Behemoth


What to do when your technology guesses are disproved?   Recently updated !

Technology in Astronomicon: The BeginningTechnology is always a pain for writers of hard science fiction. We need it, a lot of it and often it is key to the storyline. Like most hard sci-fi writers I put a lot of time and effort into researching science and technology to make as accurate a guess at the future as I can. Sometimes we get it right but, often, we get it wrong.

Time is our enemy. The more time passes the more science and technology advance, leaving our best, educated guesses in danger of being proved wrong.

I wrote Astronomicon: The Beginning something like 20 years ago and much of the technology I included has held up well. Some things, however, have not. Now, this isn’t usually much of a problem because the vast majority of readers take the age of the book into account. The same goes for movies; who stops watching Blade Runner because it completely missed mobile phones or in 2017 (Blade Runner is set just two years from now) we simply don’t have flying cars?

My situation is a little different and becoming increasingly awkward. I’m in the process (and it’s a LONG process) of rewriting the first novel in the Astronomicon series in a serious attempt to bring it up to my current level of writing an correct the flaws in my technology predictions. Being the first in the series, I can’t just get rid of it or write it off as not worth the effort. It’s how many readers get into my universe and simply must be representative of the other novels.

The Elysian, the main spacecraft in the story, will undergo a complete design change to bring it into sync with the much improved and more realistic version currently used in Behemoth. That will have a significant impact on the book, mostly in terms of descriptions and character navigation. Nothing fatal there. Some of the minor characters will change a little and gain some depth. Again, nothing fatal. Things get awkward with the technology used to communicate with Earth. When I planned the novel over two decades ago, I went for Quantum Entanglement as the medium but now we know that just would not work.

The problem is, there just isn’t any viable way to communicate between stars without being limited by that pesky speed of light restriction. That makes a big chunk of the plot completely impossible. So, when I rewrite the book, do I keep in a chain of events which cannot be justified, maybe by making up some fantasy technology (which is hardly hard sci-fi) or do I rip out the relevant chunks of the story and then attempt to come up with some other idea as a reason for the characters wanting to do what they do? As I write this, neither option seems like a good solution.


New chapter of Behemoth (#scifi novel) out today

Behemoth Cover Art

I’m pleased to announce that everything is still very much on schedule with Astronomicon: Behemoth and I’ve posted another chapter today. It’s hard work writing (editing, proofreading, polishing etc.) a new chapter every week while working a full-time job and raising my three kids. Definitely a new challenge for me, but it’s forcing me to write more regularly and in a slightly different style – both things that are good experience for me.

The only problem I’m running into is that the story may well prove to be too big for a single novel. After reassessing my planning notes, I am strongly considering splitting the story into three novels. I believe that would work better than one VERY large novel.

Don’t miss out! – See Behemoth on Wattpad (Chapters 1-14) or on the RadishFiction app (Chapters 1-20) on your Android or iOS device. 


Behemoth takes off! #scifi

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.

It turns out that getting existing readers to try out a new site or app to read another instalment of my Astronomicon story is extremely tricky. Behemoth is an experiment for me, both in terms of style (rigid chapters lengths and regular new chapters) and location (RadishFiction’s popular new app).

It’s gaining new readers every day and the overwhelming majority of those are reading every chapter as they become available. The support has been much more apparent there than it was back on Wattpad. I’m gaining readers on RadishFiction faster than ever so I’m very happy about that too.

Getting more readers for Behemoth sounds easy. After all, I have 27K followers on Wattpad and almost 12K on Twitter (plus more on Google+ etc.). It should just be a matter of posting a few messages informing all my followers of the new work and hundreds or, maybe even, thousands of them will give it a try. The problem is they don’t. As far as I can tell, fewer than ten of my Wattpad followers have given Behemoth a try on RadishFiction and even fewer from Twitter. 

So, my big challenge for the last few months of 2017 will be to persuade at least 5% of my followers on other sites to give Behemoth a try on RadishFiction.

In the meantime, 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 6 chapters behind Radish and that difference will increase over time.

 

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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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