The Beginning


Astronomicon: The Beginning #FREE #SciFi on #Wattpad

Astronomicon 1: The Beginning FREE on WattpadWith well over 50 million people around the world using the Wattpad phone app and even more using the hugely popular website, the sheer amount of fiction read every day  on Wattpad is truly staggering.

It’s a vibrant community and, over the past year, I’ve gathered more followers there than I ever thought possible, let alone likely.

I’m sure that this has been helped, at least in part, by so many people reading Astronomicon 1: The Beginning there. It has been available for free on Wattpad for some months now.

More recently I added Astronomicon 2: Distant Relatives there too. You can read it here for free.

In my experience, Wattpad is just about the best site on the internet for putting readers and writers together. The community there is active and enormous. The atmosphere is friendly and very helpful. There is a wealth of helpful information and advice and  if you’re an author it’s simply the best place to get feedback on your writing. If you need to improve, have plot holes, grammar mistakes or any other flaws in your work,  people will most certainly let you know but there is hardly any anger or malice there at all.

There’s much more there than just fiction. If you’re a writer, there is a vibrant community in the many clubs and forums, and there are many writing competitions open for you to join too. If you need help with any aspect of writing, editing, planning, character design, dialogue, marketing, cover art etc., there’s always someone willing to help or advise.

Get involved and become much better known in the world of fiction.

If you like to read or write fiction, and you haven’t already been to Wattpad, give it a try. It’s a great place to be, completely free and growing all the time.

 


Can you plan too much? #scifi

As most of my works are science fiction, I tend to end up with many scenes set on space craft. Some of these are brief, but in my more recent books space craft have featured more heavily.

View along top of Celtic Conveyor

JHF Celtic Conveyor

Sometimes I’ve sketched out deck plans on paper, detailing just the locations which crop up. This was how I designed the Elysian in Astronomicon: The Beginning and the USS Oppenheimer in Icarus. Other times I have put in some hours constructing detailed 3D models on my laptop. Examples of this are the Icarus from the book of the same name and the Akhena from Astronomicon: Distant Relatives.

The clear advantage of 3D models is that I can try out walking around the different locations, trying out new angles and coming up with ideas that a paper plan just wouldn’t inspire. It gives me a better idea of distances and lines-of-sight, occasionally causing me to use locations I would not have considered otherwise.

Eridani Flagship AkhenaThis doesn’t always go to plan. When I started designing the Eridani flagship, the Akhena, I quickly discovered that I had bitten off far more than I could chew.

The vessel was considerably larger that I could construct myself, so I was forced to limit myself to the important areas that would be used in the novel. The main hangar bay (near the rear of the vessel) was constructed in detail, as were the major corridors and some obvious architectural features such as the gardens. I may have to add to this model in future as the Akhena will be appearing again in a planned future novel.

JHF Celtic Conveyor

JHF Celtic Conveyor (overview)

My most recent work, Deadline, has led me to build my most detailed model yet. Most of the book is set on the Celtic Conveyor so it was necessary to model many of the locations on the ship. Especially as the crew spend much of their time chasing the mysterious alien intruder around the bowels of the ship. I’m also planning for the model to be re-used as the Celtic Conveyor’s sister ship, the Astral Empress. If I can use a model several times, it makes it worth investing a little more time in the construction.

JHF Celtic Conveyor

JHF Celtic Conveyor

With practice, I have got much faster at using the tools and a better judge of what details are important and which can be glossed over or ignored completely. It’s been a fascinating process and allowed me to maintain perfect consistency when characters move about within the vessel.

Now all I need to do is find someone who can render up the models so I can use them on my book covers too.

Icarus Front view 2 - In Space

Icarus – Gecko Class Asteroid Mining Vessel


Unmissable Low Price for 390 Pages of Quality Science Fiction

Astronomicon: The Beginning - Front Cover

After having had over two dozen people request this (some more than once!), I’ve given in and repriced Astronomicon: The Beginning (First book in the epic Astronomicon series) down to just 99c (that’s just 79p in the UK). That low price makes a fantastic  bargain for 390 pages of highly rated, quality science fiction. That’s over 120,000 words.

With only 5 star reviews on GoodReads.com and a 4 star review on Amazon, it has been very well received by readers. Of course I would love to get more reviews, preferably good ones!

I’m not sure yet on how long this offer will run, but I expect to return it to the normal, full price of $3.99 (£2.59 in the UK) at the start of June. I will post more information when I have decided.

Don’t miss out: Download it from Amazon right away.

(This clever link will automatically take you directly to your LOCAL Amazon website).


Want to get Astronomicon: The Beginning for free?

Astronomicon: The Beginning - Front Cover

“3 Space craft, 240 colonists, 25 trillion miles and a discovery that changes everything.”

 

Exciting news! As a key part of the big launch event for Astronomicon: The Beginning, the epic first volume of the Astronomicon series, I will be holding two amazing days where the e-book version will be completely free to download from Amazon for all Kindles and compatibles (Android phones/tablets, Windows computers, MacOS computers and iOS devices).
 

The free days will be the 12th and 13th of June. Don’t worry, I will announce it again closer to the dates and again as the event begins. Use the social network links on the left to follow me to make sure you get the announcements! You don’t want to miss out.

 

This is the final release version of the book, re-edited and repolished, featuring extra material and proper content pages. If you have previously downloaded Astronomicon: Voyage of the Elysian or Astronomicon: The Discovery, then you simply have to get this one.

 

To find out much more about Astronomicon: The Beginning click here.