Chris Towndrow

Biography

I've been a sci-fi, speculative fiction and humour author since 1992.

My favourite work to date is 2019's Tow Away Zone, a quirky small-town comedy drama, set in modern day Arizona. It was originally designed as a Coen Brothers- type offbeat film, but I decided to novelise it instead.

In 2020 I published the sequel - Go Away Zone - which take the characters into a romcom caper with more love and livelihoods at stake.
In 2021 I'm hoping to complete the trilogy.

My sci-fi journey started with space opera “Scared Ground” being available on Kindle in 2012.
Warship captain Rakkel knows that the declaration of interstellar peace means the end of his career and the life he knows. Can he allow that to happen?

Published on Amazon in 2018 was my 2nd sci-fi novel - Imperfect Isolation - which embraces robotics, asteroid mining and a snowy drive in an 80-year-old Porsche 911. It's a wild ride for my wisecracking heroine Enna.

The sequel, Reprisals, followed in 2019. This takes the heroes of the first book, and the consequences of their actions, and dials up the stakes for their survival.

In early 2021 I released the 3rd instalment, Trip Hazard.
A third mishap in as many months has nearly befallen the tourist trade on Mars.
Enna Dacourt, however, senses it was no accident.
Is this all the work of pacifist anti-colonisation activists OnePlanet, or are other forces at work?

I'm currently editing a reflective Western, which was developed from a 2005 screenplay script.

I've written a collection of crazy humour stories/vignettes in the style of early Woody Allen prose - a real inspiration for me. The Real Jamie Oliver and Other Stories is basically a window into my nonsensical side.

Part of my writing effort is devoted to pantomime scripts. I’ve had 8 scripts performed and reached a total audience of over 5000 to date.

Where to find Chris Towndrow online

Videos

Tow Away Zone - trailer
Escape to the mysterious Arizona town of Sunrise, where a monochromatic travelling salesman finds a bounty of customers, a quirky girl, a million neon lights... and that his decade-long dream is a lie.

Books

The Real Jamie Oliver and Other Stories
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 19,900. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
A collection of comedic vignettes and absurd short stories, bereft of a single grain of truth, and guaranteed to raise many a smile. Whimsical, curious, and mercifully cheap.
Oswald
Price: Free! Words: 2,770. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
There’s a new employee at The Pegasus Corporation. Travelling salesman Beckman Spiers meets Oswald, hired to replace unlucky Cad Follic--who’s been attacked by a tiger. But Oswald has a secret past, and Beckman will never look at him the same again.
Trip Hazard
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,220. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A third mishap in as many months has nearly befallen the tourist trade on Mars. Enna Dacourt, however, senses it was no accident. The lead data architect on the Mars Advance program is found dead in a hotel room. Then the Mars Advance team find that a vital data backup drive is missing. Is this all the work of pacifist anti-colonisation activists OnePlanet, or are other forces at work?
Reprisals
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,220. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A test flight crashes on the Moon. A key trial witness is killed while under police protection. The death of a leading roboticist, seemingly cut and dried, suddenly looks suspicious. Hiding in the shadows, others blame Lieutenant Dacourt for everything, and are bent on reprisal. Can she track down the source of all the ills which befall her?
Go Away Zone
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,140. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
A small town. A happy couple. An accountant with a grudge. A corporate deal-maker on the prowl. An unexplored portal to nobody-knows-where. A dramatic comedy caper fuelled by coffee, friendships and switchbacks aplenty.
Imperfect Isolation
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,170. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Lieutenant Enna Dacourt is stranded on a deserted asteroid with a brilliant roboticist. Killers on Earth hold knives to the throats of her family, unless she plays along with the subversive scheme of a global CEO. At stake are the future of humanoid robot development, and the destiny of the most successful company on Earth. Getting off the asteroid alive is only the beginning of her adventure...
Scared Ground
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 107,230. Language: British English. Published: February 23, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The end of a long interstellar war. A religious leader rallies his followers to a quest. A warship Captain ponders an uncertain future. A lone alien rebel seeks to prolong the conflict. A terrible secret comes to light. All their paths converge. What does peace look like?
Jefferson Trilby And The London Stage
Price: Free! Words: 2,170. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The tale of an appalling playwright, as told in the memoirs of a luvvie actor.
Weather Ant
Price: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
For many generations, mankind has sought to forecast the weather, whether it be for personal interest or the public good. Latterly, the steady advance of computers has contributed greatly to the accuracy of forecasting, but naturally is a costly process. The most recent trials in weather prediction have centred around a simple but effective process involving livestock. Specifically, ants.
Gilbert & Turner
Price: Free! Words: 4,000. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Surely the most famous pantomime horse stalwarts of the last fifty years, Gilbert and Turner carved a matchless niche in the industry, and it’s only proper that we take this time to look back over their lives and career.
Drominivich’s Fourth
Price: Free! Words: 970. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
The works of little-known composer Ilya Drominivich, often regarded as impenetrably complex in their orchestration, have been the subject of little enlightening scrutinisation since his death in 2005. Now, however, a critical dissection of his most under-performed work—the dark Fourth Symphony—has been uncovered.
Six Sales, AZ.
Price: Free! Words: 3,220. Language: American English. Published: February 20, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
At the end of a disappointing sales week, Beckman is disgruntled to discover that the Coffee Planet branch he’d earmarked for his afternoon fix has burned down. In a nearby independent café, he meets Jolene, finally manages to order something besides his usual brew… and discovers a that maybe she’s not as sweet as she seems.
Accidental Valentine
Price: Free! Words: 2,800. Language: British English. Published: February 14, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
For travelling salesman Beckman Spiers, February 14th is the same every year—just another day. He’ll never enjoy the romantic success that his arch-rival Tyler does. Except this year might be different.
Tow Away Zone
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,000. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Travelling salesman Beckman Spiers is facing another year of lacklustre performance until he happens upon the mysterious town of Sunrise. What its quirks hold for him could be salvation, professionally and romantically. But salvation can attract demons near and far. Tow Away Zone is a black comedy in monochrome and colour.