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I am an Englishman, born and technically educated in London, England, and now living in Austria; but in the winter, in the warmer Canary Island of Tenerife. I originally qualified as a Chartered Design Engineer, specializing in Applied Physics products.
For developments in the field of low temperature (cryo)surgery instruments, and very high temperature (carbon fibre) processing furnaces, the Queen awarded me an MBE.
Earlier in life I also wrote and sold science-fiction and humorous stories, was an active SF Fan, and a spare time lecturer for the British Interplanetary Society., now retired I write of quirky speculative fiction; mostly tall Science Fiction and Macabre tales, with over 100 short stories published in various collections. The first 3 volumes in my near future SF series, POINTS OF VIEW, have been acquired by Eternal Press, Madison, Wisconsin for general readers, but especially young adults. My best selling, THE SINGULARITY IS COMING, book is published in English and Chinese versions.
on Oct. 24, 2014 :
Very inspiring book, but I have issues with the story of the maverick writer
This book has one of the best lines I've ever read, "Trials and tribulations presumably scatter in the breeze with the dust of the thing as it crumbles in your fist, or shatters under your heel." Wow, truer words were never said before. The intro that explains why you might consider writing as a therapy is quite humorous and original; I know that you can use writing for therapy, but I have never seen it explained like this anywhere else before. The autobiographical note is extremely inspiring; any wannabe writer who is on the fence about taking the plunge should read it and especially re-read this passage several times - "if you don't have the time to be a perfectionist, there can be contentment in accepting adequacy, defined perhaps as the acceptable limit of one's abilities. I also suspect that the trick is to never give up until you get as far as you truly believe you can, or maybe stop just before that." What follows is an account of a how a person became a bestselling writer - the account illustrates the aforesaid passage quite well.
My issue, with the story of the maverick writer, is that he follows a rather unethical route of using the signature of an eminent writer in order to build his own career, something that I would never do, would I?
(reviewed the day of purchase)