Tony Compton

Biography

I was born and brought up in the New Forest, Hampshire, UK. After school at what is now Brockenhurst College, and Cambridge University, I worked briefly on colour TV cameras with the Marconi Company in Essex, then taught school physics there and in Hertfordshire. I moved on to electronics, specializing in the medical field as a lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire (formerly Hatfield Polytechnic), along with some design consultancy. I retired with my wife Elisabeth to Hexham, Northumberland, in 2006, from where we visit our three children and five grandchildren as often as we can.
Since then I have continued my other interests of classical music, particularly choral and organ, photography, natural history and theology (from a liberal/progressive standpoint). I also assist Elisabeth in running a Fairtrade stall. Elisabeth took the photo while we were on a walk in Northumberland, our other joint activity.
My writing stems from a desire to explore how science and technology affect people, their beliefs and their lives, as much as the subjects themselves, though I read New Scientist regularly to keep up to date.

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Books

Affairs of the Head
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 154,170. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
Jayne, 17 and shy, suspects the medical equipment she works with has a sinister use. With her friend Jon she investigates, her workplace burns down, she ends up in court and Jon is brain-damaged. During her self-discovery, and through to a bittersweet conclusion, she finds unexpected powers and qualities, and grows from a shy, downtrodden teenager into a worthy, if not always perfect hero.
Slaves in Eden
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 137,430. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Cardan Gentle lives with 200 friends on an idyllic island, awaiting subsumption with his god. He is captured, to discover that the world is infinitely bigger than he thought, that his destiny is horrific, but that he could be the key to destroy the horror. After dangerous adventures and despair, he at last finds tranquillity, in a world still uncertain, but where he can be a proper human being.
Butterfly
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,130. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Hampshire-born loner Johnny Pförtner decides to return to his (partly) Scottish roots, so he moves to a remote island and sets up home. There he discovers he can control the weather. An encounter with a gullible bookmaker leads to fortune then a journalist brings him fame. But a showdown she sets up between him, the police and the Brothers of Caledon leads to a sad though satisfying climax.
Perfect Picture
Price: Free! Words: 10,700. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Michael Angleby takes the credit for a unique photograph by a deceased friend. Timothy Maddox, age twelve, is convinced Angleby is lying but his proof would involve a confession to his mother. Angleby is defeated, via the reading of a haiku, but Tim’s secret is kept – almost. Early teen angst relieved with humour.

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