My novels are futuristic and science-fiction stories. Some are set in the near future, in a world not all that different to our own, while others are set in a much more distant arena, involving any combination of space-stations, terra-formed planets, genetically-modified soldiers, aliens and the odd convenient war or two, but still dealing with people who need to make a living to keep a roof over their head and food on the table.
In short, they are a collection of individual tales about people who, when it comes down to it, are just having a bad day.
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Ben has to deal with the new crew of the Bonaventure, suspicious officers within Min-XR, and some troublesome fish. Meanwhile he has taken up Finnish and is experimenting with the common cold. This is the third in the series of snippet stories about Ben the alien and his life amongst humans.
Ben is back on board the Bonaventure, and the ship is on its way back to base. Meanwhile his new hobbies include surgery, taking watches apart (not necessarily with the owner’s permission) and shrugging. This is the second series of snippet stories about Ben the alien and his life amongst humans.
You do not play hide-and-seek with dead bodies. This is one of the things the alien calling himself Ben learns when he first comes across a ship full of humans. He has soon read the contents of the entire ship’s computer and knows more about humans than the whole crew put together, but as playing at humans turns out to be fun he decides to stick around for a while.
When the Counter Corruption Unit arrives it includes a psychic whose word is enough to ruin any career. DS Duke is appointed as Liaison, a role she resumes a few weeks later when the psi returns to help identify the victims of a serial killer and retrieve their bodies. But psis are both feared and hated and are rarely welcome, even when they come to help the police rather than prosecute them...
The cease-fire is about to end. Resistance leader Hester is sent to the neighbouring city-state of Sickle Bush, run by a Freelander called Reever, to set up an alliance against the Eden-seekers. The Union States funded Reever’s rescue from a kidnapping and arranged his reinstatement to power, and in return want his help. Reever agrees to work with Hester, but has his own battles to fight.
‘Queenie’ Mab, ex-inmate of the notorious Charity Island prison, is employed as a poorly-paid trouble-shooter. She accepts the chance to make extra money by helping to escort the Zampigli party to the backwoods to witness the recovery of bodies from an old massacre. But with unwelcoming travelling companions and unexpected discoveries in the woods, earning the money is not going to be easy.
Surah Garter is a ‘spirit walker’, a remote-viewer who works for a government department. But she has not been entirely honest about her skills, and her abilities are far greater than she has ever admitted. She has to balance her need for secrecy with the knowledge that there are people trying to use the department for their own ends, and is soon in a fight to stay in control of her own life.