George J Cole


After retiring from a scientific and management career in industry, George Cole began formally setting down ideas that had been in his mind for many years, and has now published three books on the Smashwords site.
George and his wife celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary in 2012. Children Jennifer and Peter have assisted their father’s writing not only with critical appraisal but also with contributions to its content.


Fear Psychology
Price: Free! Words: 9,130. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2013. Categories: Essay » Sociology
The author advances a theory of human behaviour based on the concept of a primal fear of not surviving. Evidence of such a fear is presented, and the ways we assuage or suppress it are described. These reveal its relevance to the emotions of love, anger, addiction and depression. A suggestion for dealing with the fear rationally, is offered.
Around the World for 900 Years: Watching History Happen
Price: Free! Words: 47,250. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » History » World, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
(5.00 from 1 review)
Cole's history is World News, reported as it happens by a roving observer/commentator in an imaginary space station drifting around the Earth for 900 years. He observes interesting events that are happening about the same time in different parts of the world. The commentator has to return to base occasionally, and misses a lot of the dull bits.
That's Funny: A Theory of Humor
Price: Free! Words: 14,820. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Contemporary philosophy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Ever wondered why we find something funny or why we laugh? You might be surprised by the reason. Have you ever wondered how people make up jokes? Would you like to be able to do so? A theory of humor is arrived at through the analysis of more than eighty fine jokes. Study has never been so much fun.

Smashwords book reviews by George J Cole

  • Sister on Oct. 16, 2012

    Possible bias warning: I am the writer's father. That said, I found 'Sister' creepy scary. Readers will keep returning to the girl's face on the cover as the horror develops, and most will carry the memory of the story around with them for a long time. If horror is your thing, look no further.
  • Bottoms Up on Nov. 09, 2012

    Fluent and funny. I was led to it by my interest in the theory of why something is funny. Even wrote a book about it. Has to do with winning I think. Write more please. George
  • The Bundle on Dec. 03, 2012

    This short smartly written tale has an unexpectedly happy ending but I found the overall tone too sad for my liking which leads me to lower a five rating.
  • The Bodies Out Back on Dec. 23, 2012

    This excellent unputdownable whodunnit is free! Perhaps to encourage, nay guarantee, the reading of more by the same author.