Welcome to the centre of the Astronomicon Universe

3 Astronomicon booksYou have found the official home of the Astronomicon series of scifi novels. Four novels have been published and a fifth is on the way. This epic series charts the progress of the human race from early interstellar exploration, through political upheavals, subterfuge, first contact, interstellar wars and even the reason for our existence.

Use the left menu to see  each of the Astronomicon books, reviews and more. Please feel free to ask any questions, I will attempt to answer them all!

Back in 2011 I published the 1st volume of the series, Astronomicon: The Beginning on Amazon.  The 2nd volume, Astronomicon: Distant Relatives followed just the following year, also on Amazon. The 3rd  instalment, a prequel to the previous two books,  Astronomicon: Those Left Behind, was published in July 2013. In 2012, the first spin-off book set within the Astronomicon universe was published: Astronomicon: Icarus (also available on Amazon). More books are in development, with plans for six further Astronomicon books but writing all of them is going to take some time. This site is the best way to keep up with my progress or, if you prefer, use the social media links on the left side of this page and follow my progress.

Thank you for your support, especially to the rapidly growing number of people who have purchased my books.

Paul.


Behemoth Progress Report

Behemoth LogoThe crew of interstellar colonisation vessel Arcadian awake from hibernation to discover that they are lost, the drive system has shut down and they have no idea what has gone wrong. A mysterious adventure in an alien environment ensues as the colonists explore and attempt to escape alive.

Well, it’s been a very slow start and there’s still a long way to go, but there is some momentum building at last. I have to admit that about a month ago I considered dropping the entire Behemoth project as there seemed to be very little interest in it from my readers. It’s so hard to write when you think no-one wants to read it.

However, this month has seen a definite upwards jump in the number of readers and my subscriber count on RadishFiction has more than doubled! Better still, there is now a growing core of enthusiastic supporter who download and read every chapter as soon as they are posted on the app. That is great for me and really encourages me to keep going.

So with renewed enthusiasm, I’m going to keep writing Behemoth and posting weekly exciting chapters on RadishFiction. If you don’t already have the app, it’s free on both Android and Apple devices. Just search for my name or Behemoth in the app and you can begin reading right away.

Also, if like me, you’re one of the growing number of people who don’t have either of those, you can read it on Wattpad too. I have to warn you that Wattpad is currently running 5 chapters behind Radish.

 

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Just A Minor Malfunction #scifi Magazine Issue #3

I’m very pleased to announce that I succeeded in getting another of my science fiction short stories into Just Another Minor Malfunction magazine, this time the third issue. Woohoo! Having got stories into two out of three issues, I’m going to try again for issue four.

Just a Minor Malfunction Magazine Cover #3The great news for you is that JAMM magazine only costs 99p/99c per issue from your local Amazon website. As Amazon supports almost all devices (including PC, Mac, Kindle, Android, Windows Mobile, iPad, iPhone etc.) you are sure to be able to download and read it.

The magazine contains 13 carefully selected, professionally-edited short stories. One of these is my story “Link”, exploring the unforeseen and potentially terrifying implications of implanting communication devices directly into the skulls of soldiers.

 

Please support this growing science fiction magazine. Don’t forget you can download a free sample from Amazon to try before you buy. But the whole magazine is justs 99p  – that’s less than 8p per story – so I think you can afford to take a risk on this one. You won’t regret it.


Astronomicon: Behemoth Launch Announcement

Behemoth Cover ArtThose Astronomicon fans who would like to find out just what happened to the Arcadian (sister vessel to colonisation vessel Elysian in Astronomicon Book 1) are going to love this Astronomicon spin-off series. Find out why the crew were woken months early from their cryonic sleep and why they did not arrive in the Proxima Centauri star system. Follow their adventure as they unravel a mystery bigger than any of them could expect!

 

BIG LAUNCH:  9 pm GMT (8 pm UTC) on 23rd May.

 

It will be available via the RadishFiction App available on Android devices and iOS devices (iPhone/iPad). A web version (accessible on most devices) will be appearing in future (date to be confirmed). Chapters will still be appearing on Wattpad but four weeks later.


Cover reveal for Behemoth

With only a day or two to go before the big launch, I have decided to reveal the front cover art for Astronomicon: Behemoth.

Behemoth Cover Art

I’ve always felt that designing book covers is a struggle for me, but I think I’ve come up with a few good ones over the years. This one has been particularly difficult as the entire novel is based around a total mystery. I don’t want to reveal locations or events on the cover and, for reasons I also can’t reveal, I also don’t want to reveal any spacecraft designs.

Books covers where people are the main focus have a strong tendency to be far too cheesy, especially in science fiction. This left me with the challenge of creating an eye-catching, memorable and mysterious cover which also displays a level of quality without any content on it.

Another important factor with this design is the requirement for it to work at a full range of sizes from 2000 pixels all the way down to 64 pixels and in square, rectangular and round shapes. That means no important details near the edges and definitely not in the corners.

Anyway, I hope you like it. I’ll be announcing the launch date for Behemoth later on Monday.