhere, yet our everyday lives and senses only provide an introspective terrestrial context from which we can expand imagination and possible consequences of what is actuallly going on 'above our heads'. The ancients were driven by the perennial rise and set of the sun and moon, which are such an insignificant part of the Cosmos in terms of size, influence or lifespan, but what of the emergence of life and other possible habitats, from which stories may emanate? Comets are often considered as bringers of both life and death.
2. Very Ancient History
Earth is 'Born'
4.5 Billion years ago the planet was a pretty turbulent place, not conducive to supporting life as we know it. However, that does not mean that in the previous 9 billion years since the Big Bang, it had not developed elsewhere. Sentience could have many forms and who knows whether our evolution was affected by ancient viitors? We, the human race may be considered as just a tiny speck in time, as well as inhabiting a domain of infinitessmal significance in the Cosmos.
3. Galaxies in Collision
Andromeda and The Milky Way
The cycle of birth-death-birth is well exemplified by these galaxies being doomed from the moment they were created out of stellar dust. Their mutual destruction will however, give birth to new stars. Nothing can remain unchanged forever, the laws of physics will simply not permit it, in fact they will shedule these events - in the same way the sun will run out of nuclear fuel. how will this cycle be broken or just peter out?