Array Wars, Now With Extra EBook...

EBook versions of my Array Wars trilogy are now available for those who want them, in both EPub and Kindle (Mobi) formats.  If you happen to have an eReader that cannot read either of these formats, please drop me a line with its details and I'll see what I can do.  In general, though, unless you have a Kindle, the EPub version should work for you.  (Apple devices, for instance, work quite happily with the EPub file!)

So, here they are:

For those interested in the technical details, I'll tell you that I generated the EPub files via a Perl script from the original TXT files the novels were written in.  The same Perl script also produces the online HTML version that is available elsewhere.  I then used calibre to convert the EPub files to the Mobi format.

Edit: for some time these files were in native file format. However, for a while now my website has been spammed by a runaway spiderbot which seems to ignore zip files, but delights in downloading multiple copies of epub and mobi files. Consequently, I've zipped these up to hopefully resolve the problem. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Edit II: It seems there was a formatting error in the epub of Book 2. It has been fixed.

My Writing History

Writing and Me

I've always been a writer—although I haven't always thought of myself that way. Indeed, for many years after leaving school, the only written output that I considered relevant consisted of one short story, a couple of unfinished attempts at short stories, and perhaps a dozen poems. And most of those were haiku, which aren't exactly wordy.

Creation vs Evolution: Tug of WarThat long dry spell seems to be at odds with my claim; when I look back on that time, however, I realise that I was spending night after night on a couple of online forums, pouring thousands of words into the sorts of arguments that nobody ever seems to win: Evolution vs Creation was probably my most popular topic of discussion. It became apparent quite early that many of the people on both sides had no idea what they were actually talking about—and while I couldn't do much to educate everyone else, I decided that I could at least improve my own understanding of both sides of the coin. I bought biology texts, I bought religious holy books, I read as much as I could squeeze into my day—and still I would spend hours each night, writing. Perhaps I never changed any opinions, but that period certainly helped cement my own ideas.

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  • Array Wars

    You think you know the story of a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. 

    But what if those characters were merely virtual constructs living out their lives inside a computer program designed to draw the wool over the eyes of its inhabitants?  What if this virtual reality -- this Array -- was based upon certain popular works of fiction?  What if multiple parallel programs were running inside this computer; what if they had been running for so long that the barriers between simulations were beginning to crumble, and what if the scripts the characters were following showed signs of corruption and decay?

    What then?

    Array Wars is a Star Wars/Matrix crossover, incorporating elements (in one form or another) from a wide range of sources.  It began its life as a simple parody, but as the first book grew into a trilogy, my characters took on lives of their own.  Now, the first trilogy is complete ... and the first hints of a second trilogy are beginning to take shape in my mind.

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