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Karl Drinkwater

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Karl Drinkwater writes thrilling SF, suspenseful horror, and contemporary literary fiction. Whichever you pick you’ll find interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.

Karl has lived in many places but now calls Scotland his home. He’s an ex-librarian with degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science. He also studied astrophysics for a year at university, surprising himself by winning a prize for “Outstanding Performance”.

When he isn’t writing he loves guitars, exercise, computer and board games, nature, and vegan cake. Not necessarily in that order.

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Karl Drinkwater Nothing exciting I'm afraid: the MSc was information and library studies. I'd worked part-time in libraries since doing my A-levels, and the MSc was p…moreNothing exciting I'm afraid: the MSc was information and library studies. I'd worked part-time in libraries since doing my A-levels, and the MSc was part of going on to become a professional librarian. I learnt to stack books for twelve months with the best of them. (Joke: it was really more about teaching, technologies, marketing and so on).

My undergraduate degree was in English and Classics (specialising in Ancient Greek), though I also did some other subjects such as philosophy and astronomy for a year each.(less)
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Ruabon


Welcome to Tecant.

Nothing ever happens here.

Until today.


Ruabon Nadarl is just another low-ranking member of the scan crew, slaving away for the UFS which “liberated” his homeworld. To help pass the time during long shifts he builds secret personalities into the robots he controls. Despite his ingenuity, the UFS offers few opportunities for a better life.

Then Ruabon detects an intruder on the s

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Karl Drinkwater Karl Drinkwater said: " I have mixed feelings about this first-person perspective novel.

On the one hand it has a continuous story over a couple of nights with a fair bit of action and suspense. It has a good premise and kicks in without much preamble. It is the kind of thin
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“Sad-looking brown eyes, they wrenched his heart like a gut punch. Worse – hell, worse – a bloke could punch him in the head but he’d stay up, and grin through the bloody split lip, intimidating his attacker; but there was no honour in wounds inside, wounds that only you could deal with.”
Karl Drinkwater, Turner
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“Memories don't all have to be good.”
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“We all have a black box inside us, and maybe one day another being vastly more powerful than we are will open it and understand it and judge us on it.”
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“When the rich give a party and the meal is finished, a man carries round amongst the guests a wooden image of a corpse in a coffin, carved and painted to look as much like the real thing as possible, and anything from 18 inches to 3 foot long; he shows it to each guest in turn, and says: "Look upon this body as you drink and enjoy yourself; for you will be just like it when you are dead."
[Herodotus ‘Histories’, II 82]”
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“Sad-looking brown eyes, they wrenched his heart like a gut punch. Worse – hell, worse – a bloke could punch him in the head but he’d stay up, and grin through the bloody split lip, intimidating his attacker; but there was no honour in wounds inside, wounds that only you could deal with.”
Karl Drinkwater, Turner
tags: horror

“These rare mini mind-blanks always seemed to occur when he needed perking up, creative jolts as if his brain had temporarily overclocked its processor to light-speed frequency, but with the side effect of shutting his consciousness down to protect it from overheating. That theory certainly fit the observable phenomena.

Then again, the competing theories included: he was nuts; he had a brain tumour; aliens had temporarily abducted him.”
Karl Drinkwater, Cold Fusion 2000

“He wondered where his mind had wandered this time, what life it had lived as a trail of neurons sped through networks of possibilities particle-fast, too rapid to catch without a hadron collider, causing super quarks of weirdness and leaving him with only a vague after-image like a melting dream. He had to accept that he couldn’t catch all his thoughts, all the things going on in his body, the processes which slipped by in the background just leaving a shadow, an itch, the grain of sand that probably wouldn’t become a pearl, a blazing after-trace that lives a second then is gone forever. All those possibilities occurring in a second of frantic life: it never ceased to amaze him. The world was an incredible and beautifully constructed thing.

However, there wasn’t really time for a wank.”
Karl Drinkwater, Cold Fusion 2000
tags: humour

“Alex decided the stakes were high enough to justify one of his advanced psychological theories. He knew all women liked cats. People liked things that resembled themselves. Therefore applying some of the rules for interacting with cats to the reality of interacting with women could only help.

Most rules were straightforward:

• Admire their grace.
• Don’t interrupt them when they’re grooming.
• Back off if they hiss.”
Karl Drinkwater, Cold Fusion 2000
tags: humour

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