Francis Harford was born in Australia. He appreciates that all is not as it seems - and is surprised that few know it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Some years ago, I noticed that nobody had ever really personified 'Mammon' in fiction. I also saw that the world was ripe for a no-holds-barred satire about globalisation, AI and the cult of celebrity.
Many of the things that I had on my mind in the nineties are now not far from fiction. So, I wrote a novel in three months. I christened it Planes, Cars and Stars as an homage to one of the best comedy movies of the 1980s. Hopefully, my compact satire stands the test of time - and raises a few chuckles.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to lay a foundation stone. What happens now is up to me.
Planes, Cars and Stars is a satire of galactic proportions. Tracy and Hippocrates ("Hippy") travel to the strange world of Amriff-Arret with Kurtiz, an intergalactic dandy. There, they discover that a 'sibling' planet of Earth is ruled by Mammon the Supercomputer and The Little Red Can Company.