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Chris Dolley is a New York Times bestselling author, a pioneer computer game designer and a teenage freedom fighter. That was in 1974 when Chris was tasked with publicising Plymouth Rag Week. Some people might have arranged an interview with the local newspaper. Chris created the Free Cornish Army, invaded the country next door, and persuaded the UK media that Cornwall had risen up and declared independence. As he told journalists at the time, 'It was only a small country, and I did give it back.'
In 1981, he created Randomberry Games and wrote Necromancer, one of the first 3D first person perspective D&D computer games.
In 2004, his acclaimed novel, Resonance, was the first book plucked out of Baen's electronic slushpile.
Now he lives in rural France with his wife and a frightening number of animals. They grow their own food and solve their own crimes. The latter out of necessity when Chris's identity was stolen along with their life savings. Abandoned by the police forces of four countries who all insisted the crime originated in someone else's jurisdiction, he had to solve the crime himself. Which he did, and got a book out of it - the International bestseller, French Fried: One Man's Move to France With Too Many Animals And An Identity Thief.
He writes SF, Fantasy, Mystery, Humour and Memoir. His memoir, French Fried, is an NY Times bestseller. What Ho, Automaton! - the first of his Reeves and Worcester Steampunk Mysteries series - was a finalist for the 2012 WSFA Small Press Award.
on Oct. 19, 2017 :
Brilliantly funny book and a positive joy to read .
Brings together humour and steampunk together in a most enjoyable way , throughly recommended .
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 05, 2011 :
Just finished this book and I'm stll roflmao! A send up of the Jeeves stories from the early 20th century by P.G. Wodehouse which themselves were a satire of the english gentry of the time. Reggie Worcester and his automaton Reeves set out to discover who is kidnapping the cream of british debutante society, hilarity ensues from the first page to the last. Just don't read it in bed while the person next to you is trying to sleep!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)