I haven’t blogged for a while. That’s because I have been busy writing my first sci-fi book, which is now out.
ISBN-13: 978-1491220023 in paperback
and as ASIN: B00E9X02IE in ebook form, with a lighter cover:
It is a not-too-serious book, set towards the end of this century, and is first one I have written on the adventures of Carbon Girl and her partner Carbon Man, who manage to make an entire superhero lifestyle using carbon and not much else. Although it is meant to be a bit light-hearted, most of the tech in it is supposed to be reasonably plausible. I have had to make a couple of concession to artistic license for the space bits – a sad fact of life in sci-fi is that if you want ships to go any distance in a short period, you have to invent some pseudo-scientific way of side-stepping what we currently think of as basic physics. It has AI romance and zombies in it too.
With recent complaints in the media that most sci-fi has a severe shortage of female characters, my book tries to improve the balance a bit, and uses Carbon Girl as its main character. A couple of examples of its general flavour so far:
“When a sexy woman puts on a figure enhancing cat-suit and lethal stilettos, usually people fall in line. Just in case they didn’t, she also took her whip. Now she felt right. She was Carbon Girl again. She was dressed to kill. No, today, they would probably form a queue to be killed by her.”
“It isn’t every day that your arch-nemesis becomes your lover, but then again, as Carbon Man frequently observed “Sometimes, things come right back and bite you on the bum.””
“Corel surrendered totally and unconditionally to temptation, invited it in and told it to make itself feel at home.”
It is available in paper and e-book form. Both available from 2/8/13 via Amazon.