Yearly archives: 2011

Illustrations and diagrams

For the second book in the Astronomicon series, I am attempting to develop a new and hopefully useful skill. As well as creating and writing the story, I am going to also going to create suitable diagrams, possibly to be used as illustrations within the book, but more likely to serve as decorations and useful diagrams for this website.

View Across Fish farm - Europa Mining FacilityAs you can see, it is very early days yet, but hopefully I will be able to model some of the key locations within the book and provide a whole new experience for visitors to this website. The diagram above is a view across an underground habitat serving a mining facility on Europa (one of the Galilean moons around Jupiter). The habitat is designed to be mostly self-sufficient, producing its own food and power, whilst protecting the miners living there from the high radiation levels present on the surface.

New lower price for Voyage of the Elysian

Admittedly I am still experimenting to find a good price point for the 1st book in the Astronomicon series.


I cannot deny that most people choose the books they buy more by the name of the author than anything else. Most people have their familiar authors and their favourite authors. Tempting people to buy a book by an author they do not know is very difficult bordering on impossible without other factors coming into play.


To help tackle this problem I have decided to try dropping the price of book 1 on Amazon to the lowest price they allow. Currently that is only $0.99 (or 86p according to Amazon’s version of the exchange rate!)

Book 2 progress report

Things are bound to go slowly over the Christmas period, but writing has gone very well for the past few days. I really think I’ve got a very good chance of finishing the first draft before the end of December. Obviously there’s a lot of editing, checking and proofreading to do, but if the proofreaders and I work hard it should be possible to get it published by the end of January.


Once I’ve got book 2 (The Discovery) to the proofreading stage I’ll consider producing a list of books planned in the series. Regular visitors to this site will already know about “Distant Relatives” but I have another five definite books planned beyond that, and another three loosely planned.

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.