Monthly archives: March 2013

Astronomicon: Icarus new cover art goes live!

Astronomicon: Icarus front cover imageI have previously announced the new artwork for the front cover of Icarus, but now I am pleased to announce that the new cover is now in use on Amazon. Icarus is already selling better than I expected, but this fantastic new cover should be a lot more eye-catching and push sales even higher.


Now what Icarus needs is some reviews on and I get positive feedback from some of my readers (which is always nice to hear!), but never seem to be able to persuade readers to put their comments into an Amazon review.








Easy way to read the 1st two chapters of “Distant Relatives” for FREE

Front cover of Astronomicon: Distant RelativesGood news for Science Fiction fans. Here’s an easy way to read the first two chapters of Astronomicon: Distant Relatives for free. Nothing to download, nothing to install, just read and enjoy both chapters in your webbrowser. It doesn’t get any more straightforward than that!

I’ve decided to use to publish some free chapters. If this turns out to be a popular thing, I will post a few more chapters there, and add my other books too.


Click here to read the free chapters.


Or to find out more about Astronomicon: Distant Relatives.






New cover art for Astronomicon: Icarus

Astronomicon Icarus new cover artI’m really keen to hear what everyone thinks of this. Hopefully it’s the best Astronomicon front cover there has been to date, but I am worried it’s a little cheesy. Of course, cheesy is probably appropriate for a classic style science-fiction novel?


This time, instead of creating the artwork myself, I’ve actually bought commercial rights to use someone else’s fantastic artwork as the main image. The overlayed titles etc. still maintain the exact same style as the previous Astronomicon front covers, so the series continuity is preserved.


The image I’ve chosen perfectly suits one of the early scenes in the novel where the crew of the Icarus Deep Space Mining Vessel are attempting to mine large asteroid when disaster strikes and they are left jumping for their lives.


So, what do you think? Big improvement? Or too cheesy?









Click here to read more about Icarus.










Astronomicon: Icarus is published – Buy it now!

Front Cover of Astronomicon: IcarusIt’s taken a while to get to this stage, a new stricter proof-reading system being the main cause of delay, but Icarus is now available from and


This is the first of the “Astronomicon Universe” books. These books are within the main Astronomicon universe, sharing the same technology, history and races, but do not form part of the ongoing core story. Astronomicon: Icarus can be read as part of the Astronomicon series or on its own as a standalone novel.


Set in 2078, it tells the intriguing story of the deep space mining vessel Icarus and its discovery of a stranded prototype vessel deep within the Trojan asteroid cluster in the orbit of Jupiter. The crew of the Icarus decide to rescue the survivors of the prototype vessel and unwitting become involved in a battle to protect secrets, save lives and escape with their own. Few things are what they appear to be, but will they work everything out in time?


I would love to hear what everyone thinks of this exciting, new novel. I have several more non-core Astronomicon novels in the early planning stages, and it would be excellent to get some feedback before I start work on those properly.