I was born in Essex, England, in 1951.
My early days of work as an engineer led me to Norway where I met my future wife Kari. She moved to England where we married and raised our two daughters. We moved back to Norway in 1985.
My wife and I now live far in the north, well within the Arctic Circle, in the land of the midnight sun. Life here is slow and comfortable, blessed by unspoilt nature and its magnificent moods.
Being creative in the written form gives me vast pleasure. I hope, dear reader, you will take a break from your world and lose yourself in one of mine.
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Clouds over Planet X
For a few secret agents, space travel and contact with extraterrestrial beings is an everyday event. For a few commonplace people, mind powers are developing into something more than obscure parlour tricks. When aggressive aliens threaten to destroy Earth, each of these people must decide where their loyalties lay and join forces to crush the invaders.
Gypsies set up camp on the Cloud’s estate, protecting themselves with strong magic. Eviction by brute force proves useless, so Alf and Bert, the two burly security guards, compose a few tricks of their own.
The Professor's Conundrum
During a lecture, Professor Maurice Masterson, resolute advocate of physics and logic, presents a mystery that drives him crazy. Only one student has conviction enough to offer a solution – God alone knows if he's right.
What should we do with those louts who leave their litter behind them wherever they go? Would they think twice if their rubbish automatically ended up between their bed sheets? Alf and Bert 'borrow' one of Trevor Cloud's half-finished experiments and start a revenge campaign against the litterbugs. Which would be fine, except human error and half-finished experiments make a poor combination…
A defect television blasting white noise is not only annoying, it could also signal the end of the universe. Professor Maurice Masterson is selected as our saviour. All he needs is a bit of persuading – and a yellow sponge.
Outgrowth of the Brain
Alf and Bert, the burly new security guards, are no match for professional thieves who break and enter the Cloud Brother's mansion. That is, until young Master Trevor adapts Alf's cranium.
An alien's booby trapped wormhole hurls Trevor, Russell, and an icebreaker with its motley crew into deep space. If that wasn't bad enough, the wormhole goes wrong, stranding them inside. Somehow or another they have to escape, because if they don't, the world will drown in Pink Water.
Caution: if you suffer from elevator phobia, do not read!
Granddad treats his family to a sea-side vacation. He'd stayed at the same hotel when he was ten years old. Next week it's being demolished...
‘Are you telling us,’ said John, finding it hard to control himself, ‘that you have a brother out there, flying around in a homemade spacecraft tied together with bits of wire mesh and tape, and these all powerful aliens can’t harm him in any way?’
Smashwords book reviews by James Field
- Midge Fly and the End of The World
on March 18, 2013
If you enjoyed 'Hitchhikers guide to the...', download this e-book immediately – in my opinion, this book is better!
This is one of those science fiction novels where the universe isn't a big enough arena. This novel spreads across multi-universes and time as if a trip to a far distant planet, or the past, or the future, is as easy and accessible as stroll down the lane to the neighbour.
Sounds unlikely? Well, it isn't, not the way Ruben Fønsbo explains the principles and theories of time and space. He makes it sound so simple even mother would understand. (well, maybe not. Not if she's anything like mine.)
But this isn't a story about dry physics, this is a succulent tale about aliens and unsuspecting humans all caught up in an imaginative plot that kept me turning the pages from start to finish.
This is a 'fun' read, far superior to most other books in this genre, and I have no problem recommending it, no matter what genre you prefer.
- The Second Corollary
on May 03, 2013
Intelligent, well written and entertaining. What more could you ask for?
on May 03, 2013
I was so impressed with Martin Thompson's short story 'The Second Corollary', that I downloaded this one too. I wasn't disappointed, this is just as good.
Well done Mr. Thompson, please write more.
- Selected Short Stories Featuring Ghost Dust
on May 14, 2013
It takes a special author to write an interesting short story. Nicolas Wilson is one of those talented people. In 'Ghost Dust & Selected Short Stories' he presents us with a collection of sixteen tales. The shortest, 'Ghost Dust', is only 430 words; the longest, 'Prisoners of War', is 6379 words.
Written in the style of a modern Edgar Alan Poe, many with macabre plots, this selection includes crime, science fiction, the supernatural, and even a fairytale.
Here are many fine stories. My two favourites are: 'Suicide Spear', a 'defend-our-world-from-invading-aliens' science fiction; and the brilliant, 'Hang Around', a fascinating tale of reincarnation.
Nicolas Wilson's preface informs the reader that some of his stories are snippets from novels he's working on or finished. Unfortunately, he doesn't tell us which.
As you might expect from a journalist, Nicolas Wilson writes competently. Fourteen of his sixteen stories use first-person narrator. My only criticism with many of these stories is the excessive use of abbreviations and acronyms, I found them confusing and annoying. In, 'Prisoners of War', I counted 42 examples. To my mind, this is jargon.
Apart from that, these stories are well worth reading and I look forward to further works from Mr. Nicolas Wilson.
on Sep. 12, 2013
I downloaded this free short story and stored it with all the other free ebooks. Many aren't fit for reading, most simply lay there forgotten and lost. But this short story is a little gem and shines above the majority. It doesn't take many minutes to read, give it a go, I'm sure you'll agree.
- Black Water
on Sep. 22, 2013
Spooky little piece. Well written. Well done.
on Sep. 22, 2013
This story is a bit rough on the edges and confusing at times. A complicated but interesting plot held my attention to the satisfying end.
- Explain That to a Martian
on Oct. 20, 2013
Excellent, recommend it.
- Uncharted Frontier EZine Issue 14
on Jan. 15, 2014
Found this book by pure chance, it just happened to be on the front page of Smashwords when I was also there.
Really good stories, Allan Kaspar knows how to pick them.
Strange nobody else has written a review, even stranger this brilliant series of books of short stories is so hidden and anonymous. Didn't find it on Goodreads or Amazon.
Highly recommend them, keep up the good work.
- Mice Movie
on March 14, 2014
Squeak, Rolo and Louise, three charming mice who live peacefully in a cinema – until discovered! The owner calls in an expert to exterminate the mice and our furry little friends must fight cunningly for their lives.
A well-written tale most suited for adults to read to their young children. I tried it out on my grandchildren and they loved it. All it needs are few pictures.
- Homing Mouse
on March 14, 2014
Lonely Rolo the mouse befriends a boastful Homing Pigeon and joins him in the sky – dangling in a teacup tied to a bunch of balloons! Of course, things go wrong…
Like all the best children's stories, this charming tale subtly hides an important moralistic message. It's fun too.
- The Mice Meet a Hero
on March 14, 2014
I read this short story in 2014, one hundred years after the First World War started. This story is a reminder of war's atrocities and heartbreaks from a pet's eye view.
Well written and easy to read.
Although this is the third adventure in the excellent 'Mice' children's book series, I can't imagine children would find it interesting. The story's message is more suitable for adults, but I can't imagine why adults should want to read a children's book.
So we have a riddle here, who is the intended audience? Perhaps all of us, lest we should forget.
- Mouse Moonwalk
on June 08, 2014
Rolo the mouse learns how to moonwalk and is carried away with fame. Life as a celebrity soon turns sour and he longs for his old life and friends.
This is another super addition in the children's series about the mischevous mice Squeak, Rolo and Louise; Froggy the cat; and Roger the pigeon. They all live a secret, safe, comfy, but sometimes tedious life in a cinama theatre.
As always, in the best tradition of children's books, Mr sky's story is loaded with subtle morals.
- Iron William and the Carpenter's Tears
on Sep. 12, 2014
The scene is set during the reign of King Henry VIII. The English, French, Spanish and Roman Monarchies are at war with one another. The Church demands sovereignty over all nations, including Turks and the Holy Lands.
Mixed up in all this is Iron William Kidd, a freelance spy with extraordinary qualities. His quest is to outmanoeuvre these warring factions and restore the mystical Carpenter's Tears to the Vatican, a task that seems impossible.
This story brings to mind Treasure Island and James Bond, a powerful and engaging combination. On top of that, Michael Gardner's prose seethes with so much energy I worried my e-reader would melt!
This is one of those undiscovered books that belong at the top of all best-seller lists. If you enjoy high adventure, read it. You'll be glad you did.