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June 4, 2016

Free Download Day

I ought to note that The Tau Device is a free Download-to-Kindle between 04/06/2016 and 06/06/2016.

It’s the future and humanity has joined an advanced, star-spanning civilisation as a junior species. Not all is sweetness and light. An ancient menace stirs. Science Fiction: space combat, robots, great sense of mystery / descriptions of alien culture.

Title: The Tau Device
Age: 14+
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CC3X9L4
Paperback: http://www.lulu.com/content/18482769
Website: http://thetaudevice.wordpress.com/
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Published on June 04, 2016 04:16 Tags: alien-culture, free-download-day, robots, science-fiction, space-combat, space-opera

March 11, 2016

New SciFi Book - Announcement

I should note that I have a new SF book out. It is Science Fiction and can be pre-ordered at The Tau device. In addition to this, paperback editions are available. These differ from the Kindle edition only by the inclusion of appendices, in which the alien cultures from the novel are further examined. My editor¹ notes that the appendices demonstrate the detail of my universe building, and that I
have played to my two strengths, alien culture and slightly elliptical dialogue. In particular the mystery and weirdness of alien cultures come across loud and clear.
He went on to suggest that its Kindle genre should include Mystery and Culture.

¹ Stephen Cashmore (of SfEP )

Synopsis
Lory Gato enjoys a privileged life, hopping from world to world, sending reports of his gourmet experiences to those back home, who can't afford the stars. He gets sent to T'negi 36, an out of the way planet where humans have a small presence. As new kids on the galactic block, humanity get the scraps — T'negi 36 is nearly airless and it'll be a long time before it's fit to live on. Like any self-respecting businessman, Lory is a socialiser but the few bars on T'negi 36 are closed. There's been problems with humans which the t'negi, like good hosts, try to gloss over. He arranges to meet a t'negi xeno-archaeologist, Liasse, who is researching a long dead civilisation. She believes whatever destroyed it is still a threat.
Lory has a run in with Earthers - humans who believe their manifest destiny is to (somehow) overthrow alien civilisations, steal alien terraforming technology, and colonize.
The technology that powers interstellar civilisation suddenly fails... then it turns out that the Earthers have powerful allies. Lory and Liasse are thrown together in a desperate bid to survive.


The Tau Device explores civilisational aspects of SF.

Further details: http://thetaudevice.wordpress.com/

Check also: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...
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Published on March 11, 2016 03:48 Tags: culture, new-science-fiction, the-tau-device-mystery

January 3, 2016

SF Reviews

Over on my real-name author blog I've begun an accidental review of books in my library. These are retrospective reviews of older SF & Fantasy works which are already in my library. I have chosen representative works that may serve as an introduction to authors of the past. It starts with Douglas Adams' hilarious The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy which can be found here.


Added:

A Soldier Erect by Brian W. Aldiss

Shape of Further Things by Brian W. Aldiss

Barefoot in the Head by Brian W. Aldiss

Billion Year Spree by Brian W. Aldiss

Breed by K.T. Davies

Non-Stop by Brian W. Aldiss

Hell's Cartographers edited by Brian W. Aldiss & Harry Harrison

Spectrum I: A Science Fiction Anthology edited by Kingsley Amis & Robert Conquest


As I am primarily a writer, I have no plans to review current works.
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Published on January 03, 2016 02:59 Tags: douglas-adams, sf-humour, sf-review

December 27, 2015

Taking Stock as of 27/12/15

Housekeeping as of 27/12/2015

Most of my self-published works as of June 2015 have been literary exercises They aren't By and large I have deliberately excluded them from being ebooked - because they were done to test feedback rather than sell.
Here's the detail:

First collection on Lulu
The stories in this collection cover genres, they are annotated and include ideas which have been / will be further developed
Ice Made and Other Stories
Ice Made: And Other Stories (1st edition)

Experimental Novel
This was my introduction to writing - you have to start somewhere. I played with plot structure — parallel threads, multiple points of view, written on different levels… all in one project. After three years I had: A Guide to First Contact, a literary experiment. It deconstructs narratives from the future, present and past. These, although seemingly unrelated, drip feed the larger design that links them together. Gradually a grand mosaic is built up revealing the links between the protagonist and the various other entities populating this work. The machinations of human and alien take shape. Although there are clues, the protagonist remains an enigma.
A Guide to First Contact
A Guide to First Contact

Unfinished Tales
Unfinished stories are a perennial problem for authors who go regularly to writing groups:
"Right - this week's random idea / word is xxx. Write 400 words or so..."
What??? I haven't finished writing the multi-novel, mega-epic that I started from last week's random idea / word!!!

So you end up with interesting story starts (interesting because you wouldn't have started anything that didn't pique your fancy, right?) which you haven't the time to finish - cos you've another project on the go. What do you do with those ideas?
I did a projected four volume compilation of my Unfinished Stories. In the end, only volume 4 was committed to Lulu to give my non-SF / non-Fantasy output a run out:
Real Fiction

Sketches
I work primarily in Science Fiction and Fantasy. My sketches come to about 20k words - in effect the first quarter of the full blown novel - they road test different ideas to a point where the shape of the story starts to become clear, but doesn’t conclude. They are on Lulu from which I POD individual copies to get reader feedback. Each different yet in genre. Sketches. Literary experiments. Food for thought to publishers and agents.

Brant
Lucky Lucky
Lory Gato, Interstellar Gourmet

Brant, another sketch, examines epic fantasy and high fantasy tropes in the context of those long ago banes of civilisation: plundering nomadic hordes and mercenary companies – over which a thin veneer of chivalry is cast.

Lucky takes a conventional SF narrative and interposes it on the well known, day to day, existential issues faced by those who live at the bottom of life’s heap; in this case sink estates in the UK.

Lory Gato, Interstellar Gourmet now forms the first 25% of the forthcoming The Tau Device.

Along the way I did other things
Burnley is a history of Burnley Grammar School which was very well received in the town.
Has You Like It is a collection of short stories and poems by my local writing group, which includes two of my post-apocalyptic visions.
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December 26, 2015

December 2015 - Current Project

Currently writing about man's exploration of local interstellar space, and what might be there.
Working title: Dragon Shard.
Projected length 10k words (about 40pp)

Recently done (while The Tau Device is edited):
• Homage to B movies: I Am Zhlogh
• Homage to Mervyn Peake The Undercroft
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Published on December 26, 2015 12:25 Tags: b-movies, mervyn-peake, sf

November 17, 2015

New SF book - first draft

Just a quick update:
The Tau Device has reached first draft. It's based on my novella Lory Gato, Interstellar Gourmet, comes to 82k words and I'll be using Stephen Cashmore of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders to edit it. A synopsis is:

Lory Gato enjoys a privileged life, hopping from world to world, sending reports of his gourmet experiences to those back home, who can't afford the stars. He gets sent to T'negi 36, an out of the way planet where humans have a small presence. T'negi 36 is nearly airless and it'll be a long time before 36 is fit to live on. As new kids on the galactic block - humanity get the scraps. Like any self-respecting businessman, Lory is a socialiser but the few bars on T'negi 36 are closed. There's been problems with humans which the t'negi, like good hosts, try to gloss over. He arranges to meet a t'negi xeno-archaeologist, Liasse, who is researching a long dead civilisation. She believes whatever destroyed it is still a threat.
Lory has a run in with Earthers - humans who believe their manifest destiny is to (somehow) overthrow alien civilisations, steal alien terraforming technology and colonise.
The technology that powers interstellar civilisation suddenly fails... then it turns out that the Earthers have powerful allies. Lory and Liasse are thrown together in a desperate bid to survive.


For legacy reasons I have two blogs on Goodreads. This one which was created under my original online byline: TP Archie, and that from when I decided I ought to write under my real name. Here's the cross-link to my earlier update on The Tau Device.

Other recent pieces:
Walkers - a dystopian view of the UK's future where the unemployed and the unwanted walk the motorways looking for a Migrant Centre to accept them
Into The Abyss - flash fiction
By Design Poem on Space and Time
Kitten's Play - a take on the under reported activity of child stealing (in the C20th). Includes autobiographical elements.
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Published on November 17, 2015 23:07 Tags: new-sf, planetary-romance, sfep, space-opera, the-tau-device

March 17, 2015

Burnley

Burnley

Burnley is a town in North-West England. Burnley Grammar School was formed in 1560 and survived until 1981. By the time I became a pupil (1967) the politics of the day meant Grammar Schools had to be closed. In the case of Burnley, this was against the wishes of parents and they fought to keep this successful school open. I attended between 1967 and 1974 which was a time of change; my account dwells on that period and I have the Burnley Express to thank for their kind support in reproducing photos from that time.

Burnley includes essays on the pre-industrial revolution history of the town, and notes a little known event that links it to the character of the English people; in addition, it provides an insight to the failing education system in the town.

http://www.lulu.com/content/16212141

Genre: History, Nostalgia
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Published on March 17, 2015 06:41 Tags: brun-lea, brunanburh, burnley, education, grammar-schools, history, nostalgia

February 16, 2015

Has You Like It

Has You Like It by Hasiwriters
The Book launch for Has You Like It, a selection of Poetry and Short Stories by members of Hasiwriters, will be held 17/02/2015, 19:00 to 20:30, in the main conference room at Haslingden Library.

Attendees will include renowned poet, Jean Sprackland, His Worship, The Lord Mayor of Rossendale and other VIPs of the borough. Contributors will read a selection of pieces from their work.
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Published on February 16, 2015 08:29 Tags: has-you-like-it, hasiwriters, haslingden-library, jean-sprackland

November 10, 2014

The P'Nong

Well on with this now. Novella sized. Hard edged SF with strong emphasis on the science.

In my other life I had a demanding week at an AGM (I do volunteer work for a well known charity). It's easy if you let things roll over you, but the plight of the Third Sector can be improved. It requires business skills sensitively applied.
In the business world, big things are how much money you made, who you made it from, who you've now got more than and what you can do with it to impress others etc, etc... Big things in charity are human lives rescued from the wreckage of modern day living.

The Haslingden Writers book is coming along well. If we're lucky, we might get an introduction from an (award winning) poet. I'm holding my breath (but we're still dithering on the title).

Change is in the air at CWG - a diverse collection of authors who use the blogging platform of the Daily Telegraph for their club.

And yes, I'm still using my online name for my author blog. Really need to sort that out.
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Published on November 10, 2014 09:44 Tags: charity, cwg, hasiwriters, the-p-nong

October 28, 2014

Reviews

First review A Guide to First Contact by T.P. Archie is up on Amazon UK.
There’s a whole sub-industry around reviews.
You should get your reviews before you promote.


I didn’t do it that way.
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Published on October 28, 2014 15:36 Tags: reviews