NOTE: www.smashwords.com/profile/view/andywest, linked to the SF novelette 'Rescue Stories', and www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AWest, linked to the SF novel 'The Outcast and the Little One', are also me! These works were published by Greyhart and Newcon respectively, and I can't figure out how to combine all the Author profile pages. 'The Waters of Destiny' techno-thriller series (3 novels described below) at Smashwords, is also a work belonging to me and co-author Ian Watson.
Update 25th November 2012:
Today sees the launch of a major project by my co-author Ian Watson and I, a three novel modern / medieval tecno-thriller 'The Waters of Destiny', of which we are very proud :) . All three books are available simultaneously: 'Assassins' , 'Tongue of Knowledge', and 'Death Overflows'. Angus Donald , bestselling author of The Outlaw Chronicles, has this to say about book One:
"Fluidly written, with finely drawn characters and spot-on historical research, Assassins (Book 1 of The Waters of Destiny) is a tightly plotted international thriller that flips effortlessly between the 12th and 21st centuries to tell a gripping tale of ancient hatreds and modern-day nightmares. Starring a murderous sect of medieval Muslims - that may just have survived into our own age - a Christian fundamentalist US Government agent hot on their trail, and a sexy Canadian history professor looking for love in all the wrong places, Assassins packs in conspiracy, action, romance and clock-ticking suspense into one thoroughly enjoyable Dan Brown-style yarn. Highly recommended."
The series is a departure from SF for both of us, and we thoroughly enjoyed both the shared writing experience and the deep research into arcane scientific and religious knowledge, both medieval and modern. (UK SF readers will probably be familiar with Ian's many works; probably his widest known work in recent times is the screen story for Speilberg's film 'AI').
2nd June 2012:
Having shared space in several SF anthologies with well-known authors such as Stephen Baxter, Neil Gaiman, Ian Watson, Charles Stross, Brian Stableford, Liz Williams, Ken Macleod, Pat Cadigan, Adam Roberts, Sarah Pinborough and more, Andy was encouraged to strike out on his own, and now has an SF novel released: 'The Outcast and the Little One' (in hardback, paperback, & kindle).
"I don't even remember learning to read, it seemed like I always could. From the beginning I was always very interested in books; but factual books as much as fiction. Physics, the big picture of the Universe, this was an early love, and Carl Sagan an inspiring hero, which all led to a degree in that subject.
But Evolution has been my most passionate intellectual hobby during later decades (I was born in 1958 by the way). Most of my stories tend to have an underpinning of evolutionary mechanisms, from the 'big engines of history' to the tricksy workings of individual memes. How evolution applies to, and operates within, sentient societies, is the juicy core of the fruit for me. Though I've lightened up somewhat lately, it has been said by some that many of my stories are not for the faint hearted, though they leave a deep and lasting impression :) "
'Rescue Stories' was a runner up in the British Science Fiction Association's short story competition of 2008, and was first published in a special edition of the Association's magazine, Focus, in March 2009.