Peter Salisbury

Biography

I studied Chemistry at university and then spent over thirty years in classrooms across England teaching almost anything but Chemistry, including Photography, Communications Skills, General Science, Computing, and Information and Communications Technology.

In the 1990s I spent ten years writing abstracts of chemical patents. These were distributed to research scientists by subscription. Articles of mine have been published in magazines and I have written assignments used for assessing Communications Skills for a major international Examination Board. About twelve years ago I began writing science fiction.

What next? Complete the fourth novel-length book in the SF series following on from 'Passengers to Sentience', 'Passengers to Zeta Nine' and 'Passengers: Revelations'.

The profile picture is a portrait of the author as a young man, painted by Charlotte Salisbury, the cover artist for 'The Old Store'.

Where to find Peter Salisbury online


Where to buy in print


Books

Ripper's World: Ripper Fights On
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Series: Ripper's World, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 80,160. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Veteran fighter Ripper Lee survived the Blight which killed billions around the globe but within weeks of regaining his old fight status, he is on the run again. Lorrayne Trent's world-dominating regime has branded him a terrorist for assisting the rebels, so now he must fight to prove his innocence. Only two people can help him: the lover who swore never to see him again and his spineless agent.
Ripper's World: The Blight
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Series: Ripper's World, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 81,910. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Ripper Lee, vintage fighter, saw the world collapse under a viral blight inflicted by the pharmaceutical giant Viral Benefits Corp. He was amongst the survivors who escaped from the mounds of the dead in the remains of the old world. Through the smoke the lucky ones emerged into a new world of rampant profit and corrupt corpies. Did Ripper have any reason to remain true to his ideals of fair play?
Junker's Moon: Inspector Vanessa Robin
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Series: Junker's Moon, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,130. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Vanessa Robin looked deeper into her shady past, studying news files of her exploits as a space pirate. Her ex-boss Ravenheart and a Doctor Sychs had conspired to destroy her memories by cutting out whole sections of her brain but as Vanessa became more aware of the person she had been before, she grew more determined to exact retribution on those who had done her harm.
Junker's Moon: Agent Vanessa Robin
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Series: Junker's Moon, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 46,350. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Marshall Brion, owner of Junker's Moon thought he saw a ghost when FBIS agent Vanessa Robin came to make an arrest. Months ago, he had seen pirate Vanessa Longtail killed before his eyes, yet now her name was different and she was in the uniform of a law enforcement officer, who not only failed to recognise him, but had no desire to end his life. It was a puzzle Brion felt compelled to solve.
Junker's Moon: Cult Ship
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Series: Junker's Moon, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,640. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Book 4 - Junker's Moon Scrap, Salvage and Servicing Company has the dubious honour of being visited by a cult ship, The Garden. The vessel is registered as having charitable status and is therefore beyond FBIS jurisdiction. Its owner, Pastor Gripthorne, holds captive more than one hundred female followers, and is set on a direct course to cause trouble with a capital 'T'.
Junker's Moon: Trouble Doubled
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Series: Junker's Moon, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,260. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Book 3: Junker's Moon Scrap, Salvage and Servicing Company is in a state of turmoil and uncertainty, following the grievous wounding of its proprietor, Marshall. He hovers close to death having been stabbed by Vanessa Longtail, the notoriously vengeful wife of space pirate Dirk Knight. Finding she had not succeeded in murdering Marshall, as had been her intention, she returns to finish the job.
Junker's Moon: Revenge
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Series: Junker's Moon, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,360. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Junker's Moon Scrap, Salvage and Servicing Company had a surge in popularity following the capture of notorious space pirate Dirk Knight. First there was the question of what to do with Knight's ship which contained an arsenal of weapons all of its own. What Marshall, proprietor of Junker's Moon had not bargained for though was the thirst for revenge and ferocity of Dirk's wife, Vanessa Longtail.
Junker's Moon: Pirate Gold
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Series: Junker's Moon, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,850. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Junker's Moon Scrap, Salvage and Servicing Company had never been attacked before but that didn't mean its base of operations was unprepared. Marshall Brion began the day with no idea that within a few hours he would need all the concentrated expertise of three generations of Brions. Space pirates were inbound to the station. They were something to be feared but also to be repelled at all costs.
Passengers: Pioneers
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Series: Peter Salisbury's Passengers Science Fiction, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 115,420. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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The fourth Passengers book follows the frantic rate of progress in three major colonies. New dangers overtake Raife and Nancy on Zeta Nine. Blis keeps a tight rein on his Zexx Two colonists, despite his complete dependence on them. Free Sentia is increasingly populated by dissident Sentience individuals. On each planet different factions vie for control, guaranteeing explosive tensions.
On Track (The Old Store Lost Tales: 4)
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Series: The Old Store. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,670. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
After narrowly escaping the massacre suffered by Rat's biker gang, Calli seeks a route less likely to end in deadly pursuit. Still with a thirst for adventure, she joins a small party riding a train across the post-apocalyptic landscape. They are not long out of the city when they realise that being stuck on a fixed track can be even more hazardous than being on the road. Bonus story: Bad Water.
Rat Attack (The Old Store: Lost Tales 3)
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Series: The Old Store. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,010. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Rat roars across a destroyed landscape, leading his gang of motorbike marauders armed with a newly found cache of automatic weapons. Rat is bent on taking over as the biggest wheel in the next place they hit town. Lost Tales Volume 3 contains the sequel stories of Rat and his outfit as he leaves behind the city with the Old Store and aims ever upwards. Also included: bonus story 'Ambush'.
British Zombie Breakout: Part Four
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Series: British Zombie Breakout. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,240. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
British Zombie Breakout Part Four: Last Gasp. Alex and Steve leave home together to begin their courses. After a week, everything was going so well, but then suddenly it wasn't - Alex goes missing when some hunk named Tarquin steps onto the scene. Unaware that the screaming may be about to start all over again, the other Kilkorne chums Rachel, Maisie and Fred prepare for college by shopping.
The Old Store: Lost Tales 2
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Series: The Old Store. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,680. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Yet more action and adventure set in the Families post-apocalyptic world. This second volume of Lost Tales complements 'The Old Store: A Science Fiction Anthology'. It wasn't simply the occasional peril falling on the Families in their search for new stocks of fuel and ammo, the presence of Rat's gang, Snake's deserters and Snake's bid to retake what he'd lost combined to add to the danger.
The Old Store: Lost Tales 1
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Series: The Old Store. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,020. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
More action and adventure set in the Families post-apocalyptic world. This first volume of stories complementing 'The Old Store: A Science Fiction Anthology' adds a new dimension to the experience of Snake's encounter with rival gang boss Rat. New stories then relate the perils the Families fall into when dealing with dwindling supplies of fuel and ammo.
Passengers: Revelations
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Series: Peter Salisbury's Passengers Science Fiction, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,650. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
(3.00)
In this third book, characters from the first two novels are brought together for further adventures. With the news media in a frenzy, Ben and Lori need help breaking news of an alien race. Symch and Goster have a shock for their jailers. Nancy finds more artefacts but her new home has dangers of its own and her scientists struggle with the crashed ship left by the long-vanished Zetans.
Flight 1401 A Science Fiction Anthology
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,020. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.50)
Near future science fiction: a lone youth is faced with deadly danger in a post-apocalyptic wasteland; a child finds a cache of century-old 'buried treasure'; a dying father reveals a secret world to his son; on a plane trip from NY to London, a young man's computer tablet is more capable than he anticipated; and the pressure to find new sources of fossil fuels leads to an ominous discovery.
British Zombie Breakout: Part Three
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Series: British Zombie Breakout. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,390. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Part Three: Zombies Go Global. The Minister's plots deepen, the virus goes awol, and Alex and Steve are on the run again. Where will zombies turn up next and can they be stopped from infecting the world? Will Rachel ever appear on TV or will Steve beat her to it? All this and more in the third and final epidemic: the concluding short story in the British zombie trilogy.
British Zombie Breakout: Part Two
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Series: British Zombie Breakout. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,990. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Part 2: Escape From Kilkorne. Zombies are still on the rampage, killing and infecting anyone in their path. Ten uninfected fugitives must prove they are clean by escaping the stricken village where they are trapped. Between the village and freedom stand a quarantine cordon, the army, a corrupt politician and the head of Breathdeep Bio Research Facility, all intent on their capture, dead or alive.
British Zombie Breakout: Part One
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Series: British Zombie Breakout. Price: Free! Words: 14,710. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
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Part 1. After the first zombie breakout infected half the country, the authorities should have been more careful. No-one in Kilkorne, a tiny fishing village with a picturesque castle and harbour, expected an attack. Five teenagers and five adults must attempt to survive a horde of highly infectious, half dead creatures, the army's attempt to burn down the village and a suspected case of haunting.
Ghost Circuits
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,200. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
A collection of six ghost and horror stories engineered for the information age: a computer simulation has a visitor, a killer App does just that, a cloud sucks the fun out of us, a dead phone rings, a lucky day is anything but, and a computer technician joins the fight to defeat alien hordes. The first five are new stories; the sixth is an extended version of the Ms Fixit flash fiction story.
The Old Store: A Science Fiction Anthology
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Series: The Old Store. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 55,370. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
An anthology of 26 themed short stories. A highly infectious, deadly plague took advantage of modern mass transport systems. It all but eradicated the populations of several continents. Only people with natural immunity survived the pandemic. Even fewer of those survived the aftermath. The Spere and Gunn families are still struggling to stay alive in a world where every day brings deadly threat.
Phantoms of the Quantum Rift
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,120. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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A global network of quantum generators is activated but instead of providing universal power, black tentacles of quantum fog drag individuals through a rift in space time. Then the phantoms appear. Are they the dead returning or the living trapped in the wrong dimension? Dave tries to put things right but he has troubles of his own: his wife is missing. Long version of 'Phades - Lost Souls'.
Ms Fixit
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Price: Free! Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(2.00)
Bernice is a computer data technician. Every day she services communications networks, both commercial and domestic. Trouble-shooting is her speciality. One morning on a routine job in the house of an officious client, events take an unexpected turn. A very short, free SF flash fiction story in less than 500 words.
Passengers to Zeta Nine
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Series: Peter Salisbury's Passengers Science Fiction, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,930. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
(4.71)
Raife and Doctor Nancy Zing’s electronic DNA records and mind patterns have been travelling for one hundred and twenty years. They will be the first humans to see Zeta Nine, a beautiful Earth-class planet covered in lush vegetation, warm seas and having an apparent absence of predators. Everything looks perfect, or is it too good to be true..?
The First Completely Electronic Robot and Science Fiction Limerick Book
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,230. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2009. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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Is it possible to tell a tall tale in as few as thirty words? That would require a limerick, a five-line rhyming cartoon in words. In this case fifty-four tiny capsule science fiction stories to make you smile: A hot little androidal miss - Who jets off steam with a hiss - Is made out of junk - And is very steam punk - So she's much too risky to kiss.

Smashwords book reviews by Peter Salisbury

  • The Sidewalk Solar System on Jan. 14, 2010

    What a great idea! My son will love this as he is interested in anything to do with Physics and space. This experiment will demonstrate very effectively the relative distances of planets in our solar system. The explanation is clear and easy to follow.
  • Falling Star on Dec. 23, 2010

    This guy knows his stuff! Phillip Chen has written a remarkable and stylish SF thriller, so prepare for a front seat drive. At the outset, the immediate action and vivid description of pilots in peril pull the reader straight into the story. What becomes as a deep-sea mystery soon turns into a switchback ride of deadly cat and mouse. The story has a continuous forward momentum and an underlying tension that doesn’t let go. It introduces a wide variety of richly drawn characters, each of which provokes an emotional response from the reader. There is effective use of humour in tense situations and a consistent thread of military/security service banter. However, many of the personnel in the book are trained in the use of lethal weapons and deadly force. The plot also includes chillingly realistic fire fights and assassinations. Although the reader may not wish to imagine himself in some of the situations, it is difficult to believe that the author has not been there himself, so precisely are the details recorded. Military use of undersea exploration craft and the reality of existence within such machinery is introduced in detail. Although the level of description might do justice to an internal security service report, on no occasion does it get in the way of this fast-paced thriller. The way the back story is woven unobtrusively into the action is very expertly done. A delight to the reader is the authoritative way the technical aspects of computer systems, submersible devices, weaponry and machinery are described. The novel works well as a standalone, with scope for a sequel. If there is a sequel, I shall definitely be in line to read it!
  • To Hook or Not to Hook, That is the Question? on Jan. 23, 2011

    I have just finished reading this most interesting, amusing and highly readable essay on the 'requirements' of modern literary fashion, including the 'need' for a dead body to be found on the first page. One of the most gratifying things about the e-publishing revolution is that the literary agent and his or her current preoccupations can be circumvented entirely. The solution is to upload your carefully edited file to one of several highly reputable ebook publishing sites and watch appreciative readers download what you have written. At least you hope the readers will be appreciative. If you have written with conviction and skill, there may be at least a handful of readers who do enjoy what you have produced. If a reader offers an opinion on what or how you have written and/or is kind enough to give you the benefit of his or her reaction in detail, it may be immensely helpful in making improvements. That brings me to the second most wonderful thing about the e-publishing revolution: if someone spots a typo, or the author decides to re-write a paragraph, the newly revised book can appear within minutes after its completion. In answer to the question the author poses in this book, I have to say that I agreed with pretty much everything.