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Lichfield Dean hails from the English Midlands. He is not from Lichfield, although it isn't that far away.
A degree in astrophysics, a career in computer coding and being the drummer in several unsuccessful bands led him to the conclusion that the way forward was to start writing fiction. Science fiction, to be precise.
So after a seemingly endless amount of time, a light-hearted science fiction novel emerged called The Garden Wall. And no, despite some claims, it isn't the world's first sci-fi/gardening crossover book, although a garden does appear very briefly at one point.
on June 05, 2012 :
More sci-fi madness from Lichfield Dean.
This short story is a nice, easy "quick read" and immediately pulls the reader in. The story itself is ridiculous, but that is very much meant in a complimentary way (if you have read Dean's "the Garden Wall", you will know exactly what I mean!).
The protagonist (Brandenburg - I imagined him as being a little bit like Arnold Rimmer from Red Dwarf!) is infiltrating his people's sworn enemy's base and just happens to bump into their 'leader' (Fairy); without realising that Brandenburg is a spy, Fairy takes a real liking to him. The unlikely romance then farcically develops after a series of mishaps and coincidences keep bringing them together.
The short story is very enjoyable and is a recommended read; however it does end a bit abruptly. Other than that it is an excellent sci-fi caper.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 07, 2011 :
A science fiction short story from the author of the sublime 'The Garden Wall'.
What do you do if you find yourself inexplicably bumping into the leader of the sworn enemy of your nation? What if you find yourself eating pickled onions with her, and what if she's not only a really nice person, but is also attracted to you?
This romantic science-fiction comedy short story is a real page turner, a great read with some pretty funny moments in it involving characters you actually care about. My only criticism is that it does end very abruptly, but other than that it is a cracking good read - even better that the author has given it away for free!
(review of free book)