If ever you need an adventurer, here’s where he is!

Dear reader!

I am not sorry for shouting! There is a new book available!

Wanted: adventurer

In this sequel to “Wanted: hero” we follow Sabas and his alien bride Reny as they are looking for their own home. When they receive an invitation to visit the Souverein and his family again, they are immediately up for the journey there. A concert and meeting someone who works in a library are the starting points for an adventure into an area on Nilib-6 that Sabas has never heard of. Remarkable encounters and unexpected discoveries are the fast paced elements of this new trip for the two. Will they ever get home? Why do they go up in the air? And will Sabas and Reny succeed in becoming parents? You can find the answer to these and more questions in “Wanted: adventurer”.

Much time has passed for this one.

It took me a  long time to write this book. That’s the problem with a head full of ideas and projects, a job outside writing and several other things concerning this oddity called ‘life’.

I hope you will appreciate this book. I loved writing it and exploring the world of Nillib-6 for you. Follow in the footsteps of our heroes and spend some time in Oldness with them. If you don’t know where that is, take the next shuttle out there!

Where can you find it?

The e-book is available at Smashwords, Amazon, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.nl, Amazon.it, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es, Amazon.ca, Amazon.au, Barnes&Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo.

Unfortunately the paperback is still in the making. I’ll let you know when that’s available; I know there are still many people who prefer a paper book over an e-book, which I understand entirely!

Paul

Wanted: waiting people. Do you feel adventurous?

Greetings, dear reader!

Are you one of the people who’ve been waiting for the sequel to the adventures of Sabas and Reny who so bravely fought the Lergesh on Nilib-6? Let me bring you some good news:

The wait is almost over!

With gratitude to Renée Barratt for yet an excellent cover, I am proud to announce that “Wanted: adventurer” is being prepared for publication. The plan is to have the e-book out there on the first day of December of this year at all the usual gathering places like Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and so forth.

As usual the paperback will take a little longer, the more as I’ve decided to change printers for the Wanted-books.

If you want to know what this new book is about, read on:

In this sequel to “Wanted: hero” we follow Sabas and his alien bride Reny as they are looking for their own home. When they receive an invitation to visit the Souverein and his family again, they are immediately up for the journey there.

A concert and meeting someone who works in a library are the starting points for an adventure into an area on Nilib-6 that Sabas has never heard of. Remarkable encounters and unexpected discoveries are the fast paced elements of this new trip for the two.

Will they ever get home? Why do they go up in the air? And will Sabas and Reny succeed in becoming parents? You can find the answer to these and more questions in “Wanted: adventurer”.

An amazing bout of energy in the early morning

Yes, amazing bouts of energy…

Earlt morning sky

This was what I saw when I got up. I admit, it’s not the time for normal people to get up but then, I’ve never claimed to be one of those. I took this picture at 4:23 in the Ante Meridian, also know as silly o’clock.

There were two reasons to be up this early. One was an incredible amount of sirens around 4am. That hardly ever happens here so something big (bad…) must have happened. I still don’t know what the upheaval was.

The other reason was that I was awake, which is as good a reason as any to get up. I like getting up early. It gives me views as the picture above.

Wanted: adventurer

I’m still working on getting all the edits for that in place. Carol’s been working very hard to locate every typo and mistake I carefully hid in the text. She’s doing an extraordinary job at nit picking so I may have to find some better nits…

Wanted: hero “Wanted: adventurer” is, as you may have guessed, the sequel to “Wanted: hero“. At first I was very reluctant about writing this second book, but comments and gentle pressure from some sides made me give in. It’s better to start a new book with all your fingers attached to the proper hands to write it, trust me.

And so this book is becoming a reality. The cover is still underway but I hope to see that soon(ish). There’s still enough work to do on this book. This morning I sat myself down and worked out more three chapters with edits. That inevitably resulted in some changes, tweaks and other adjustments, but all for the greater glory of Sabas and Reny.

I have 8 more chapters to go through, then I’m putting the book aside again and read it from start to end, to see if there’s anything that still needs a wiggle.

And that’s about it for this tiny update.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Paul

Do you remember Sandy?

Dear reader,

A Girl Named SandyLong time ago, in March 2014, I published a book called “A girl named Sandy“. Until this day I still consider this one of my best books.

The story has an open ending. Somehow that just happened. Of course this begs for a sequel. A few people mentioned that to me also, which is understandable. Who doesn’t want to know what happens to Sandy and Paul after everything they went though?

At some point in 2015 I started writing a sequel. The start of that looked promising but the further the story progressed, the more I lost interest. It wasn’t what I was looking for. After a few more attempts to revive the story I thought, “Bugger this. This isn’t going to work.” And so I left the not even half complete manuscript lying around on a hard disk where it refused to collect dust. (This is because hard disks are made to be dust free.)

 

Now, fast forward from 2015 to the start of this week.

On the way to work (yes, your favourite author still has a daytime job to manage the bills and such) I sat thinking about a world that’s not just Science Fiction and not just Fantasy but an intriguing mix of the two.

Can you see it in your mind already? You can?? Let me see! Oh, right. That’s interesting enough but… 😉

Grimalkin, a.k.a. Grim

Anyways, that idea popped back into my head when I was out doing some grocery shopping today (don’t ask me how my mind works, I don’t know either but it gets me through the days) and then I remember the dustless manuscript of the Sandy sequel. And a star was born! Or at least an idea. I shall retire the entire failed manuscript and start from scratch. (Hmm, suddenly one of my cats comes along for a scratch. Is she reading along here?)

So, to everyone who’s looking forward to a sequel to Sandy, there might actually be one someday. Don’t expect it to be out soon, though, Carol and I are still working on the sequel to “Wanted: hero” and there are some other things on the stove. (Why do I think of Hilda’s kitchen now?) But it’s definitely maybe going to happen!

Book review. The Jakkattu Vector

Title: The Jakkattu Vector
Author: Pavarti K. Tyler
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 5 of 5

When the world has been messed up by the best of the best, there’s not much to hope for, it seems. Until help from outer space arrives. But is it really help? Do these beings really want the best for what remains of Earth’s population?

I love this book. It has a great pace and fascinating characters that live in an amazing world. Sabaal and Julip, two characters from the story, rock.

Well done, Pavarti. I’ m looking forward to more of your books.

Why would someone limit science fiction?

Dear reader,

A while ago I received a mail from someone who had read one of my scifi stories and the sender of that mail told me the story wasn’t science fiction.

My first reaction was “what?”.

The sender claimed that there were too many aliens in the story, an impossible way of travelling between worlds and hardly any science – if any at all. According to this person the book was fantasy, not scifi.

The book in question, ‘Wanted: hero’, doesn’t deal with any science that we know, and yes, it involves aliens. Stating that this is not science fiction however is going too far for me. After all, in the book there is a scientific laboratory from where the tech is devised to make people move between planets. It’s not our science (yet!) but it’s science.

Aliens have been part of scifi stories for a long time. Don’t tell me that ‘Aliens’ isn’t a scifi film! Aliens is labeled ‘Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi’ on IMDB. Yes, it’s there. Scifi. The SF encyclopedia states “This is the term, in both sf and popular culture, used to indicate sentient extraterrestrial beings – creatures from other worlds endowed with reason, consciousness, thought, Intelligence (the terms for and conceptions of this vital but slippery quality vary). Aliens may have minds somewhat less capable than ours, of comparable capacity, of greater (even vastly greater) power, or minds so different that comparison becomes impossible.”

Quora, a site I respect for the knowledge that’s there, has a good article on aliens in science fiction as well. It discusses what are the most alien aliens in science fiction.

Interestingly the film “Avatar” by James Cameron is categorised as ‘Fantasy’ on IMDB. I guess that is because most of the film plays out on Pandora and depicts the life of the Na’vi who have no technology.

Back to the mail I received though. Contrary to the Na’vi of “Avatar”, the aliens in my story possess the science to create technology. They have automonous cars, communication systems, research centres and laboratories. They also have the intelligence to design a poison in one of their laboratories to take out their enemies. I would say that makes it science fiction. Writing about science. Our lab guys can do this too.

My scifi books aren’t ‘hard scifi’ with rockets, spaceships, space battles and things like that, but there is more to science fiction than that. A good thing was that the person who wrote to me also said he liked the book. And that’s what’s counts.

All the best!

Paul

Happy New Year!

Dear reader,

Some may consider this a bit odd as New Year is behind us already. I don’t care. As long as it’s happy I’m all in favour of wishing you every good thing.

First of all of course I hope everyone entered this new year, 2017, with good health. If you’re suffering from anything, may this year bring you healing and comfort.

Next of all I am pleased to say that the work on Hilda 19 is going well. I’m slowly working my way backwards through the text (I agree, a strange way to read it but it’s worth the while for me) so it should be ready for publication “soon”. In this case that will take another month, maybe two, but with too many things in the non-book-world there is only so much time I can spend on writing and other fun stuff.

Even nexter (yes, I make those words up as I go along and need them), the work on the sequel to “Wanted: hero” is coming along well also. I’m over half the chapters in the first rework so readers in need of a good, new science fiction and a renewed meeting with Sabas and Reny are in for something special. I could of course tell a lot about it but I won’t. I’m evil like that. I learnt that from the best, and her name is Hilda.

That’s all for now as there isn’t much more worthwhile to tell.

All the best…

Paul

Book review: Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes

Title: Leviathan Wakes
Series: The Expanse, book 1
Author: James S.A. Corey
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating 5 stars

5 booksLeviathan Wakes is the first book in a science fiction series. It’s on television as a series called ‘The Expanse’. As usual if there is a book I don’t watch it on television.

So what’s this book about?

We are in an age where Mars is colonised and also many rocks in space, known as The Belt, sustain life in some form or other. A detective, a space ship commander and a man who is involved in a rebel organisation called OPA meet in circumstances that are able to plunge all inhabited places in a war. The discovery of a strange matter makes everything even more complicated as there are parties who want it and who will go to extremes to have and keep it.

The book was a fascinating read, nicely detailed and all the people in the story really came to life for me. That’s the best kind of reading. It’s as if I watched on television, only better.

Book review. The Martian, by Andy Weir.

Title: The Martian

Author: Andy Weir

Genre: Science Fiction.

Stars: 5 out of 5.

5 booksThis book deserves all its praise. I had heard a lot about it, all good, from people I trust in their taste of books. So I bought it and read it.

What an amazing trip to and on Mars. What a lot of cleverness. As a friend said, this is MacGyver external_link on an interplanetary scale. A fabulous read, for certain. I loved the log entries and the fuss on Earth. I can recommend this book to anyone who loves SciFi and hasn’t read it yet.

The only thing I wonder about are all those potatoes.

Nanowrimo, day 19. There be progress.

Dear reader,

NaNoWriMo 2015The first days (weeks) of this crazy month didn’t fill me with much confidence about the story I’m writing. I suspect that will show in the first 10 chapters that I produced, with the consequence that those will need a lot of attention in order to make them legible, understandable and in some way interesting.

Time will tell.

Lately I feel better about the flow of words but the basic plan I made for the story has been thrown upside down, leftside right and generally it became the laugh of the week. I am currently writing what should be the end of the story while I’m only halfway into it! This means that there has to be a second end while the end isn’t what it set out to be.

plan a, plan bWhen will this teach me that making plans for a story is something I should avoid at all cost?

Please, wish me luck in finding my way out of this strange situation. The characters involved will definitely appreciate that.