The story behind The Frihet Rebellion

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The Frihet Rebellion is my first book release of 2017 (and the first for over a year!). The story behind it, however, starts a long time ago, but still in this galaxy (sorry).

Way back in 1975 (when I was just 16) I wrote a short book called Space Revolution. A simple story of a nasty Earth government, a heroic alien and human aboard a superior alien craft, and a distant, rebellious princess. This was two years before the release of Star Wars, so stop pointing those fingers. Its real influence was comic books, the Martian and Venus tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs, pulp sci fi in general and the imagination of a 16 year old boy (Sexy teenage princess? Sure, why not?).

Paper was cut down to size and I typed the story out (on a ribbon rapidly losing ink). My older brother Colin (who had more experience of this and was – and is – much more of a perfectionist than me) agreed to glue the book together, trim the pages to a neat edge AND produce an amazing wrap-around cover, created with pen and poster paints. Here’s the result (I still have it, and it still holds together perfectly).

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In 2015 I decided to resurrect Space Revolution and rewrite it, start to finish. The basic story elements remained, but characters and incidents were fleshed out and changes made to fit with my older and, possibly, more mature outlook. The result was The Frihet Rebellion which, I hope, retains the excitement, fast movement and pulp nature of the original.

When it came to the cover design, I knew I had to have that ship from the original cover. It just conjured the flavour of the story so well. So, with a little photoshopping, I added a fresh new star field to the background, the new title and there it was – I think, the perfect cover for The Frihet Rebellion.

As with everything I write, I am less concerned with being seen as a “good writer” and more with being a “good storyteller”. This story has been with me a long time. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing, and rewriting, it.

The ebook is currently available for pre-order and will be released on 1st March 2017. The paperback is currently going through review and will also be available then, if not before.

You can pre-order on Amazon now.

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Hard Winter: The Novel available NOW!

Hard Winter: The Novel

Hard Winter: The Novel

My latest work, Hard Winter: The Novel, published by Omnium Gatherum, has been released into the wilds in both paperback and kindle versions today, 15th February 2013.

For more information Click Here or on the cover image above.

PLEASE NOTE: There is some confusion on the amazon listings between the newly release novel and the original short story. The covers are noticeably different but please be careful you are purchasing the correct one until this problem can be sorted out. If it doesn’t say “The Novel” on the cover, then it’s the short story.

The Szuiltan Alliance available on kindle

The Szuiltan Alliance, book one in my Szuiltan Trilogy of space adventure science fiction books, is now available for the kindle:

The Szuiltan Alliance

When Steve Drake, Space Trader, agreed to take on a trade to the Szuiltans, the only truly alien race ever discovered in man’s expansion across the galaxy, he had no idea it would land him in the middle of murder, intrigue and an interplanetary war!

Buy it now:

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Or read more about it by clicking here (including sample chapters)