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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Time After Time by Marc NashTime After Time

Fans of "Terminator"? Disappointed by "Looper's" failure to deal with time travel paradoxes. Like a laugh like "Attack The Block"?. Then this novel is for you.

An assassin sent back from the future to change the course of history... Only he comes from a world that doesn't know war, weapons or conflict. His target lives on a tough housing estate...


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments I blogged on trying to pin down the exact genre of the book -

http://marcnashtaft.yolasite.com/the-...

Time After Time


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Jaq wrote: "I associate that title with an excellent film about HG Wells going forward in time ti chase Jack the Ripper in San Francisco. Very well-known film, could confuse some readers."

yes I know the film. I would hope that in the promotion I'm doing around the book that the difference is made clear. But thanks for your very valid point.


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments For example, if they come to the book via the trailer, there could be no confusion! :-)

http://youtu.be/N1-eTq2Xdn0


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments The paradoxes of travelling back from the future to the past in order to alter the course of history is one of the themes of the book. Here's a post considering such paradoxes as exist in the "Terminator" movies from which my novel drew inspiration:

http://bit.ly/PhExRe

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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments 800 word sample introducing the DJ character:

http://t.co/WgeW3QoN


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments The role played by Barbara Windsor in helping this novel see the light of day

http://sulcicollective.blogspot.co.uk...

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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments The same man, the same woman, the same opening chat up lines... a myriad of different outcomes to the seduction. This is what lies at the heart of my novel Time After Time

In a world of parallel universes, where even the tiniest flap of a butterfly's wings can change the course of history...


message 10: by Marc (new)

Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Music is very important in the book, with a shadowy DJ seemingly having an uncanny ability to pick the right song that soundtracks the seduction scenes each and every time, as well as scratching to punctuate the action. The novel comes with a Spotify link for the entire 42 song soundtrack - here it is http://spoti.fi/MR8ikM

Enjoy!


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments There are several bands/songs on that track listing that I don't really like, but I went with them because they were the perfect fit for the action. See if you can guess which ones (the DJ character shares some of my music tastes, but not all).

http://spoti.fi/MR8ikM

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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments My writing debt to the theatre, as Time After Time Time After Time by Marc Nash started life as a play

http://sulcicollective.blogspot.co.uk...


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments A little video I made based on one of the scenes in Time After Time Time After Time by Marc Nash

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khINi_...


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments The new series of Red Dwarf is really underwhelming isn't it? It's no fault of the actors that they've all aged a bit, but the scripts rae just leaden.

For some decent science-fiction comedy try my new novel Time After Time Time After Time by Marc Nash


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Rebecca Berto (rebeccaberto) | 4 comments I loved Looper. I want to watch it so, so many times over. I thought the ending was perfect, and I liked the way the movie approached time travel. :D


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Rebecca wrote: "I loved Looper. I want to watch it so, so many times over. I thought the ending was perfect, and I liked the way the movie approached time travel. :D"

I just felt it really ducked all the paradoxes of travelling back in time to effect change in history. The Looper boss character even declared it wasn't worth trying to unravel how it works because it just fries your mind. I thought that was too easy a get out.


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from the book is the first one that the pirate DJ spins when he's feigning a middle-of the road BBC Radio 2 DJ.

Frank Sinatra "Fly Me To The Moon" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtFBRJ...


Time After Time by Marc Nash


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments and the song that contends with it on the other turntable, is Audio Bullys "Shot You Down" which samples Frank's daughter Nancy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEx2dH...


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from the novel Time After Time is perhaps one of my favourites from the whole tracklist, "Accuracy" by The Cure. http://bitly.com/S2qyuh What better song for an assassin?

This is from the Cure's debut album, before they went all Goth black make-up.


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from the novel Time After Time is actually a double header - two tracks that the DJ mixes in and out of one another.

Gloria Gaynor "I Will Survive" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBR2G-...

and the Bee Gees "Staying Alive" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_izvA...


message 21: by Marc (last edited Oct 30, 2012 02:51AM) (new)

Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from Time After Time
is Chumbawumba "Tubthumping" http://bit.ly/UcO8EI


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments My wife bought me The Time Traveler's Wife when it became very popular. I told her I'd already written my own version!

Time After Time by Marc Nash


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's tune from the novel is Public Image's "The Flowers Of Romance". http://bit.ly/ScgzCM

This song sums up the difference between man and woman in any relationship so perfectly I feel, "I bought you flowers, but you wanted chocolates instead"... A key misreading that happens in my book during the seduction scenes.


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's tune from the novel is the sumptuous song "Groovy Situation" by Keith Rowe. Ah that voice, that voice! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJwg9R...

Boys, I recommend you play this as part of your wooing and I defy any woman not to melt to Keith's feel good vibe. Barry White, the "Walrus of Love" eat your heart out!


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments was I right or was I right about Keith Rowe and this song? If yesterday's song was all about buying flowers when she wants chocolates instead, just play this track to her and neither flowers nor chocolates will seem significant...


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from the novel is Gallon Drunk's cover version of "Solitaire" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_pX7P...

It's from a karaoke scene in the novel and this particular version of the song is curious, because even though it was a proper released record (a B-side of a debut single), it sounds like a karaoke record by someone who can't sing. "God he's murdering it" as one of the novel's character's comments... Suited my purposes perfectly!


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments and here's the original Neil Sedaka version of "Solitaire"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPe5pB...


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's tune from the novel is The Streets - "Dry Your Eyes Mate"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVaLss...

"I know it's hard mate, but her mind is made up. There are plenty more fish in the sea"... not in the assassin's case there isn't. There's only the one!

Time After Time by Marc Nash


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from the novel is Portishead "Glory Box"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVX2ad...


"Give me a reason to love you/ Give me a reason to be a woman"

Ugh, gets me every time...


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments "Homeland" on Channel 4 is awesome tonight, with Clare Danes particularly brilliant. Did you know she was in "Terminator 3"?


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from the novel is one of the first dance/House hits, "The Bouncer" by Kicks Like a Mule. I was never a gig dance music fan, but remembered this one when I needed a signature tune for my agoraphobic DJ SlipMatt - his doorbell plays the refrain from the song "Your name's not on the list,you're not coming in" to keep visitors at bay.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjES-j...


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments If you thought book genres were divisive, then there's also the music world. Here's a cover version of the same song "The Bouncer" done by Nu-Rave band The Klaxons.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H5Nv8...

Now I like both songs, like a good cover version should, it has its own strengths and merits to differentiate it from the original. But the commentators on the YouTube posting of it beg to differ as they defend their tribal musical dance genres. *Warning* the comments contain strong language!


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from Time After Time

is The Smiths "This Charming Man"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGnjrT...

A magnanimous gesture from me as they were a band I really didn't like at all. But it's what the book demanded, so I had to comply!


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from Time After Time is Renegade Soundwave's "Probably A Robbery". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIKYTU...
From a scene where the DJ is looking at the CCTV monitors from his estate and sees what he pronounces as 'probably a robbery' in progress...

It's funny, I just couldn't imagine a song like this being made and released now. I don't quite know what it is about it, but in this age of TV talent shows and computer software generated tunes, this song just seems well, too unsophisticated by comparison. And yet it works. I've never owned it though...


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from the novel is Boo Radleys "Wake Up Boo!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd0GCg... recognisable from a million and 1 BBC programme background music.

Despite the literary reference of the band's name (A character in To Kill a Mockingbird) I was never particularly a fan of theirs.

In my novel, it's the opening line "Wake up Boo, it's a beautiful morning" which my DJ character SlipMatt takes and cuts off the "a beautiful morning" and instead splices in a sample from "Bladerunner" where Rutger Hauer's replicant utters the words "Time to die"


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today on the amwriting blog, I discuss writing authentic dialogue: http://j.mp/WFQjbc

From my days of writing stage plays, I learned how to write convincing dialogue, because in a play that's pretty much all you have as a tool.

Time After Time by Marc Nash started life as a stage play many years ago. So the dialogue in it ought to be good I hope!


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from the novel is "Night Steppa" by The Bug.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zG0-4...

There hasn't really been anything new in music for a while now. When I worked in a record shop, eventually you saw the same musical trends come back into fashion, only pop being ephemeral. it felt utterly new to the latest generation. That's ironic since music of all art forms, wears its heritage openly, as musicians always acknowledge their musical influences.

But perhaps the one recent new musical style is Dubstep. An urban, spacy, minimalist blend of dub reggae and the various styles of rap, jungle, drum and bass and Grime. A music commentator said it was unutterably the sound of modern London. That there's a tinge of apocalypse to it.

Artists like Burial are it's biggest sellers, but I prefer The Bug. This song is very Old Testament in the voice, that sense of a preacher spinning wonderfully poetic hellfire images as he addresses his congregation. But I use it in the novel for yet darker purposes...


message 38: by Marc (new)

Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments The DJ character SlipMatt cannot sleep. Night after night he is persecuted by voices who invade his mind as he lies in bed. The only way he can drown them out is with the multi-instrumental complexity of Classical music. But being a DJ, he cannot stand Classical music. So he "cuts" the Classical music with his own soundtrack playing at a volume held just under. And "Night Steppa" is one of those songs he uses as an antidote.

If it were me though, listening to that song while asleep would give me nightmares!


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from the novel is "Supermassive Blackhole" by Muse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LgcDp...

Well how else can you travel back through time and parallel universes?

Time After Time by Marc Nash


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from Time After Time is Beastie Boys "Don't Play No Game I Can't Win"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-QIiV...

The Beastie Boys make the best music videos so I recommend you watch this one! Done in the style of those programmes like Captain Scarlet etc.

Why is this song in the novel? It's used by the criminal drug lord as a broadcast warning to his rivals thinking of knocking him off his perch


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments The Beastie Boys came in for a lot of hatred after their first UK Tour when they played up to be the bad boys of hip hop which was just starting to cross the Atlantic and which people were looking to make into the next punk rock in terms of whipping up fears about the end of Western Civilisation that it purportedly represented. But now of course hip-hop and rap represent huge brands with massive commercial earnings and Rappers appear on presidential Candidate rally stages and their songs soundtrack the Paralympics.

The Beastie Boys moved from the East Coast of The US to the West Coast to lick their wounds and developed to become one of the smartest, most inventive hip hop artists over the years, ranging from reggae, punk, thrash and rap. They also picked up their instruments once again, rather than relied on sampling other music. Sadly one of the original members died of cancer this year, so their future is uncertain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-QIiV...


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from the novel is Motorhead's "Ace Of Spades".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYO4zL...

I've never been a big fan of Heavy Metal, but I guess if you're going to be 'heavy', you may as well tilt for the title of world's noisiest band which Motorhead claimed for a while. One of my favourite 'Art Noise' bands Swans were I reckin actually louder and I saw them live a few times and had my ears ringing for about 3 days after each concert.

Why is this song in the novel? Well heroine Hayley has announced her desire to go dancing which has prompted fear in her would-be assassin. She tries to soothe his anxities by saying "Don't worry, you'll be with the Queen of Clubs" at which point the DJ in the flat upstairs has cued up the Motorhead record...

Out-trumped?


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from the novel is "Madness" by Madness, which the DJ uses to close his through the night show, because as he says, "it's been a mental night"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzWx_1...

I was never a huge Madness fan, always preferring The Specials when it came to Two Tone music. But it was scary just how big the music became. I remember travelling to Brands Hatch to watch the Friday qualifying for the British Grand Prix and thanks to the vagaries of British Rail, the train wasn't actually stopping at the local station there were no special services laid on until the weekend. So me and my friend had to walk about 5 miles from the station we alighted from. We walked through some small Kent town and there were hundreds of schoolkids of about 13 or 14 years old, all with skinhead haircuts and crombie coats looking exactly the same. It was like something out of 1984 or some other book on herd mentality. I was unnerved I can tell you.


message 44: by Marc (new)

Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from the novel is a no brainer for a science fiction seduction story - The Only Ones "Another Girl, Another Planet"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTFHXK...


message 45: by Marc (new)

Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Today's song from the novel is South Central "Nothing Can Go Wrong" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-4mva...

What better motto for an assassin who has travelled back through time to kill his mark in order to change the course of history? I mean what could go wrong right?

Time After Time by Marc Nash


message 46: by Marc (new)

Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Some thoughts towards different approaches for constructing character that I took in this novel http://bit.ly/TjTtdT


message 47: by Marc (new)

Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Okay, I've held off this one for a while now. Fingers and earplugs in your ears folks, it's "No Escape" by Excision. This is for a scene in the book where Hayley & her beau go to a club Hayley recommends for a nice intimate dance, only to find that within a week it has changed its musical style to one, er less initmate...

Dance round your handbags to this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbXi_9...


message 48: by Marc (new)

Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Fab review for Time After Time on the Opinion Geeks site http://www.theopinionatedgeeks.com/20...


message 49: by Marc (last edited Feb 21, 2013 12:02PM) (new)

Marc Nash (sulci) | 751 comments Booksquawk review site review of my latest novelTime After Time

http://www.booksquawk.com/2013/02/tim...


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