Hylton Smith

Biography

Born in the Northeast of England, I graduated from Newcastle University in Chemistry. My entire career has been in the manufacturing industry, first in research, then general management. After a number of years as the chief executive of a UK division of an American multinational corporation, I set up my own company, and in less than five years I was able to retire and turn to a boyhood yearning to write science fiction stories. This has gradually expanded to other genres such as alternate history and crime fiction.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I like to read realistic science fiction, crime fiction, and mysteries in general. I also like the odd political thriller.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle and a tablet on which I can download books. I prefer a dedicated e-reader when I am not going to be interrupted.
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Books

The Man Who Never Was
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Price: Free! Words: 78,190. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
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In 1986, Derwenthaugh Coke Works closed, and demolition began. A strange discovery halts the regeneration plans. As there is no obvious explanation as to why these artefacts are there, the police become involved. The only clue which offers any progress points to events which took place many years ago. When a young police officer thinks she has seen one of the objects before, the intrigue thickens.
Fog on the Tyne
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 252,070. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Fog on the Tyne is a trilogy, covering three murder cases which were investigated by D.C.I. Jack Renton, a dysfunctional old-school detective. Resident Fear, Frankenstein and The Red Kite Killings are all set in the Northeast of England. A different serial killer is involved in each book, with their unique trade mark M.O. and purpose. The Red Kite Killings is Renton's last case.
The Red Kite Killings
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Series: Fog on the Tyne. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 75,100. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Jack Renton was on a rare vacation when he was asked to return and check out a body which had been recovered from the River Tyne. He initially refused. When apprised of the victim’s mutilation, he became obsessed with an old case, from which he still suffered flashbacks. His team was concerned at such a delusional pursuit, but then a second body was discovered. Was a copycat killer responsible?
The Jupiter Paradox
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Price: Free! Words: 76,370. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Following the Era of Conflict between Homo-Sapiens and the Cyborgs they created, a tentative period of cooperation emerged. The residual population was heavily skewed to the Borg template. By 2175, the radiation threat from the dissipating ozone layer had escalated to worrying levels. The Rift Incident had to be investigated.
Frankenstein.com
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Series: Fog on the Tyne. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 73,680. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Frankenstein.com is the sequel to Resident Fear. Two years on from arresting the serial killer involved, a new challenge faces D.C.I. Renton. The story is once again set in the Northeast of England, but this case appears to be more complicated than expected, compared with the stepwise murders of a serial killer. Several victims have apparently been simultaneously selected for a common purpose.
Resident Fear
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Series: Fog on the Tyne. Price: Free! Words: 103,500. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Resident Fear is a crime thriller set in the Northeast of England in 2018, after Britain was expelled from the European Union. The body of a wealthy Industrialist is found draped at the base of the iconic sculpture - The Angel of the North. D.C.I. Jack Renton soon realises it is no ordinary homicide, it has the hallmarks of a serial killer. Civil unrest and political apathy stoke the fear.
The Ice Wars of Dominia
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Series: Evilution. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 82,390. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Ice Wars of Dominia is the final volume in the Evilution series. A century has passed since the cataclysmic events of 2045. Climatic change has accelerated, and ice covers most of the planet. All Earth inhabitants are gradually forced into a narrow band of habitable domain, known as the Temperate Zone. A clash of nomadic and indigineous cultures is inevitable, fuelled by a species in orbit.
Evilution
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 244,360. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Evilution is comprised of The Sacred Protocol, Divine Extinction and The Ice Wars of Dominia. The first is an alternate history, scifi thriller. Two pivotal events in history lead to the collapse of the internet. It becomes a race against time to prevent global implications of meltdown. Divine Extinction takes the story on. The threat of extinction is back, then total war looms in book three.
The Nexus Odyssey
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Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 304,710. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
The Nexus Odyssey is an epic journey of human exploration. Overpopulation and its attendant problems force colonisation of another planet. Having achieved this salvation, the relations between Earth and Mars become fractious, and this leads to the development of interstellar propulsion capability, a joint strategy of humans and intelligent aliens. The problems are immense, and benefits uncertain.
Divine Extinction
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Series: Evilution. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 82,840. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Divine Extinction is the second volume in the Evilution series. They thought they had engineered temporary respite from the threat to humanity. Four years was a convincing period of inactivity. The vigil was suddenly invaded by fear of a completely different danger, which hovered over the species. Contemplation of the consequences was bad enough without the emergence of an immovable deadline.
The Sacred Protocol
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Series: Evilution. Price: Free! Words: 79,330. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Sacred Protocol is the first volume in the Evilution series. It is an alternate history crime thriller. Two pivotal events in history have a very different outcome. The first is the Spanish Armada. The story swiftly moves to the collapse of the internet in 2016. A slide to dystopian culture is avoided by the new SACRED system. An increasing number of protesters against SACRED die mysteriously.
Renewal
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Series: The Nexus Odyssey. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 83,710. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Renewal is the fourth volume in The Nexus Odyssey. The city vessel Phoenix is in its 43rd year of the journey from Mars to the 55 Cancri system. The three species aboard are shocked to find Nexus is nothing like the Axis remembered. Renewal chronicles the struggle between the crew and a lifeform which tries to control them, while Mars is unaware of the same threat as the surface temperature rises.
The Darwinian Extension: Completion
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Series: The Nexus Odyssey. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 74,750. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
The Darwinian Extension: Completion is the third volume in The Nexus Odyssey. Over twenty years have passed since the Martian colony was founded and the planet has a thin but breathable atmosphere, and more than 50,000 citizens. The efforts to develop interstellar propulsion seem to stagnate when a breakthrough is achieved. Nuclear weapon proliferation on Earth raises the tension to flash point.
The Darwinian Extension: Transition
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Series: The Nexus Odyssey. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 74,260. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Transition is the second volume in the Nexus Odyssey series. A fragile foothold was established on Mars during the first volume. The sequel takes up the story of how humanity deals with the discovery of another life form and the schism which develops between the two planets. A second discovery on Mars throws the relationship into potential meltdown, sending a very a sobering message to Eatrh.
The Darwinian Extension: Initiation
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Series: The Nexus Odyssey. Price: Free! Words: 74,650. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
The Darwinian Extension is the first volume in the Nexus Odyssey, and begins two and a half decades into the future. There exists a complex cocktail of human failings in addressing the planet's ability to sustain worldly trends. A new space age becomes a necessity. The unfolding events on Earth and Mars cause a political rift, which is eclipsed by a sinister discovery on the red planet.

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