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.

New front cover art for “Those Left Behind”

Those Left Behind - front cover artIt’s not only vitally important for a book cover to be eye-catching. It’s also critical that it works well and remains clear when displayed at a huge variety of sizes. The previous cover for Astronomicon: Those Left Behind did not fulfil either of those aims properly.

The image itself was excellent, a huge, planetary scale detonation viewed from orbit, but the layout of the titles was just too small and cluttered to work at smaller sizes.

The new design, shown above, works right down to thumbnail size, has more visual impact and generally looks more polished. I hope you all like it.

You may notice that I have also tweaked the colour-scheme and texture of the font used for the titles. The font itself is too good to lose, but I have felt for a while now that the gold colour was simply too vibrant. It may have been eye-catching, but it was straying into tacky. Hopefully the new finish is a little more tasteful and has a more dramatic feel to it. Of course now I’m going to have to modify all my other book covers to match and the title banner of this website too!

Deadline Update (#scifi #humour)

This long awaited Astronomicon novel is now in the final stages of preparation for release. The “final” draft version has come back from my trusty proofreaders and many minor changes and corrections have been completed. It’s currently undergoing what should be the final serious edit.

Deadline Front Cover previewAs soon as Deadline comes back and I complete any changes required, it will go out to proof readers for one final time before hitting the shelves of Amazon and Smashwords. Within a couple of weeks of appearing in Smashwords, their system will ensure it appears on iTunes,  Nook and many other formats.

I thought you might all like to see the prototype of the latest cover design (above). The space craft depicted is the primary location for most of the action within Deadline, but this is a very early rendering. We need to add a lot more detail and sort out the lighting before it becomes the published cover. In case you haven’t recognised it, the backdrop is a close up of Jupiter

It’s going to be a fascinating experience to see how my existing readers, and any new readers, react to the multiple levels of humour within the book. My previous novels have usually contained some dialogue humour, mostly around characters teasing or making fun of each other, but Deadline is my first proper foray into a humour driven story, funny events and light-hearted characters.

Deadline Progress

Front cover design for Astronomicon DeadlineAstronomicon: Deadline is taking a while to write. There are several reasons for this, not least the recent complete revamp and re-release of Astronomicon: Distant Relatives.

The main delaying. factor has been the genre change I’m experimenting with. Don’t worry, it’s still very much science fiction in the classic sense but this is my first venture into comedy. It’s set in the same universe and with the same technology as the other Astronomicon books,  but I realised right from the early stages of planning that the plot would lend itself wonderfully to a more humorous style.

This complicates the writing somewhat as not only am I worried about pacing the events in the plot, but also pacing several levels of humour around those events. That’s a whole new experience for me.

Chapters 1 to 32 are now complete (pending editing by my editor) and, according to my current plan, I have seven chapters to go. My aim is to get writing complete before the end of August.

Thank you for your patience. I’ll keep you posted.

Home of the Astronomicon Series of Sci-Fi Novels