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.
One reviewer nearly had a heart attack reading it, and told me he thought the book was disgusting and that the protagonist was 'a monster'. The book plummeted down the rankings until it hardly sold at all.

After writing more successful novels, namely the Survival EMP series, this book (now titled Callisto: Dystopian Space) lurked like a red-headed stepchild in my catalog. Embarrassed, I unpublished it. Like the story's protagonist, however, this book refused to lie down. Drawn to rereading it, I was struck by how much my writing has moved on. But I was also by how deep, detailed and philosophical this story is. I'll make no bones about it, the violence is unrelenting. But there was also something else, something I've since lost in my journey to becoming a more commercial writer. Reading it again, I found it hard to put down and I got a glimpse into a mind I'd almost forgotten.

Inspired once more, I changed the title to something more reflective of its content (if less market-friendly) and designed a new cover for it. It was time to bring my wayward stepson back into the fold, because #GingerLivesMatter. I don't expect it to sell any better than before, but it deserves a place in my collection, rubbing shoulders with its sleeker, more polite cousins. It is what it is and that's all it needs to be. Its earned its place at the table.

For the brave and the curious among you, it's available at Amazon.

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