Adriaan van Garde


Adriaan van Garde was born in postwar reconstruction year 1951 in the old town of Dordrecht, a former seaport. After discarding the usual boy's dreams about occupations like nuclear physicist, foreign currency arbitrager or spiritual healer, at the age of sixteen he decided that he would be a writer. At first glance an understandable decision, since his creative mind produced a plentitude of ideas. However an illness from his childhood had drowned his mind in a strange blanket of mist which prevented the translation of these ideas into stories. The result was that he suffered from a writer's block the very moment he decided to be a writer. This tragedy has led to his ever increasing withdrawal from public life.
Awaking one morning in the autumn of 2007, he discovered that the mist blanket in his mind had suddenly gone. Shortly after this discovery he met an old friend from his youth whom he showed his notebook full of ideas for stories. His former townsman was immediately thrilled by these ideas, and he encouraged Adriaan to write down his stories. The friend also offered his help in finding publishers and in promotional activities. Reluctantly at first, but later with growing confidence and enthousiasm Adriaan commited his stories to paper. Finally, after forty years, he could realize his dream of becoming a writer.
Adriaan writes fiction of all sorts; he does not confine himself to a single genre. On the contrary, he prefers to mix elements of different genres in his stories. His favorite genre however is science fiction.

Adriaan van Garde werd geboren in de oude havenstad Dordrecht in het wederopbouwjaar 1951. Na de gebruikelijke jongensdromen over beroepen als kernfysicus, valuta-arbitrageant of gebedsgenezer besloot hij op zijn zestiende levensjaar dat hij schrijver zou zijn. Aan materiaal had zijn levendige geest geen gebrek, maar een ziekte uit zijn jeugd had een tot heden onbegrepen sluier over zijn geest gelegd. Dat hield de verhalen die hij bedacht bovenkamers, zodat hij direct na zijn besluit met een writer’s block werd geconfronteerd. Deze tragische omstandigheid heeft ertoe geleid dat hij een steeds teruggetrokkener bestaan is gaan leiden.
In het najaar van 2007 echter ontdekte hij opeens dat de mist in zijn hoofd was verdwenen. Tijdens een toevallige ontmoeting met een oude jeugdvriend kort daarop liet hij deze zijn aantekeningenboekje met verhaalideeën zien. Zijn voormalige stadsgenoot overtuigde hem ervan nu echt een begin te maken met het opschrijven van zijn verhalen. Eerst voorzichtig, maar gaandeweg steeds enthousiaster begon hij zijn verhalen aan het papier toe te vertrouwen. Met het resultaat dat Adriaan zich nu dan eindelijk echt schrijver mag noemen.
Adriaan schrijft fictie in de ruimste zin van het woord. Hij beperkt zich niet tot een bepaald genre; het liefst mengt hij de kenmerken van genres door elkaar. Zijn favoriete genre is echter science fiction.

Where to find Adriaan van Garde online


Oasis of Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,570. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
*** Warning. This book is not porn *** Two of the stories in my first e-booklet in English contain sexual elements, but these are strictly functional, so not much fun for the porn lover.
Een Oase Van Verhalen
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,920. Language: Dutch. Published: December 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
*** Waarschuwing: Dit Is Geen Porno *** Dit boekje bevat 4 niet eerder gepubliceerde SF verhalen. In slechts één verhaal komen expliciete seksscenes voor, maar die zijn strikt functioneel en dus niet leuk.
Gerecyclede Verhalen
Price: Free! Words: 10,400. Language: Dutch. Published: November 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
*** Inclusief het verhaal: De Hondjes Van Etretat *** Een gratis promotieboekje om kennis te maken met mijn wijze van vertellen (en met het 4short label). Het bevat vijf verhalen die al eens eerder gepubliceerd zijn, vier SF verhalen en een bizar verhaal. Voor deze uitgave zijn de verhalen nog eens onder handen genomen.
De hondjes van Etretat
Price: Free! Words: 1,750. Language: Dutch. Published: February 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Een leraar Geschiedenis vertelt een persoonlijk getint verhaal dat zijn 6-vwo klas zwaar op de maag blijkt te liggen.

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Adriaan van Garde's favorite authors on Smashwords

Smashwords book reviews by Adriaan van Garde

  • Dubbelgangster on April 21, 2012

    Klassieke harde sf, d.w.z. technisch-georienteerd. Een first-contact verhaal dat aangeeft dat het misschien niet allemaal koek en ei is lichtjaren van hier. Bij mij riep het de vraag op of het wel verstandig is om luidkeels de ruimte in te blèren dat wij hier zijn. Voor mij is dit het beste verhaal van de drie gratis verhalen die Mike Jansen op Smashwords heeft gezet.
  • De Koperen Oase on May 24, 2013

    Uitstekend verhaal, terechte winnaar van Fantastels 2012. Mike schetst een wereld waarvan de essentie pas na afloop volledig tot je doordringt. Dat is toch een van de kenmerken van de betere verhalen, dat zij niet het ene oog in en het andere oog uitgaan, maar dat je er nog (even) over na blijft denken. De atmosfeer deed me denken aan de gloriedagen van de SF, en dat is een goede zaak.
  • Palimpsest on June 03, 2014

    Tais Teng is absolutely one of the most original writers in the world. This story is at first glance a tale about the battle between men en elves. But being a Tais Teng story there is more behind it than you might think. Will mankind win? Or are we doomed forever. If you like this story I recommend that you buy "Lovecraft, My Love", the collection that's filled with stories like this one. More about English books and stories by Dutch writers on
  • Ophelia In My Arms on July 25, 2014

    The first short story collection by Mike Jansen is impressive. It contains 21 stories, 8 SF and 11 Horror. Most of the stories don't break any new grounds, but they are well told. However, some stand out. One such story is 'The Copper Oasis'. It received very mixed reactions in the Netherlands, but it still won the first price in a well-known Dutch contest. And that's well deserved too, since it's the most original story in the book. The story is about a cowboy who is looking after people that get stranded on a very hostile world. The unlucky space travelers face a grim fate that is beautifully painted by Mike. Hugo stuff, if you ask me. Talking about beautiful painting, in the Mythos inspired story 'Assigned To Almwch' there is plenty of atmosphere that reminds of Lovecraft himself. Dark and moody is the story 'View Of Diluvipolis', where we dwell through a city at the bottom of the former North Sea, full of sinister transactions and manipulations. This story is also available as a free download, and it mirrors the content of the collection rather well, so you may try before you buy.
  • Lovecraft, My Love on July 29, 2014

    Came across a very positive review on Europa SF, that reminded me I still had to read this one. So I did and the reviewer didn't exaggerate a bit. Which I new already, of course, because Tais Teng may be called the patriarch of Dutch speculative fiction. That's not only because of his enormous production, more than a hundred titles, but also because of his unfathomable imagination. Where most writers manage to translate only one original idea into a story, Tais Teng nowadays translates ten original ideas into one story. Fortunately for the reader the stories in this collection are a bit more mundane. Which means that you only have to read them once to grasp the ideas behind it. Yet many of the stories here are the best the Dutch SF scene has to offer, and some of them even rank among the best in the world. I can only hope that one day I will be half as good. So what have we got. Twenty stories, mostly SF and when they can't be classified as pure SF they are a crossover with at least a SF back story. I am not going to discuss them all here, but I will try to give you an impression by digging a bit deeper into one story that's also available as a free download. Read about it below after the spoiler alert. The bottom line necessarily comes a bit early in this review then: If you like SF and are willing to look beyond mainstream Anglo-Saxon SF, then you will find many jewels in 'Lovecraft, My Love'. At $4,99 it's a downright steal. [spoiler] In the story Palimpsest you are confronted with a battle between men and elves. A group of warriors manages to destroy the stronghold of a much hated elven lord by means of the forbidden element iron. But when the men are on their way to their hideout, the other elves track them down. The attack is set up in such a way that the iron can't protect the men. Later the leader of the elves brings the dead men to their village. The dead leader of the men asks his wife to end the animosity between elves and men, because there is much more at stake than the relation between the two races. As a proof of goodwill the newborn son of the leader will be raised as an elf. Mankind has to promise not to excavate the deadly element iron. The wife accepts unwillingly. So far it looks like an ordinary fantasy tale. But then a deeper level show up, when the mother visits her son at the castle of the elves. He shows her a window through which she may get a glimpse of the real world. Here we have the SF layer: the world is dead, completely destroyed in an all-out nuclear war, completely devoid of life. The world men and elves live in is a construct, 'written' over the old reality, a palimpsest. The mother however is not able to put her hatred aside and in the end she manages to destroy the elves, who can't stand the sunlight, by means of magnesium flares. As soon as there is nothing left of the elves but smoking corpses, the world begins to fade. [/spoiler]