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John Harper

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John Harper is a science fiction novelist from Wellington New Zealand and the author of the upcoming Elite:Dangerous novel 'Elite:And Here The Wheel', due for publication early 2014 by Fantastic Books Publishing.

John’s writing career began in his first year of school when he stood before the school assembly and read out his ‘novelisation’ of the movie Short Circuit, a picture book of six pages. He spent the rest of his school years writing endless pieces of original and fan fiction, most of the action revolving around his first original hero 'Jack Hamilton', Awesome Ass Kicking Extroadinaire and Pontiac driver.

John likes spending time with his two children, and he follows cricket and the V8 Supercars religiously. He is a passionate writer a

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John Harper I try to plan to a sufficient level that it doesn't crop up. It hasn't happened to me yet so I don't have a tactic to deal with it!
John Harper I'm working on a science fiction romance/adventure with a working title 'Behind Blue Eyes'.
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Elite: And Here The Wheel

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It’s been about five months since I completed the first draft of ‘The Bezerker’, and I haven’t started the next edit yet.

But I haven’t been idle. I’ve been working on the novel. Just not in writing new words or editing. What I’ve been doing instead is something far more important, and also, quite interesting:


I’ve been ‘engineering’ the novel. It was part of a new process I’ve been...

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"I watched the film before reading the book and thought it was excellent. The book manages toi be that and more. It's a bleak tale that is amazingly well written. The relationship between the father and the son is a stark contrast to the world arou..." Read more of this review »
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The Road is different.

Set after an unexplained apocalypse, a dying father has a single driving purpose: To get his son South, to warmer climates so they (hopefully) survive the winter.

The setting is bleak, stark, almost beautiful. The sentences are s
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This book is a fictional novel heavily based on the true story of the 2nd battle of El Alamein. The novel follows circa 6 point of view characters, one of them fictional, the rest of them very real people.

The accounts of the war, the waiting, the ter
Elite by John    Harper
"This is an action adventure played out across a wide canvass. Set in the world of Elite: Dangerous it’s the 5th of Fantastic Books Publishing’s Elite offerings that I’ve read. Having been bowled over by the first four, I set out with some trepidat..." Read more of this review »
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Some people say you need to hook with your first line.

Hugh did this. Wow, what a first liner! He had me there and didn't let go.

Some of it felt a and Hugh isn't an engineer so the engineer in me felt a bit irked at a few things, but this wa
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Stephen King
“There is a muse, but he’s not going to come fluttering down into your writing room and scatter creative fairy-dust all over your typewriter or computer. He lives in the ground. He’s a basement kind of guy. You have to descend to his level, and once you get down there you have to furnish an apartment for him to live in. You have to do all the grunt labor, in other words, while the muse sits and smokes cigars and admires his bowling trophies and pretends to ignore you. Do you think it’s fair? I think it’s fair. He may not be much to look at, that muse-guy, and he may not be much of a conversationalist, but he’s got inspiration. It’s right that you should do all the work and burn all the mid-night oil, because the guy with the cigar and the little wings has got a bag of magic. There’s stuff in there that can change your life. Believe me, I know.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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