science fiction


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.


At last! #scifi #novel

Cover of Astronomicon: DeadlineSorry it’s taken over three years for my latest novel “Deadline” to see the light of day. As of today, it is available all over the world to download from Amazon (or at least all the places where Amazon is available).

It is a standalone novel, set firmly within the Astronomicon universe, but is probably my biggest departure in style so far. Most of my works to date have contained elements of humour, mostly within dialogue, but Deadline is different as the whole novel is written as a humorous, action adventure of a more farcical nature.

It follows two main characters who, for differing reasons, need to get back to Earth from Jupiter before a deadline. The problem is everything around them gets in the way. They never expected to face aliens, space pirates,  agents from a shadowy government organisation and a mystery intruder.

Download your copy from Amazon.


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.