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Inspirations: Riding the bomb to Saturn

The nuclear pulse drive would power a spacecraft with a series of nuclear explosions. Project Orion, led by Freeman Dyson, planned a four-year round trip to the moons of Saturn. After Orion was abandoned, pulse drive has led to several

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The Caresaway Kindle Countdown

Caresaway is on a Kindle countdown for the next couple of days so grab it if you’d like to read a novelette about what happens when a psychopath reaches a position of great power. I promise you that it’s fiction

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Oak in Winter

The winter sun is our friend. The kind that half-rises in the middle of the morning, makes a half-hearted effort to force some light through the iron sky for a few hours and loses interest by the middle of the

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Caresaway is being given away

Caresaway is a novelette about a man who recovers from depression by becoming a psychopath. Psychopaths never do anything that doesn’t benefit themselves so it’s fortunate that Melanie Nelson of Annorlunda is not a psychopath. In fact, she’s so far

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Caresaway is Here

Caresaway will cure your depression. Caresaway will make you successful beyond your wildest dreams. Caresaway will make you into a psychopath. And more to the point, Caresaway is now published in hardcopy and Kindle editions. If you’d like to know

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Under the Hooked Cross – 17: Seamus Silversmith

Previous instalments: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 The duty officer droned on. “Brundtmann?” “In the canteen. All safe here.” “Fleischer?” “Observatory. All safe here.” Silversmith grinned in anticipation. Any

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Under the Hooked Cross – 16: Broadcast

Previous instalments: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 “James? What happened? What are you doing?” Henkel tried to struggle, but couldn’t reach anything to push off. He twitched in mid-air as

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Under the Hooked Cross – 15: Chloroform

Previous instalments: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Silversmith’s hand strayed back to the bottles in the bag for the fiftieth time. Still not broken. He paused by the entrance to the

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Caresaway is coming: advance readers requested

Would you take a pill that made you a success? Would you still take it if it made you a psychopath? Those are the questions that Edward Crofte will wrestle with when Caresaway is published as a standalone novelette on

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Greater minds: Lauren Beukes on writing the other

Lauren Beukes wrote an article on writing diverse characters. She described the reading and conversation she used to research Zoo City. To write a character from a different culture or subculture, we need to vicariously experience it. It would be

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