Saturday, 22 August 2020


I first published this novel, under a different title, back in 2012. It was my first published novel, titled Even The Dead Dance To Live. No, I didn't understand the concept of marketability at the time. It was intended as a gritty, realistic space adventure, but I got a little carried away. For the realism I spent months researching conditions on the planets and moons in our solar system, and the proposed scientific and engineering ways of being able to live on them. For the grit, I pored over accounts of the Lebanese Civil War and life under the Mexican cartels. Turned out to be a little too gritty for some people's tastes. More Tarantino-in-Space than Star Trek.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

EMP effects on Nuclear Power Plants

If a Solar Storm shut down the grid, how safe would we be from nuclear power plant meltdowns? Not very, it seems.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Solar Storms

Solar storms are both fascinating and frightening. They're a natural phenomenon that we can't control and they have the potential to wipe out many of the gains of modern civilization. But what are they?

Sunday, 3 November 2019

The Road Runner

Plymouth Road Runner - Wikipedia photo by Bull-Doser

If you've read Solar Rising you'll be familiar with Packy's Road Runner. If you haven't read the book yet, spoilers ahead.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

So what now?

I haven't written much in this blog over the past couple of years, but I plan to write more updates and articles, and I'd like to begin with my plans for the next few books.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Solar Rising Is Out Now

Solar Rising, the fourth and final book of the Survival EMP series, is out now for pre-order. Get it now while it's just 99c.

Rick Nolan's family and friends have survived the Solar Storm and the horrors that followed, but they're not out of the woods yet. They now face their greatest challenge.

Solar Rising - Sample Chapter 1

Jim Fairbanks locked the main door of the Black Mountain firehouse, picked up his lantern, checked his shotgun and turned east along State Street for his long walk home. A chill in the night air aggravated an old knee injury he’d sustained in a motorcycle accident, and he stretched his legs to ease the twinges. The old Toyota sedan he’d been using had been taken from him, and he made a mental note to acquire a bicycle from Emily Lucas. She’d taken to repairing them and was now one of the town’s main suppliers. A few shotgun shells would be enough to barter for a basic model with patched tires. It had been a while since he’d ridden one, and the ride up the hill to his house would be tough at first, but at least he’d be able to coast into town easily in the morning.